We love getting crafty at our house and making a big mess. Although, I think a crafting mess isn’t a mess at all – it’s an expression of your creativity! Is it not? ;)
With Halloween just around the corner, my daughter and I have been dreaming up things we could make – some are a little bit out there, like a unicorn (although, I’m sure that could be done if I just went through some awesome blogs out there). So after hours, actually more like weeks of planning we finally decided to make some masks. And we decided on a beautiful Princess Venetian-inspired Paper Mask (and a Catwoman – still to come).
This project is very easy and could be done in under an hour probably if you have the supplies on hand.
What you will need: tracing paper and/ or cardstock paper, scissors, pencil, non toxic strong glue, lace fabric, ribbons, feathers, decorative accents, stick-on crystals, elastic band (could be decorative)
Steps 1-3: measure the person’s face to determine distance for the eyes, draw your shape or tracing paper or directly on cardstock and cut out.
Step 4 double-checking eye cut outs
Step 5-6 tracing and cutting out onto cardstock (you may skip the tracing paper if you feel comfortable in drawing the shape right onto the cardstock.
Step 8: our mask bases are cut from cardstock and the decorations are waiting to dress them up (there are two – there’s a Catwoman mask in the making still ;)
Step 8: prepare all your accessories you plan to add. Cut the lace in the desired shape and use the scraps of lace for a flower.
Step 9: stitch the flower by picking up all the layered scraps in the middle and stitching right through to hold it in place.
Step 10: spread an even coat of glue and press all around hold it in place*
Step 11-12: add stick-on crystals and stitch in the elastic band
*to speed up process start by cutting the mask template and lace fabric and glue it in place. while it’s drying you can proceed with the flower.
My daughter loves this mask so much – we realized it looked a lot like the mask Hilary Duff was wearing in A Cinderella Story (my daughter saw some of this movie and she’s excited about it even more now ;)
This is a really fun and easy projects. I happened to have all these supplies so I did not even need a trip to a craft store. So it’s an extra bonus if you can reuse items you already have making it more eco friendly. The lace I used was a little piece I had from my curtains in my home office (background in the top photo). You can change up the decorations and use up what you have to accessorize your own mask. Older kids can make their own – it’s an exciting project for crafters all ages ;) I hope you will have fun in creating your own simple Princess Paper Mask!
ps. this mask tutorial is great to do in time for Halloween or to bookmark and do at Christmas or any time at all for some fantasy play. xo
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