Whether for Halloween or for play, your kids may want to make masks of some of their favourite cartoon characters. Using construction paper is always an option, but it won't last long in the hands of an overzealous child. Create more sturdy masks out of paper mache that kids can play with repeatedly.
Find an outline drawing of Tom and Jerry and trace the images onto two separate pieces of newspaper. Cut out these tracings, including the eyes and mouth, and set them aside. Mix 1 cup of flour and ½ cup of water in a bowl until you achieve the consistency of pancake batter. If you think the mixture is too thick or too thin, add additional flour or water in small amounts.
Cut or rip the newspaper into strips. Affix the newspaper cutouts to each cardboard eye mask with craft glue. Allow it to dry for about an hour. The eye mask provides a more sturdy foundation for newspaper cutout. If the eye mask doesn't match the shape of the newspaper cutouts, trim the eye mask if necessary. It is fine if the eye mask is smaller than the newspaper cutout because you're going to build up the base with layers of wet newspaper.
Dip each strip of newspaper into the flour and water mixture, removing any excess mixture from the strips by running them through your index and middle finger. Place these strips over the newspaper cutout one layer at a time, allowing each layer of the mask to dry for about 24 hours. When you feel that you have applied enough layers and have a sturdy mask foundation, poke a hole in both sides of the mask to attach the string or rubber band that will hold the mask in place.
Paint the newspaper with white or off-white paint to create a neutral surface for the masks. Allow the paint to dry for several hours. Next, use paint to create the faces of Tom and Jerry. It would be helpful to have a colour picture of both Tom and Jerry as a model.
Apply a craft sealant to the masks to seal and add a glossy finish. Allow the finish to dry for about 24 hours. Finally, feed string or a cut rubber band through the two previously poked holes to hold the mask to your face.