Make these beautiful DIY Mardi Gras Masks and get ready to have a grand fiesta! Comes with a free template that you can color in the way you like!
A celebration is always a joyous occasion, and when it’s one that’s bursting with colors and music, even better! I think these clues are enough to guess what festival we’re talking about – the Mardi Gras celebration!
‘Mardi Gras’ literally translates to ‘Fat Tuesday’. Sounds like a rather odd name to have for a holiday, but there’s a reason for it! The official celebration begins after Epiphany or Three Kings Day, and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Since Lent is just around the corner and it is a season of fasting and abstinence, people make use of the last day of the celebration to feast on rich foods – hence, the name Fat Tuesday!
Besides the food, one thing you’ll find in all Mardi Gras celebrations is the custom of wearing colorful masks. These masks are usually in purple, green, or gold, and are quite elaborate. They used to be designed based on fairies or mythical features, but today they’re a more generic design, but with lots of bling!
This year, Mardi Gras falls on the 21st of February, and we’re celebrating – with some DIY Mardi Gras masks! These are super easy to make and decorate, as you’ll soon see!
DIY Mardi Gras Masks With Free Template
- Colored markers
- Colorful feathers and other embellishments
- ‘Jewel’ stickers
How to make the DIY Mardi Gras Masks:
1. Download and print the DIY Mardi Gras Masks template. The printables are in black and white, so you can have the joy of coloring in!
2. Cut out the masks and start coloring them in. You could also do it the other way round – color in the masks and then cut them out. This may be easier for younger children.
3. Now that we have a base to work with, let’s get to decorating our DIY Mardi Gras masks! Start with your little jewel stickers, and use them on the edges of the mask.
4. Move on to the larger embellishments now. This is the time to stick your larger shiny stickers. You can also add little foam flowers or stars.
5. The final step in decorating the DIY Mardi Gras masks should be sticking the feathers since it will be difficult to add anything after that. Make sure the feathers don’t obstruct the mask’s eye holes.
6. Your DIY Mardi Gras masks are ready! Now all you need to do is attach some string to both ends of the mask so you can wear it. Or else, you can attach the mask to the end of a long stick and hold it in your hand.
That’s it – beautiful, colorful DIY Mardi Gras masks ready in a jiffy! The only challenge here is making sure you have enough embellishments and feathers to work with, but that’s nothing that can’t be solved with a quick trip to the craft store! These masks go perfectly with our Mardi Gras coloring pages, so be sure to check them out!
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