The Halloween countdown is speeding along – are your little ones getting SO excited?
This week we’re sharing the perfect Halloween arts and crafts project to get the whole family in the SPIRIT (sorry, we had to) of dressing up. It’s an animal mask DIY taken right from Lorena’s Craft Book; whether you use the masks to top off an animal costume for trick-or-treating next week or for dress-up every other day of the year, your kiddos will love getting to show off their wild side.
- Animal Masks templates (see links in instructions below)
- thin, new or repurposed cardboard (such as a cereal box)
- assorted colored or patterned papers
- decoupage glue
- elastic string or ribbon
+ Your Tools:
- 1″-3″ (2.5cm-7.5cm) flat paintbrush
- cutting mat
- ruler or straightedge
- bone folder
- craft knife
- ¼” (6mm) hole punch or large needle
- Begin constructing the mask pieces with the animal head templates. Select paper for the tiger head and the owl face. Using the templates for the tiger face and the owl face, cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the same outline. Coat each cardboard piece with decoupage glue and lay face down on the back of the chosen papers. Smooth it out with your hand and allow them to dry under a weight. Set aside.
- Using the templates, cut out the remaining animal pieces from the decorative papers you choose. Pick a sturdy paper for the tiger ears, tiger snout, and owl beak pieces. Crease the beak and snout pieces according to the templates. To do so, lay the corresponding template over the snout or beak piece. Set a ruler or straightedge on the crease lines and run a bone folder along the lines. These lines will transfer to the pieces below. Set aside.
- Cut the eye holes out of the tiger head, owl face, and owl eyes pieces using a craft knife. Apply the remaining pieces using decoupage glue.
- For the tiger snout: fold the flaps back from the center triangle of the tiger’s nose. Using decoupage glue, adhere the angled tabs together, forming the three-dimensional snout. The tabs at the base of the snout should be folded inward and will be hidden. Apply glue to these tabs and adhere the snout to the tiger’s face.
- For the owl beak: Fold backward away from the center diamond shape. Apply glue to the angled tabs and adhere the beak to the owl’s face.
- Once dry, use the hole punch to poke holes for the elastic string or ribbon, using the template as a visual guide.
- Thread the string through, leaving enough extra to knot.
- Let the wild rumpus begin! Hear them road and hoot!
The kiddos can certainly help with this project: take advantage of that giant imagination! Have them pick out the decorative paper (or even color new pieces to use), and they can help glue the pieces on, too. Need a different animal? Easy! By getting creative with color, stripes, ear size, etc., you can create a whole menagerie of creatures, real or imagined, sweet or ferocious.
Happy mask-making, and we’d LOVE to see your creations on Instagram: just tag ‘em with #petitcollage and we’ll be sure to share them.
Bonus! In the Bay Area? Need more crafting? Read on!