How to Make False Face Masks for a School Project

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How to Make False Face Masks for a School Project
Kids can make false face masks to wear for a class play or costume party. (mask image by maya from

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

  • Balloon
  • Paper mache pulp
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Straight pin
  • Pen knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Yarn

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  1. 1

    Blow up a large balloon, and tie the end into a knot.

  2. 2

    Mix together 2 cups of paper mache pulp and 2 cups of water in a bowl. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Pop the balloon, then remove the popped balloon from the paper mache shell.

  5. 5

    Trim the edges of the shell with scissors to make the edges clean and smooth.

  6. 6

    Cut out eye holes and nose holes using a pen knife.

  7. 7

    Cut out two holes on either side of the mask in which you will string the ties to hold the mask onto your face.

  8. 8

    Decorate the mask with bright acrylic paints. Paint on patterns that would have been used by native peoples, such as zigzags, stripes, and triangles.

  9. 9

    Tie a piece of 8-inch long yarn onto each side hole.

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