Tuesday, March 4, 2014

DIY: Mardi Gras Mask

It's Fat Tuesday, y'all!

Otherwise (and less jarringly) known as Mardi Gras, today is the day to throw caution to the wind! Go ahead and binge, gorg, drink up life's pleasures to your heart's content!  Because Lent starts tomorrow and we throw ourselves into 40 days of restrictions..don't we?

Well, whether you do or you don't, what better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than by making your own Mardi Gras mask?  Legend has it that people wore their masks out on the Tuesday before Lent so they could frolic and play incognito.  This is a really fun, creative project! Options and designs are endless...would be great to do with kids too!

DIY: Mardi Gras Mask
wooden dowels
craft paint and foam brush
hot glue/gun
clear craft glue
generally any sort of bits and baubles you want to make your mask gorgeous!

1.) Paint mask a base color with a small foam brush.  I chose black paint.
2.) Once paint is dry, spread a skim of clear craft clue on mask and sprinkle on glitter.  
Once again, I went with black glitter.
3.) Using your hot glue gun, slowly glue on sequin border.  This is where you can 
start to get creative! use old beads, ribbon, shells, feathers, whatever!

4.) Wrap wooden dowel with ribbon, or paint a color of your choice.  
I wrapped the dowel with gold ribbon - hot glue the end of the ribbon to the dowel, 
wrap all the way down, then glue the bottom end.

5.) Hot glue the dowel to the back of the mask.  I also wrapped a purple ribbon around it.
6.) Attach feathers and jewels and ribbons!  I hot glued them to the back of the mask.
7.)  Tie on butterfly pin.


These would be very pretty and whimsical placed in a floral arrangement on your dining table, too.


You are free to masquerade, my dear :)

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