Whether as part of a larger costume or simply as a craft for a rainy afternoon, making bird masks is a popular activity at home or in classroom art programs. The variety of masks that can be made is limited only by the number of birds there are to emulate. Projects range from quick and easy for younger children to the more complicated for older children, adults and amateur artists.
Printable Bird Mask
When preparing for a craft project with very young children (preschool age and younger) often simpler is better. A printable bird mask can be found online at ColorbookMasks. This mask can be printed out on medium-weight, matt cardstock for a project with greater stability. Allow little crafters to colour the mask in and have an adult to cut it out. All that is left is to use a hole punch to create a single hole on either side of the mask, insert two pieces of yarn and tie to fit. For a slightly more adventurous craft project glue can be used to apply sequins, feathers, beads or other adornments.
Paper Plate Mask
Only slightly more complex than the printable mask, this easy mask, appropriate for all ages, can be made with a few easily attainable supplies. These supplies include a paper plate, scissors, bag of coloured feathers (available at most craft stores) glue, paint or markers and yarn to tie the mask on. A pattern for cutting the paper plate to size and shape as well as detailed instructions for this project can be found at FreeKidsCrafts.
Martha Stewart Bird Mask
For the truly adventurous artist, video instructions for making a professional looking bird mask can be found at MarthaStewart.com. According to the site, “The mask takes inspiration from the intricate masks worn at Venetian masquerade balls” Detailed patterns and cutting instructions can be found at the site as well as a materials list. The project begins with a store-bought, pre-made paper mache mask with a long nose. This is then painted and appliquéd with crepe paper “feathers” and held in place on the head with an elastic band.
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