Craft: Make Halloween Masks with Paper Mache
By Susanne Myers
You'll need just a few things to make just about any mask you can
imagine. Those items include balloons, newspaper, wallpaper glue and
some acrylic paint. A pair of sharp scissors comes in handy to cut out
eyes and mouth. Wear old clothing, or put an apron on both you and your
child. Making the mask can get a bit messy.
Cover your work area in plenty of
newspaper to protect it from glue and paint. Next, cut several
newspapers into strips. Blow up a balloon so it is slightly larger than
your child's head. Now dip a newspaper strip completely in the glue and
stick it on the balloon. Continue doing this back and forth until you
have the entire balloon covered in several layers of newspaper. Work out
any wrinkles as you go along. The more layers of newspaper you have, the
sturdier the mask will be.
Finally add any features specific to the
mask you are making. For example, if you are making a frog mask, sculpt
two ball shapes at the top of the mask that you can later paint as eyes.
If you are making a cat, dog, or monkey mask, form the snout and of
course don't forget about ears. The only limit is your imagination.
Allow the mask to dry completely,
preferably over night. Once it is completely hardened, start cutting
into the mask to pop the balloon. Cut a large enough opening so your
child can get his or her head inside the mask, then cut eye and mouth
openings. For younger children, you may prefer to cut the back of the
mask out completely, and, instead, wrap a piece of ribbon or yarn around
the back of the head to secure the mask to allow better air-passage.
Paint the mask in a solid color and allow
it to dry completely. Then add details like eyes, nose and lips in
different colors. Once that coat of paint is completely dry, it is ready
to wear. For a longer lasting and shiny mask, cover the mask in several
layers of hodge podge before using it.
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