There is also a choice of small and large templates for a butterfly mask or a basic mask (we mistakenly made the large one for Kaitlyn -- it didn't seem to phase her).
As usual, all the template links are listed after the instructions.
- something to color with (if you're using the B&W template)
- piece of thin cardboard (we recycled a coke can box)
- 2 drinking straws OR a ruler OR an unsharpened pencil
- sparkle glue
- Print template of choice
- Color the template piece, as needed.
- Take a big piece of cardboard (we used the coke cardboard... you
could use poster board or old cereal boxes) and spread glue on it
- try to spread a nice even coat so it doesn't soak through the template
- We used our fingers to spread it and then wiped off right away with a damp cloth.
- Place the template (face up) onto the cardboard and press it down.
- Make sure all the EDGES of the mask are firmly glued down.
- If your kids have the patience, let dry at this point (Kaitlyn didn't, of course, so we moved right to the next step)
- Cut out around the mask. Since we're dealing with cardboard, this is most likely an adult's job.
- Poke a hole through the center of the eyes and cut out the eye-holes. This is definitely an adult's job
- Let your kids get creative at this point. Provide sequins, feathers
and/or sparkles. Let them glue these to the mask.
- One of the children (age 11) who did this craft put gold sparkles all around the edge and in the star (over all the gold parts of the template).
- She overlapped small green sequins in all the green parts of the template and
- she overlapped medium sized purple sequins in all the purple parts of the template.
- Another girl glued multicolored feathers all along the top edge of the mask.
- If you're using straws, slide one straw into the other one
- I crimped the end of one straw.
- Kaitlyn struggled for 5 minutes to slide the one straw into
the other and finally managed it -- she was very determined to do
Heaven help the mommy who tried to assist!
- tape the joint of the two straws.
- not all straws are created equally.
- Our straws were sturdy enough to hold the mask without bending (after about 4 hours of heavy duty play, we had to reinforce ours too).
- If yours aren't, wrap them once all the way up in scotch tape or masking tape before attaching them to the mask. This will reinforce them.
- If you're doing the butterfly mask, you'll definitely want to do this (it's a bit bigger/heavier)
- OPTIONAL: Tape some feathers to the end of the straw. We'd used a bendy straw for the top, so could tilt the feather end a bit.
Kaitlyn (the one of the left who is so obviously in awe of her creation) is 3 years old. You can see that the large mask is a tad too big for her.
Tasha (the one on the right) is 6 years old. The large mask fits her just fine.
Mommy (not shown) is... er, substantially older than 6 years old. The large mask fit me fine too.
If you're not sure which you need, try printing out the B&W template (so you don't waste too much ink). You can then quickly poke out the eye-holes and check the size on your child.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).