Many native peoples all over the world have used false face masks during rituals, as a symbol of fertility or manhood, or as a demonstration of tribal culture. If you are teaching children about native cultures, you can make the lesson more exciting by having each child make a false face mask just like that of an ancient tribal culture. You can make false face masks using basic materials that can be purchased at a craft supply store.
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Things you need
- Paper mache pulp
- Straight pin
- Pen knife
- Acrylic paint
Blow up a large balloon, and tie the end into a knot.
Mix together 2 cups of paper mache pulp and 2 cups of water in a bowl. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
Apply the mixture over one side of the balloon lengthwise until it is covered in a thick coating of paper mache. Let the paper mache dry completely on the balloon.
Pop the balloon, then remove the popped balloon from the paper mache shell.
Trim the edges of the shell with scissors to make the edges clean and smooth.
Cut out eye holes and nose holes using a pen knife.
Cut out two holes on either side of the mask in which you will string the ties to hold the mask onto your face.
Decorate the mask with bright acrylic paints. Paint on patterns that would have been used by native peoples, such as zigzags, stripes, and triangles.
Tie a piece of 8-inch long yarn onto each side hole.
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