Girls love glamour and love making things, so making these glamorous Mardi Gras masks is a perfect party craft for the older set, say 10 years old and above. Especially for a slumber party, where they have lots of time to fuss around decorating them, and perhaps even find ways to incorporate them in their slumber party fun.
Start with a blank mask form, which you can order from this craft site. The satin masks will be more comfortable for the kids to wear with their smaller than adult size faces, but the rigid plastic masks can be painted and for my money that makes them more fun for the kids.
If you so choose, you’ll need to provide paint and brushes (spray paint in the house is generally NOT a good idea). For decorations, I suggest various sizes and colors of feathers, sequins, curly or satin ribbon, braid or other interesting trim they could glue around the edges of the mask form, and anything else that catches your eye at the craft store. Glue is a must, and probably baby wipes to get the glue off the fingers.
Wooden dowels can be securely taped to the inside of the rigid plastic masks as handles (as in the picture above), and then there’s no worry about the plastic being uncomfortable to wear. The girls may also have more fun with the ‘drama’ of holding/removing their mask with the dowel handle. Or, elastic to go around the head can be secured through holes at the edge of the mask.
To encourage them to spend a good amount of time making their masks and not rush through it, have your craft table all set up with supplies, including plenty of snacks and drinks. Music is another good idea.
The girls will need help with decorating ideas, and I recommend printing out some pictures that you find on the web when you search for ‘Mardi Gras Masks’. The site emardigrasbeads.com has 4 separate sections of product with pictures of both Venetian and Mardi Gras masks, ranging from the simple to the incredibly ornate. I’d give the kids idea pictures of both – some that they can clearly see that they can create and some others that might inspire them to something more complex. If you can tape some of your idea pictures to the wall of the room where they’ll be creating and lay some on the table itself, you’ll have given them lots of inspiration.
Who knows- maybe the masks will inspire some real play-acting games at your next slumber party!