Fat Tuesday—the last day before Lent, this year March 8—is traditionally a day
(sometimes a week or more!) of indulgence and frivolity before 40 days and
nights of solemnity and discipline. For many, Mardi Gras is just another excuse
to live life to the fullest, a day of parties and fun for all.
To mark the occasion, GL is throwin’ a little masquerade
ball, complete with these fabulous DIY masks.
What you’ll need:
Plastic masks (Find ‘em at the dollar store, party supplies
store or a crafts store)
Decorations (Think sequins, ribbon, rhinestones, feathers,
yarn, glitter glue etc.)
Elastic or pretty ribbon
Hot glue gun and lots of extra glue
Optional: Spray paint (if ya wanna change the color of the
mask), single hole punch
What you’ll do:
If you want to spray paint your mask, take it outside and
follow the directions on the can. Spray it over newspaper and let it dry
First thing’s first: If your mask doesn’t have any holes for
a headband, make them with a single hole punch. Now you need to measure out your
elastic. Wrap it around the back of your head from temple to temple, then
subtract about two inches from that length to make sure your mask will be
secure. Attach to your mask and hot glue the knots to make sure they stay put.
Using ribbon? Simply cut two lengths, leaving enough room to
wrap around the back of your head and tie a bow, then attach to your mask.
Ready to decorate? Spread newspaper over your work surface
to keep things neat. Lay out all of your decorating choices and start with the
base and work in layers. Wanna cover your mask with sequins? Hot glue those on
first. You can add a ribbon border or rhinestones around the eyes. Add feathers
on the side, as shown in the picture above, or all over to give you a bird or
butterfly effect. Go crazy, girl!
Remember: Each mask is unique and personal, so craft the
mask that screams Y-O-U.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/2/2011 4:00:00 PM
POSTED IN winter holiday recipes, accessory, party, fashion