"The Phantom of the Opera" has inspired artists, singers, dancers and crafters ever since Gaston Leroux's original story was first published. Then Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical of 1986 captured the imagination of the public and has been a hit show ever since. Many people who love the story want to create something of their own from it. For those with craft skills, the possibilities are endless.
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By far the most iconic symbol of "The Phantom of the Opera" is the Phantom's mask. However, everyone in the musical wears masks during the Masquerade scene. Create a mask using papier mache and then either paint it to look like the Phantom's mask or decorate it with sequins, ribbons, glitter, feathers and paint to be a masquerade style mask.
If you have skills in woodworking, carve a music box in the shape of a rose or a mask. Carve an opening in the interior for the machinery that plays the music -- the mechanical music box pieces that play songs from "The Phantom of the Opera" can be purchased to insert into your handmade box.
For a truly authentic music box, make the monkey that is auctioned off in the first scene and is left in the Phantom's lair at the end. He is typically shown with a red vest and playing cymbals. You could either carve him from wood or mould him out of clay which you can then bake and paint. The windup mechanical pieces that play the music can go inside the monkey with the crank sticking out. Or you can mount the monkey on top of a music box into which the music box pieces are placed.
Afghan or Quilt
If you have skills in knitting, crocheting or quilting, you can make "The Phantom of the Opera" themed blanket. Use black and white as your primary colours and then work in motifs of the mask and a long-stemmed red rose. Pattern charts for crocheted afghans are occasionally available on crafter auction websites.
If you have recently seen a production of "Phantom of the Opera," use your ticket stubs to create a scrapbook page. Start with a black background. Alternatively, you could purchase commercial pages designed for "Phantom of the Opera." Background pages include ballet shoes, Raoul, the Phantom, Christine, the Phantom as Red Death and musical notes. Include any photos of the theatre, the performers or such icons as the mask, a rose, the music box, ballerinas or an organ.
Create a pair of throw pillows that are done in "Phantom of the Opera" theme. Use a rich, velvety black fabric for the outer covering of the pillows. On one pillowcase, cut out a Phantom mask using a photo printout as a template. Sew the mask onto the pillowcase cover. If you wish, you can also find an iron-on of the musical title logo. For the second pillow, cut out a long-stem rose using green and red fabric. The rose can be three-dimensional with only the bottom sewn onto the pillow. Then cut a back, sew three of the edges together, fill the pillow with a pillow form and sew the final edge together.
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