For those of us who don’t have the Benjamins to pay for a fancy Mardi Gras mask — or for those who like to get crafty this time of year — you can use this super simple tutorial to create a one-of-a-kind mask for your Mardi Gras ball.
This project is great for kids, too, since it requires no complicated materials, just fun supplies you might find in their classroom. All you need is a blank white mask and your imagination.
DIY masquerade mask
- 1 plain mask, color of your choice
- Multicolored feathers
- Assorted rhinestones
- Assorted glitter (I used tinsel glitter from Martha Stewart)
- Strong glue
Step 1: Rhinestone eyelid
Decide how you want to decorate the mask. To create a rhinestone outline for the eyes, dip the toothpick in the glue. Dab a little glue on the back of a large rhinestone and place it along the upper edge of the eye. Repeat until you’re happy with the number of rhinestones. Then do the same thing for the other eye opening. Let glue dry completely.
Step 2: Glittery eyeliner
To create the sparkly “eyeliner” beneath the eye, dip the toothpick in glue and paint the bottom of the lid as thinly as possible. Working quickly, shake glitter over the glue. Be sure to blow or shake off excess. Repeat with other eye, and let dry completely.
Step 3: Feathers
To add feathers to the top of the mask, add a dollop of glue to the bottom of the feather. Firmly hold feather in place for 2 to 4 minutes, allowing the feather to set. Carefully remove your fingers and let stand. Repeat until you’re satisified with the number of feathers on the top. Let dry for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Other decorating
Now that you have the staples done, you can decorate the mask by adding more glitter, rhinestones or even feathers. Shake off excess glitter well before the glue dries, or use a damp paper towel to wipe away extra flakes of glitter. Just be sure to let the mask dry completely (overnight, if possible) before you wear it!
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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/5/2016