Monday, October 3, 2011

How to Make A Masquerade or Mardi Gras Type Mask


I needed a last minute mask for the Labyrinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball, so I decided to pick through my supplies and make one.
I started with some inexpensive cloth mask blanks that I had purchased at my local craft store.  I painted one black and the other black and gold.


I found a long piece of black lace, cut into two equal pieces and using black thread, I gathered each piece.  
Then I attached the lace to the back of the mask blanks.

A front view of one of the mask with lace attached.
Then I took some trim and attached it to the top of the mask.

And around the eyes.



Then I added an accent at the top of each of the masks.


I found some gold foil and decided to add that to the top of the mask.

I added some black flowers to the gold and black masquerade mask to make a little different from the black one.

The last thing I did was attach the masks to some dowels that I had painted black. The finished masks worked well.  The total cost of these is probably under $7 each.   The starburst emblem in the middle of each mask was around $3 and probably the most expensive item on the mask.  As you can see it is pretty easy to make a masquerade mask and it does not have to be expensive if you make it with items you have on hand.

My friend Annette Elizabeth made this mask from a plastic white mask that she cut up and spray painted.  She made simple changes that came off rather dramatic combined with her costume (I made the wool

hair dreadlocks that she is wearing, which I post directions on later).

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