Ok, so it is the wrong time of year to think about Mardi Gras, but we have been working hard at finishing up our State Studies Unit 2 and these Mardi Gras masks are great project to go along with Louisiana. I don’t often do projects with the kids that involves glitter and sequences, but I did make an exception here. We all had a great time making our masks.
This is a relatively easy project that requires basic “kid craft” supplies.
- Mardi Gras Mask pattern printed on card stock or traced onto poster board
- craft glue & hot glue gun
- glitter, feathers, sequences, etc for decorating
- paper straw, painted stick, long popsicle stick, or dowel rod for handle
Cut out your mask. We just printed ours on card stock but if you would like a sturdier mask you could trace it onto poster board. Be sure to cut out the eye holes (tip if you are having trouble using scissors for this step, try a craft knife).
Decorate the front of the mask with markers. Add lots of color!
If you haven’t already, you might want to cover your work surface for this step. Use craft glue or a glue stick to add sparkly embellishments.
Glue feathers to the back of your mask.
Gammy of course had to make hers more “Wee Folk Art-ish.” She water colored the front of her mask and wanted just a small dab of sparkle. She used clear glitter nail polish to add a bit of dazzle.
Attach you stick to the back of your mask off to one side. We found that you needed to use a hot glue gun for this step. The craft glue wasn’t strong enough.
Now you are ready for a party!