Whether for Carnival / Mardi Gras, Halloween or birthday or just for imaginative play in between: Children love disguise and masks, we don't have to tell you that. Today we will show you in this simple DIY tutorial how you can easily make great masks at home.
Photos: Julia Tramm
Make animal masks in seven stepsFor this great tutorial we were able to exclusively use Julia Tramm from studio tong tong win. She shows you how you can make super great animal masks and other masks in just a few steps. Further down in this article, we also link the templates used by Julia for download. The colors and shapes of the ears etc. can of course be changed according to the wishes of your little sunshine. Once again, there are no limits to your creativity! Here we go ... The material you need for this mask is construction paper, pens, adhesive tape, hole punch, thread, scissors (Fig. 1). If you have that, you can start right away! STEP 1: Place the mask template on the construction paper and transfer it with a pen. STEP 2: Cut out the mask. The holes for the eyes will only be cut out later. STEP 3: Stick a strip of tape on each side of the mask. This means that the paper cannot tear so quickly. Punch holes in the pages at these points. STEP 4: Now adjust the shape of the eyes to the desired animal or topic and cut out. Cut out large elements such as nose, ears or decorations from paper and glue them on. STEP 5: Draw in details such as fur or outlines with pencils. STEP 6: So that the animal ears are a little more three-dimensional, cut into the lower center. Overlap the paper there and stick it on top of each other. Then glue the ears to the mask from behind. STEP 7: Finally, add the finishing touches and tie the ribbons on the left and right.
Extra tip from Julia for youSuch a colorful carnival picture is made quickly. All you need is a smartphone, a plain background, a handful of confetti and such great masks. Fix the child's face on the smartphone by long tapping on the screen. After a few seconds, the AF lock should click into place. Now throw the confetti and keep your finger on the release button for a long time. The mobile phone now shoots pictures in series mode, so a lot of pictures in quick succession. Then take a look at the selection: there is sure to be a great one!
Has the craft bug already gripped you? Get the free templates!If you feel like making a mask right away, we now have a little extra for you. As promised, you can now download the templates used by Julia directly and use them for your own masks. Just click here and the PDF with the mask templates opens in a new tab.
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Photos: Julia Tramm