Five Ways to Decorate Animal Masks
Masks are a great way of getting all ages of children involved in some making. There are lots of different mask designs out there to choose from, and you can be as experimental with your design as you like! Once your beautiful creations are finished and dry, they can be added to the play box for future games and dress up days.
Here are five great ways to decorate animals masks (perfect for beginners!) to get you started.
Start by drawing out your design lightly in pencil first and then go over the markings with your chosen paints, craft acrylics works best and they are dry super quick too.
To make this fox mask layers of paint were gradually added to create the fur-like effect.
Make sure to let the paint layer dry completely before painting on the next layer.
For a simpler look simply paint your mask with the craft acrylics and then use a black Sharpie to pick out any details, such as the eyes and inside of the ears.
2. Artist Pens
Artist pens such as Copic are great for doing more detailed designs like these two dogs. As with the fox you may find it easier to draw out your intended design lightly in pencil first and then go over it with the pens. Try experimenting with layering different pens on top on one and other, try experimenting on paper first and then have a go on the mask.
Make sure to test the pens on an easy to conceal area before investing in lots of beautifully coloured pens. Just to make sure that the pen provides the coverage/look you’re after.
If you’re after an easy project to keep the kids occupied for an hour or so, deocoupage might just be the answer. You can cover as much or as little of the mask as you like. Simply cut or tear the papers into squares (or other shapes of your choice) and then secure to the mask with glue and leave to dry.
If you want to use paints on your mask as well as decoupage (similar to the bear mask below), it’s best to paint the mask first, then leave it to dry before applying your chosen papers.
4. Craft Components
These items you may find you already have around your home. There’s nothing a bit of glitter can’t provide the finishing touch for! There are lots of different craft components that could be used, from feathers (like the cat mask below) to tissue paper, felt sheets to glitter glue the possibilities are endless, they’re great for adding a bit more colour and texture to your final creation.
To make the cat start off by painting the nose and ears with pink craft acrylic, leave to dry. Paint the rest of your mask using black craft acrylic leaving white ‘patches’ around the eyes and nose, leave to dry. Add some glitter to the inner part of the ears and some feathers around the neck, and leave to dry.
5. Mixed Media
Why not just go all out and chuck the craft box at your mask, the more colourful and sparkly the better! Ribbons and fabrics make great additions, and give some personality to your creation.
To make the bunny start off by using craft acrylics to decorate the mask, and leave to dry. Then, using a black Sharpie pen outline the eyes and mouth areas. Add some glitter to the inner ear sections and then tie some ribbon into a bow and secure with a blob of tacky glue.