I thought I'd share this really simple DIY just in time for Halloween or in my house for a walk in the park! I'll show you how to make these basic and minimalist animal masks, but feel free to decorate and add on as much as your heart contents.
How did all of this get started, last year for Miss E Birthday Party I had set up a small table for the kids to create their own mask.
I had pre-cut some mask in black & white, took out some color paper and makers and had the kid create their own little masterpieces. It was a great success.
**P.S. this could be a great Halloween party activity too!
Then 2 weeks ago, I wanted to take some photos of the kids for my new kids collection for Minibulles and I thought it would be nice to add a fun element to the photo-shoot. I remembered I had a few of those blank masks left over from the party and thought it would be cool to create some Bunny and Cat masks to match the clothes. The masks came out great, the high fashion editorial shoot... not so great!!! It didn't help I forgot to charge my batteries and was left with an iPhone 4 to shoot, not that photography is part of my set of skills anyways.
**Note to myself, hire a professional photographer for the spring-summer 2013 photo-shoot.
At least you got a tutorial from it!!!
What you might need... only because I give you a few options!
-Bristol Cardboard white or/and black
-Colored crayons or markers
-Elastic, ribbon or small stick.
First you will want to download the PDF file I created HERE. Once they are printed you will need to cut the shape you would like to use, don't forget to cut out the eyes. This will be your template.
Trace the main mask and the eye holes onto your bristol cardboard. If you are using the ribbon or the elastic to attach your mask, then trace the small circles as well.
Cut all around, cut the eyes and poke a small whole in the tiny circles where your elastic or ribbon will go (I used the end of my scissors and pressed ever so gently).
Choose which animal you want to be, then you can cut a set of ears in the bristol board and cut a smaller set in the colored paper for the inner ear. You will see in the PDF file that I made a dotted line as a guide for the approximate size of the inner ears. Now glue the inner ears onto your bristol board ears.
Tape your ears on the backside of your mask. I tried gluying them but tape holds much better!
In order to avoid your ears from flapping back, you could add a bit of glue to the front part of your ears that is pressing against the mask. Be careful not to put too much glue or too high, specially on the black cardboard, it might show.
I highly recommend adding two pieces of tape where your ribbon or elastic will be passing through. This will avoid the cardboard from ripping and will make your mask longer lasting.
Have fun, go crazy and customize your mask. Do you see the boat in Mister M's masterpiece? He also only wanted his ears to be only blue, a little less resistant but nevertheless cute!
#1 You can attach a wooden stick with some tape to your mask. It gives it that photo-booth prop vibe!
Not so practical to play in though.
or #2 Attach your mask with a ribbon. I did this at Miss E's birthday party and had all kinds of different colors to choose from. It can be a nice added detail!
my favorite #3 The elastic! Stays in place nicely, the kids can put it on all by themselves.
Here is how I attached my elastic: pass the elastic through your tiny holes from the front to the back. Determine the length by placing the mask on your child's head and make a knot. Careful, don't make it too tight or too loose either!
Simple as 1, 2, 3!
Feel free to change the shape of the eyes, make different ears, add some whiskers and rosey cheeks, or add some glitter, lot's of glitter!
We like ours simple, that way it goes with anyone of our outfits!!!