I’ve always loved those gorgeous & intricate feather masquerade masks – and I always figured they were very difficult to make. I have discovered that they can actually be really easy to make! And as a side note, if you plan on making these for yourself, don’t let any little girls get a hold of them. They will walk off with them and you’ll never see it again.
Black crafting foam sheet
Colored crafting feathers
Fake flower petals
Hot glue gun plus Elmer’s glue
Elastic thread or ribbon
Print out the mask template and trace it onto your foam craft sheet. I suppose you could make a more temporary mask if you printed out onto card stock (which is why I gave you two color choices). But I honestly don’t know how well it would hold up on paper. Just sayin’.
Cut out the mask from the foam:
You can’t see it very well in the photo, but I also poked holes on the sides to add elastic when done.
Pick out feathers that you can glue symmetrically to both sides of the mask. I chose three colors and made sure that each color had a ‘twin’ that was about the same length and width. Once you have enough to go around the edges, start gluing them in place with the hot glue gun. I used 10 feathers in my masquerade mask, because I didn’t want them pointing down and tickling the heck out of my face.
This part doesn’t need to be particularly neat or pretty – it will soon get covered up.
After the feathers are in place, cut some petals from a fake flower into the shape you want. I used two almost half circles for each side and a small group of four petals for the center top of the mask.
Glue the petals over the feather stems with the hot glue gun.
Here’s the mask with all the feathers and petals hot-glued in place:
Now it’s time to break out the Elmer’s glue – the hot glue gun won’t work for this part. Use a generous amount to cover up the base of the petals, being very careful to make a precise outline around the eye holes:
Then put it onto a piece of paper and dump a ton of glitter on your glue.
And just leave it there until it dries.
I know it’s hard. Don’t touch it.
But when it’s dry – you’re pretty much done!
Simply slip some elastic thread or ribbon in your holes and wear it with glee!