Make a mask for The Day of the Dead or Halloween that looks good enough to eat!
- 8 1/2” x 11” sheet of white card stock
- Glitter glue pens
- Black permanent marker
- String or ribbon
1. Use a pencil to sketch an outline of a skull.
2. Use scissors to cut out the printed or drawn skull and then trace around it with pencil onto the sheet of white card stock.
3. Next, draw over the pencil lines with permanent marker and then use scissors to cut the mask out. (A parent may need to help cut out the eyes and nose.)
4. Then, use the glitter glue pens to create patterns and designs on the mask.
5. Adhere rhinestones into thick dots of the glitter glue if desired.
6. Allow the mask to dry completely; this may take overnight.
7. Use a hole-punch to make one hole on each side of the mask and then tie a 14” length of string or ribbon to each hole.
8. Now, tie the mask on and begin the celebration!
• A similar glitter effect can be made by drawing designs with white glue and then sprinkling loose glitter onto them. Try this technique with colored craft sand, too.
• Instead of glitter glue, use paint, markers, stickers, rubber stamps or cut paper to decorate the mask.
• White glue can be used to adhere embellishments, too.
• Decorate the mask with dots by pressing the tips of cotton swabs into wet craft paint and then stamping them onto the skull.
• If rhinestones aren’t available, use buttons, beads and/or sequins instead.
• Glue string or pom-poms onto the mask for additional accents.
• Give the mask a more natural look by decorating it with seeds, sticks and tiny stones.
• Add funny hair or a hat to the mask.
• Use black card stock instead of white; fluorescent or glow-in-the dark paints would show up great on it.
• In place of white cardstock, use colored card stock, a sheet of craft foam or even just a piece of thin cardboard.
Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two busy little boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her most recent book is “Memories in Miniature.” Photo by Pamela Maxwell.