How to Make a Mardi Gras Mask on a Stick

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How to Make a Mardi Gras Mask on a Stick. The masks we so often associate with Mardi Gras parades and masquerade balls were originally used to hide identity and social class. These masks have been handed down for hundreds of years, and you can make your own version of them at home using beginner mask-making techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Feathers
  • Ribbon
  • Pictorial book of Mardi Gras masks
  • Cardboard, craft foam, or paper
  • Glue gun
  • Protective cloth
  • Faux jewels
  • Utility knife
  • Sharp pencil or hole-punch
  • Sequins
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Foil wrapping paper
  • Glue
  • Dowel stick

Make a Mardi Gras Mask on a Stick

Select a material to use for the foundation of your mask. Choose from paper, cardboard or lightweight craft foam. Select a plastic eye mask found at most party stores and costume outlets if you're looking to speed things up.

Map out the design for your mask on a stick before you start your project. Be sure to make a list of supplies you'll need from the local craft store. Look for costume and mask ideas by checking out "Mardi Gras Treasures: Costume Designs of the Golden Age" by Henri Schindler at Amazon.com (see Resources below).

Draw the shape of your mask on tracing paper, and then transfer the original onto cardboard or lightweight craft foam.

Cut out your mask using a utility knife or a pair of scissors. Place the mask up to your face to make sure the eye-holes are large enough for adequate visibility.

Heat up your glue gun for 10 minutes.

Place a 1/8-inch drop of glue on the back of your mask, preferably near the top of the mask. At this, time you'll need to determine whether you want a left- or a right-handed mask on a stick.

Press a 1/4- to 1/2-inch dowel stick, cut to roughly 6 to 8 inches in length, into glue and hold it for up to 5 minutes.

Decorate a Mardi Gras Mask on a Stick

Throw a protective cloth over your table or work area before you use glue, spray paint or craft paints.

Cover your mask with foil wrapping paper for a metallic effect, or paint your mask using popular Mardi Gras colors like gold, silver, purple and green.

Decorate the stick. Dust the dowel with fine glitter and spray it with gold spray paint. You might also glue ribbon or small sequins along the stick for a fancy wand.

Cover the small area where the dowel was glued to the mask with three or four feathers to hide your handy work. Add curled ribbon to the front of the mask for extra flourish.

Create a unique design using sequins and faux jewels to line the rim of the mask.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep extra supplies on hand in case you want to start over or modify your original design.

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