Shoe-boxes are the perfect size for a child's mask. Try a mixture of paint, glitter and paper to decorate the box and use pipe cleaners, straw, ribbon tissue paper for hair. Ours became a sort of monster but older children could plan their designs a bit more carefully. These can be great fun for dressing-up and afterwards hanging on the wall - if they have not been wrecked in the process!
You will need:
- Old shoe-boxes
- PVA glue
- Tissue paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Put the shoe-box on your child's face and mark where the eyes will need to be. Very carefully, cut the eyes and mouth out with a sharp knife.
- Put out paints and a selection of sponges and brushes along with some ripped up tissue paper.
- Set your child off with painting the box. Encourage them to experiment with sponges for different effects.
- Put bits of tissue paper onto the paint. It will not need any glue - the paint will be enough to hold it. Don't forget to paint and decorate the sides of the box.
- Allow the paint to dry and then return to the mask with glitter and sequins for extra effect.
- Pipe cleaner hair: Show your child how to wrap a pipe cleaner around your (or their) finger, then release it. The pipe cleaner will keep the curly shape.
- Make holes for the hair with a skewer (obviously, a job for you and not your child!) and then feed the pipe cleaners through the holes. You can secure them inside with some selotape.
- Attach pieces of ribbon or elastic to the back of the mask.
Or you could...
- Collect shoe boxes and make a family of masks - different animals, the characters in a story etc.
- Take inspiration from African tribal masks, Venetian and Brazilian Carnival masks and collect more interesting items to decorate them.