What You Need:
- Modelling clay
- Plaster gauze strips
- Disposable plastic bowl
- You will need to start by making a form for the mask. Turn a plastic bowl upside down and press the clay over the outside of the bowl, using it as a mould.
- Add more clay for features like the eyes and the nose. You can also cut shapes out of cardboard.
- Fill a disposable bowl with water. Make sure your container is disposable because you’ll want to throw it away after you're done. Don't ever pour plaster down your drain because it will harden and will clog your pipes and drainage. Dip the plaster strips into the water and squeeze off the extra water. Rub the plaster into the gauze.
- Put the strips on the clay, overlapping and smoothing the strips as you go. Cover all of the clay and apply several layers to make the mask strong.
- Once you're done, let the mask dry overnight. Once it's dry, peel it off of the clay. You may need to make a few repairs to the mask with a couple of plaster gauze strips after you take it off the clay.
- Decorate your mask with paint, beads or feathers. If you want, you can use scissors to cut out eyes, nostrils and a mouth. If you're not allowed to use scissors, ask an adult to help you.
- Cut one hole on each side and tie a piece of string through each hole. Your own home-made mask is now ready to wear!
- Create loads of similar masks and paint them differently. You can use these masks to decorate a corner on your living room's wall.
Making masks is a fun craft to learn and an awesome hobby. Once you learn how to make basic masks, you can download pictures of Mexican, Indian and tribal masks and try and make them on your own.