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How to make crazy vibrant carnival masks with the kids – perfect for carnivals.

How to make carnival masks

Brighten up the half term holidays with some fabulously crazy carnival masks.

It’s super simple to make our carnival masks with the kids and they can really let their imaginations run wild.

Perfect carnival masks for celebrating Mardi Gras! 

kids carnival masks craft - red shiny masquerade masks made by kids decorated with shiny stars, paper and glitter

What you need to make our masks

These easy Mardi Gras carnival masks are made using simple craft supplies so you’ll probably have a lot of them in at home already!

  • sheet of A4 paper to draw the template
  • sheet of card per mask – you can use cereal packets or other empty boxes.
  • lolly stick to hold the mask and you’ll get to eat a lolly first!
  • scissors
  • bits and pieces for decorations – anything sparkly or shiny – even old sweet wrappers will do.
  • glue and sticky tape

How to make kids carnival masks

If you’re short on time or making this craft with very young children it might be a good idea to cut out the carnival mask templates and just let the kids decorate them.

Step by step instructions for making Mardi Gras masks

  • Fold the A4 paper in half and draw half a carnival mask template – any shape you like – half a butterfly, star or classic masquerade with pointed swept up eyes.
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  • Cut out the template with scissors to reveal your mask template
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  • Draw around the template onto the card and cut out – young children will need a little help with this
  • Using shiny metallic card is great for this craft as it gives the mask a decorative look the easy way!
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  • Tip out your craft box bits and pieces and let the kids make their own mask creations – (I have a box of bits of shiny paper and card and ribbons, things I just save for the kids to do creative art with)
  • Just let the kids use their imaginations and decorate their carnival mask however they like.
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  • To decorate the mask you could add shiny paper, sticker stars, tiny folded paper fans, glitter, shiny bits of card or go natural and add feathers, leaves, twigs and tiny shells to create a nature wildlife warrior mask.
  • Attach a lollipop stick to the side of the carnival mask so kids can hold them up in front of their faces. You could also attach elastic if you prefer instead of lollipop sticks.

Let the kids put on their masks and create a fun carnival procession to show them off!

preschool boy wearing a homemade crafted carnival mask - made from red shiny card with metallic gold star decorations and ribbons.

More Mask & Dress Up Crafts to Try

Loads more kids art projects and activities here

  • Bug Eye Mask Craft – a brilliantly fun craft for kids – create your own massive bug eyes with bendy antennae, this bug eye craft guarantees lots of giggles.
  • Paper Flower Crowns – a simple spring craft for kids making pretty little daisy crowns – you could use these as Easter bonnets or May Day flower crowns.
Yield: 1 mask

How to make a carnival mask

homemade kids carnival mask in red and gold decorated with stars, tissue paper fans, curly ribbon and gold eyelashes

How to make crazy, bright, colourful vibrant carnival masks with the kids – perfect for carnivals.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost £1

Materials

  • Sheet of A4 paper to draw the mask template 
  • Sheet of A4 card per mask
  • Lolly stick to hold the mask
  • Bits and pieces for decorations - shiny paper, sweet wrappers or even nature finds 
  • Tube of glue 
  • Sticky tape 

Tools

  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 

Instructions

  1. Fold the A4 paper in half and draw half a carnival mask template – any shape you like – half a butterfly, star or classic masquerade with pointed swept up eyes. carnival mask template, how to make carnival masks, kids activities from daisies and pie
  2. Cut out the template with scissors to reveal your mask template. how to make carnival masks, carnival mask template, cut out carnival masks, kids activities from daisies and pie
  3. Draw around the template onto the card and cut out – young children will need a little help with this.
  4. Using shiny metallic card is great for this craft as it gives the mask a decorative look the easy way! carnival mask template, how to make mask templates, carnival masks, kids activities from daisies and pie
  5. Tip out your craft box bits and pieces and let the kids make their own mask creations – (I have a box of bits of shiny paper and card and ribbons, things I just save for the kids to do creative art with) craft box bits, making carnival masks, kids activities daisies and pie
  6. Just let the kids use their imaginations and decorate their carnival mask however they like.
  7. Attach a lollipop stick to the side of the carnival mask so kids can hold them up in front of their faces. You could also attach elastic if you prefer instead of lollipop sticks.

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