Masquerade masks originated during the 15th Century when they were worn to balls, weddings and special events. Today, these masks are worn during masquerade balls, parties and Mardi Gras. These masks are highly decorated and only cover the top half of the wearer's face. They are sometimes given characteristics of animals, such as whiskers, cat ears, bird beaks and butterfly wings. The masks are decorated with feathers, sequins, buttons, fabric, ribbon, lace and rhinestones. These masks are worn by an elastic loop or by holding them up to the face while grasping a stick-like handle.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4-inch wooden dowel
- Hot glue gun
Cut a 1/4-inch diameter wooden dowel with a saw to a length of 12 inches. Smooth the cut end of the stick by rubbing a piece of sandpaper over it.
Wrap ribbon around the dowel, working your way up its length to create a decorative covering. Secure the ribbon to the stick by gluing them to the ends of the dowel with hot glue.
Apply a line of hot glue vertically along the right side of a mask's back. Place one end of the decorated stick into the line of glue and press down gently until the glue dries.
Cut a piece of ribbon equal in length to the portion of stick glued to the mask. Apply a line of hot glue on top of the attached portion of the stick. Lay the ribbon over the glue and press down to smooth it flat.
Glue the bottoms of a few feathers over the ribbon covering the stick on the back of the mask. Position the feathers in a fan-shaped arrangement so that their lengths protrude from behind the mask, away from the face.