Making a mask out of inexpensive, colorful construction paper is a way to interact with your children and students. Masks influenced by past cultures can be an educational journey for children. Creating their own can give them a sense of pride about designing their own custom art. With a few simple, inexpensive materials, you can fashion a basic paper mask into a more complex work of art that can be used at parties, in the classroom or for Halloween costumes.
Making the Mask
Fold a piece of construction paper in half vertically. The result will be a 4 ½-inch-by-12-inch folded sheet.
Unfold the sheet of paper and lay it flat on a table.
Draw an outline on the construction paper. The outline should reflect the shape you want your mask to be.
Cut around the outlines.
Fold the mask in half and place it on the cutting board.
Cut out an eye using the Exacto knife. Make sure you press hard, since it has to go through two layers of construction paper. By using this technique, both eyes will be cut out at the same time and will be symmetrical.
Cut a mouth in a similar manner as the eyes. However, make sure to connect the ends together by cutting through the fold so that you have one mouth, not two.
Cut small shapes out of another color of construction paper and glue them onto the mask as decoration. Add spikes, polka dots, stripes and more in this manner. The glued shapes should reflect a pattern.
Glue feathers onto the mask. Make sure the feathers are placed symmetrically on each side of the mask. Attach them on the back side of the mask if you want them around the edges.
Poke holes about ½ inch from the edges of the mask. The holes should be even on both sides, at even height with the eye holes.
String a piece of elastic through one hole and tie a knot in the end. When you pull back on the elastic string, the knot will keep it from going through the hole.
Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for the other end of the elastic string, using the other hole. Make sure when the mask is pulled over your head, the elastic is taut enough that it keeps the mask on your face.
Try gluing other objects such as sequins, faux flowers and leaves to the mask.