Making your own masquerade masks

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Making your own masquerade masks
Design your own masquerade mask for masquerade parties (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Masquerade masks originated in Italy as a mask that could be worn to parties for the upper class. The masks allowed people to flirt with each other without being noticed. Today, the masks are popular at Masquerade parties and at Mardi Gras. You can make your own Masquerade mask and decorate it the way you would like it to avoid having to purchase a costly mask.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Unfinished mask (white)
  • Wooden dowel (10 inches in length and 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter)
  • Metallic paint or spray paint
  • Decorations (sequins, rhinestones, ribbons and coloured feathers)
  • Hot glue gun (with glue sticks)
  • Cardboard (if applicable)
  • Pencil (if applicable)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the unfinished mask with your choice of metallic paint and paint any patterns onto the mask that you would like. Paint the wooden dowel with the same paint colours in a design that you would like.

  2. 2

    Put a glue stick into your hot glue gun and let it warm up. Once the glue gun has warmed up the glue, drip dots of glue on the mask and place rhinestones and sequins on the mask in a design that you would like.

  3. 3

    Put a dab of hot glue onto the ribbons and attach them to the back of the mask so that they drape down. Attach feathers to the back of the mask with hot glue.

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like to make your own mask, outline the mask on cardboard with a pencil and cut it out using scissors. Decorate the mask in the same manner as the purchased unfinished white mask.

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