Mardi Gras Carnival Masks – Recycled Packaging

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Mardi Gras Carnival Masks were featured in some books we looked at recently.  Carnivals are festivals that are full of colour, costumes and lots of music!

Mardi Gras Carnival
Mardi Gras Carnival

We had found these books at our local library which were very interesting.  One of our favourites was ‘Mardi Gras and Carnival (Celebrations in my World)’ which seemed easy to read and had some fantastic photographs too.

Another of our favourites which helped us understand more about these festivals was ‘Carnivals from around the World’ which again was easy to read and very colourful! 

We loved the colour, the glamour and the great fun that seemed to be shown in the pictures and illustrations in both of these books.

We decided to make for ourselves some Mardi Gras Carnival masks and play some Samba music to dance about to!  To make our masks we found some cardboard drinks holders – these were the ones that you usually get from a fast food drive through (thru)  to keep your cold drinks from spilling over.

cardboard drinks holder
cardboard drinks holder

After making sure that there were places to see out of (we carefully pushed a pencil through the cardboard to make eye holes) Peakles painted them with gold paint and we left them to dry.

painting it gold
painting it gold

Once they were dry we used our glue sticks to glue plastic jewels and feathers onto the masks.

Adding feathers to the mask
Adding feathers to the mask

 

Lots of Feathers
Lots of Feathers and Jewels

Some people do not like having things tied around their heads so you could use a large lollipop stick or a chopstick and glue this onto the side of your mask so you can hold it up to your face.

Using a chopstick to make a mask handle
Using a chopstick to make a mask handle

Peakles and I enjoyed making these masks and there are many variations that you could try.  Instead of using real feathers you could glue on cut out feathers or some foam shapes.  Tiny balls of aluminium foil can be used if you do not have any plastic jewels.  If you have a child who does not want a ‘sparkly’ mask then try out some different colours and add some tentacles or some zigzag lightening bolts instead!

For our mask Peakles decided to have some ribb0n secured onto the edges and knotted.  This also meant that she was ‘hands free’ and able to join in with our Mardi Gras Carnival dancing!

Finished carnival mask
Finished carnival mask

 

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35 Responses
  1. franglaisemummy

    What a fab mask! How clever! I love Mardi Gras carnivals – the one in Nice, in France, where we used to live is massive too.

  2. This is great and I suspect was a lot of fun to do together. I think I need to start looking at things we’re throwing away with more creative eyes and consider what we maybe able to do with them.

  3. great idea! being born in tenerife i’m very fond of a carnival. the one held in santa cruz is the second largest in the world to rio and they are even in the guiness book of records for the largest dance held in an open place!

  4. What a fantastic idea for a craft with a preschooler. The gold paint really makes it look so beautiful and then gluing and sticking is easy for them to do. Have pinned for later x

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