How to Mount & Hang Decorative Carved Wooden Native American Masks

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How to Mount & Hang Decorative Carved Wooden Native American Masks
Most Native American masks are made from wood. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Most Native American masks are carved from wood. Wooden booger masks were worn by the Cherokee and other Indians in ritual dances. The masks were purposely made ugly so they would represent what they considered to be their enemies. The masks would show horns, vicious teeth, other animal features or have grimacing mouths. Traditionally, the Native American masks were painted and decorated with natural dyes or paint from plants, roots and walnuts. Masks are still carved today by Native American crafters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Small eye hooks
  • Ruler
  • Picture frame wire
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Screw an eye hook into the back of the mask on each side. Place them so that when the wire is attached it will not be visible from the front.

  2. 2

    Measure the space between the two eye hooks that were placed on the back of the mask.

  3. 3

    Cut the picture frame wire so it is 2 to 3 inches longer than the actual measurement between the hooks.

  4. 4

    Insert one end of the piece of wire about 1 inch in one eye hook. Wrap this end of the wire around the eye hook several times to secure it. Attach the other end of the wire into the other eye hook in the same manner.

  5. 5

    Put a tack or small nail in the wall where you want to hang your mask. Hang the mask on the wall in the desired position. Add more masks if desired to complete your design.

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