Children have the best imaginations. Give them a stick and they’ll transform it into a sword, or a wand. They will then proceed to have an adventure with it in a far off land where the reality of their current space is morphed into whatever suits their imagination. It’s truly an awesome gift. My 3 little creatives love pretend play, especially with masks. We have all sorts of masks from cats to elephants to unicorns, most of which we make with the humble paper plate.
Paper Plate Mask with Free Printable
The paper plate mask I’m sharing with you today is a simple yet super fun mask, perfect to get those amazing little imaginations warmed up and ready for some imaginary play.
Supplies for Paper Plate Mask
- Paper Plate
- Oil Pastels
- Water Colors and Brush
- Craft Utility Knife
- Hole Punch
- Elastic, Yarn or Pipe Cleaners
How to Make your Paper Plate Mask
- Print and cut out the Paper Plate Mask Template. Then roughly line the curved top of the template to the curved top of your paper plate and trace around it. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it’s mainly to get the shape and eye hole location.
- Use scissors to cut the bottom of the mask out, and a utility knife and cutting mat to cut out the eyes.
- Time to color! Take your oil pastels and make some patterns on your mask. Use any patterns you may already have on the paper plate to emphasize parts of your mask, then add lines, dots and other patterns to it. You could even add magical powers or ‘buttons’. Remember to leave to white space too! This is important for the next step, though obviously not required, just fun!
4.Once you’re done coloring you’re going to use the watercolors to paint over your mask and color in the white areas. The thing I love about this is that the oil pastels resist the watercolor so you can paint right over it without worrying about covering up your beautiful oil pastel patterns.
- For a final touch you can trim the top of your mask. We did it for one of our masks and left one of our masks round, like the edge of the paper plate.
- Finally, punch a hole on either side of the mask and thread through some elastic, string or even pipe cleaner to fit to your child’s head.
Have your child proudly wear their new creation around the house or in the yard and let their imaginations take them away.
More projects from Creating Creatives:
DIY Dr. Seuss Masks – http://creatingcreatives.com/diy-dr-seuss-mask/
3D Paper Plate Masks – http://creatingcreatives.com/kids-halloween-costume-mask/
Lily’s Cat Mask – http://creatingcreatives.com/lilys-cat-mask-book-review-craft/
Shelly is a Visual Effects Producer turned Entrepreneur who lives with her husband and 3 young children in sunny California. After having her third child, she realized she wanted to spend more time with her family. Many a happy afternoon of arts and crafts with her children led her to the realization that she needed to spread the word about creating together with children, and how inspiring it is. So she created an online space with fun and simple projects to do just that. You can visit this happy space and hopefully grab some inspiration at creatingcreatives.com.
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