Show us your faces: DIY masquerade masks!

Show us your faces: DIY masquerade masks!

it's school holiday time. Yet, with Melbourne in stage four lockdown, our usual spring holidays activities like camping and munching on fairy floss with Dad at the Melbourne Show aren’t exactly possible. 

Which is why we think it’s a very great time to get a little festive at home with our NPJ ‘Show Us Your Face’ Challenge! All you need to do to enter and go into the running to win our awesome show bag, is decorate your face and tag us on Instagram using the hashtag #....

You’re going to have so much fun with this, we promise.

As a little bit of inspiration, we thought we’d give you the low down on how to make some incredibly fun, crafty masquerade masks at home. These masks will get your kiddos imagination flowing and will also be oodles of fun play with after you’ve made them!

You’ll need:

4 x printable masquerade mask templates (choose from bowtie mask, eyeglasses mask, heart-shaped eyeglasses mask, and moustache mask)

  • 5 x wooden chopsticks or bamboo skewers
  • Scissors
  • 1 x empty cereal box (for cardboard)
  • Glue
  • Hot glue gun (or masking tape and craft glue).
  • Colourful scraps of paper, fabric and stickers to decorate your masks
  • A grown up, to help with all the tricky scissory and gluey bits!

How to make your mask:

  1. First print out your templates!
  2. Next lay them out on a sheet of cardboard (a cereal box works perfectly for this) (we like coco-pops).
  3. Glue the templates to the cardboard and then cut them out.
  4. Decorate your masks however you like. Shiny sparkly things are crucial for masquerade masks: feathers, sequins, anything you have lying around that can be cut out and glued to your masks will be fabulous.
  5. Attach the chopstick to one side of the mask using a hot glue gun. (You can also just use masking tape and craft glue for this, but a hot glue gun is easiest and most effective.)

Some handy hints and tips:

  • A textured fabric works best for the moustache mask. We used black felt, but you could also an old piece of clothing you have lying around.
  • There’s no need to go out and buy crazy crafty bits if you can’t! Colour in your masks with pencils and textas, YOU LOOK AMAZING!

Want to know more details about our ‘Show Us Your Faces’ challenge? Find them here. 


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