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Celebrate Mardi Gras by Making a Mask

January 8, 2012
Fancy masks to celebrate the holiday!

Fancy masks to celebrate the holiday!

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday prior to the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. Many people also enjoy the Polish sweet pastry, paczki on Fat Tuesday (in English, the common pronunciation is ponch-kee). Get in the celebration by making masks and downing festive attire.

Make a Mardi Gras Mask

Materials:

  • paper mâché mixture or liquid starch
  • balloon
  • ribbon
  • paint
  • feathers, beads, etc.
  1. Have your child draw out a design that they would like to create while you blow up a balloon and gather the supplies to make paper mâché.
  2. Your child will cover the entire balloon with paper mâché to create 2 masks. They’ll need to put several layers to make it sturdy, drying it between each layer.
  3. When it is dry, cut the paper mâché in half lengthwise with a razor. You will need to trim the cut edge so it will fit your child’s head and neck. Cut eye holes and a hole on both sides of the mask that will line up with the temples to string a ribbon through. You want the ribbon to lay on top of their ears to help support the mask. Afterwards, you can use the ribbon to hang the mask on the wall.
  4. After you trim the edge and make the eye holes, apply a layer of paper mâché so the cut edge won’t be scratchy.
  5. When the paper mâché is completely dry, it’s time to paint.
  6. When your child is finished painting, you can help add details like feathers, beads and ribbon with a hot glue gun.

Check out the books for kids on Mardi Gras at the Amazon link!

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One Response to Celebrate Mardi Gras by Making a Mask

  1. Masketeers on April 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I need to get some Mardi Gras masks up – good work!

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