Masks to Thrill

Let your imagination run free when decorating these glitzy masks.


Here's some great fun for your Halloween party. Stock up on simple craft supplies and unadorned masks, then let the kids go wild decorating them. We've designed five idea starters shown on these pages.

Lucky Black Cat Mask
What You Need:
  • Purchased black mask
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Black felt
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Crafts glue
  • Sequins
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch dowel, 18 inches long (optional)
Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern pieces for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Print the pattern pieces, cut them out, and use them to cut the ears and black eyelashes from the black felt. Make the red eyelashes by cutting V-shape notches in short pieces of the ribbon.

Lucky Black Cat Mask pattern

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2. To make the black eyelashes, make 10 parallel cuts by snipping most of the way through the black felt eye pieces.

3. To curve the ears, cut a V-shaped notch in the base of the ear piece, then overlap the edges of the notch slightly, and glue. Glue the finished ears in place. Glue the red lashes to the mask, then glue the black lashes over the ribbons.

4. Glue six pipe cleaners to the front of the mask for whiskers.

5. Glue sequins to the face of the mask.

6. Masks usually come with an elastic headband. If you prefer a handle, remove this band and have an adult or older child use the hot-glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the mask. Attach the dowel to the right side of the mask for a right-handed child, to the left side for a left-handed youngster.

What You Need:
  • Purchased white mask
  • Decorative silver foliage
  • White satin ribbon
  • Decorative metal elements
  • Crafts glue
  • Stapler
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch dowel, 18 inches long (optional)
Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Use the pattern as a guide while you work.

Phantom of the North Mask pattern

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2. Staple a spray of the foliage to the back of the mask, and a smaller spray to the front of the mask.

3. Form loops in a length of the ribbon to create a bow. Staple the bow to the front of the mask adjacent to the larger foliage spray.

4. Glue decorative metal elements to cover the staples.

5. Masks usually come with an elastic headband. If you prefer a handle, remove this band and have an adult or older child use the hot-glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the mask. Attach the dowel to the right side of the mask for a right-handed child, to the left side for a left-handed youngster.

What You Need:
  • Purchased green mask
  • Dark green felt
  • Green sequins (or "sequins by the yard")
  • Crafts glue
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch dowel, 18 inches long (optional)
Instructions:

1. Download the Green Gargoyle pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.) Use the pattern to cut the ear and eyelashes from the felt.

Green Gargoyle Mask pattern

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2. Glue the ears to the back of the mask and eye lashes above the eye holes.

3. Glue sequins to the assembled mask along the lines shown in the pattern and photo. To save time, ask your crafts store for pre-strung "sequins by the yard."

4. Masks usually come with an elastic headband. If you prefer a handle, remove this band and have an adult or older child use the hot-glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the mask. Attach the dowel to the right side of the mask for a right-handed child, to the left side for a left-handed youngster.

What You Need:
  • Purchased red mask
  • Black and purple felt
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Assorted feathers
  • Red sequin
  • Crafts glue
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch dowel, 18 inches long
Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Bird of Paradise Mask pattern

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2. Cut an assortment of 3/4-inch circles in the felt. Glue the circles to the back of the mask around the edges.

3. Cut V-shape notches in three short lengths of ribbon.

4. Glue 5 or 6 feathers in a fan pattern at the top center of the mask. Glue ribbons atop the feathers, then four felt circles, and finally a sequin.

5. Masks usually come with an elastic headband. If you prefer a handle, remove this band and have an adult or older child use the hot-glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the mask. Attach the dowel to the right side of the mask for a right-handed child, to the left side for a lefhanded youngster.

What You Need:
  • Purchased blue mask
  • Lace trim
  • Pink ribbon
  • Assorted silk flowers
  • Crafts glue
  • Stapler
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1/4-inch dowel, 18 inches long (optional)
Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Blue Beauty Mask pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Cut and glue the lace trim to the edges of the mask. Make two small loops of trim to attach to the side of the mask.

3. Assemble a small bouquet using the silk flowers and ribbon. Staple together, then staple to the side of the mask. If necessary, glue on a flower to hide the staples.

4. Masks usually come with an elastic headband. If you prefer a handle, remove this band and have an adult or older child use the hot-glue gun to attach the dowel to the back of the mask. Attach the dowel to the right side of the mask for a right-handed child, to the left side for a left-handed youngster.

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