Simple Paper Masks
This is a fun, simple way to make paper masks.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
What You Need:
- Heavy paper (poster paper, bristol board) about 22″ x 28″ per student (can be smaller sheets depending on what’s available. A smaller sheet means a smaller mask)
- Scissors (and help for the little ones)
- A Paper Stapler
- Crayons (the brighter the better … if you have those new “glow in the dark” crayons … super!)
- (optional) Black tempera paint (a thin water-based paint).
- Containers for water
- Feathers, glitter and other found objects (optional)
What You Do:
- Draw an oval shape on your large piece of paper. The larger the better because masks can cover more then just the face.
- Cut the oval shape out of the paper.
- At both the top and bottom of the oval, make a 1″ cut. (You will later take these cuts, fold the paper across itself and staple so the mask has some dimension).
- Draw and cut out where the eye holes and mouth and nose holes (if any) are going to be.
- Decorate the mask by using bright crayon colors. Press hard so the color is nice and bold.
- (OPTIONAL) Using the black (or other dark color) tempera, do a light wash across the crayons. The crayon areas will resist the paint and “shine” through. Let dry.
- Now, where you made you made your cuts, fold the paper and staple in place. This will give your mask more dimension.
- Glue any decorations you wish on the mask (although with the crayons and paint, it probably won’t need much else.)
- Staple string onto the mask so it can be tied around the head.
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