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!
What you need to make carnival 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!
- 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 these carnival masks 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 carnival 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.
- Cut out the template with scissors to reveal your mask template
- 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!
- 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.
- To decorate the carnival 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!
More Mask & Dress Up Crafts to Try
- 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.
- Forest Fairy – this stunning autumn craft is perfect for nature loving kids and they end up with beautiful autumn leaf wings and a pretty autumn leaf crown.
- 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.