Conceal your true identity with a custom-made, designed-by-you, one-of-a-kind felt mask! These masks are easy to make and do not require any sewing. Fabric glue or hot glue is all you need to assemble one!
- Felt Sheets in Various Shades
- Sharpie Marker
- Elastic Band
- Fabric or Hot Glue
Step 1: Sketch a shape for your mask onto a piece of paper. Cut out the template and hold it up to your face. Make adjustments to the template size as necessary before continuing.
Step 2: Lay the template onto a sheet of chipboard and trace its edges. Cut the shape from the sheet of chipboard to provide structure for the mask. Punch a hole on each side of the chipboard.
Step 3: Begin by cutting out a base color of felt to cover the chipboard mask and glue it into place.
Step 4: Add other pieces of felt to enhance the features of the mask.
Step 5: Cut a piece of elastic that is about 30” inches in length. Thread the elastic through one hole and tie it. Thread the other end through the second hole with the mask over your face to test its length and mark it. When you have the correct length, remove the mask from your face and tie the band to secure it.
Ideas to take your felt mask to the next level:
- Add other adornment materials to your mask. Material ideas include sequins, seashells, yarn, thread, feathers, gems, puffy paint, and buttons.
- Create a felt mask to look like your favorite animal or cartoon character.
- Get into the spirit of the holidays by creating a season-themed mask of fall leaves, acorns, pumpkins, and mushrooms.
Learning and Discussion Questions:
1. The earliest surviving masks were made from seashells or stone and date back roughly 9,000 years! Learn more about the history of cultural masks by reading this article, published by the Second Face Museum of Cultural Masks.
2. Why do we wear masks during Halloween celebrations? Read this article published by History.com to learn about the ancient origins of Halloween and why, historically, people wore masks on Halloween.
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