Celebrate the enthusiasm and grandeur of Mardi Gras with these colorful Mardi Gras Crafts for Kids! Easy to make and loads of fun!!
What defines a festival? Let’s see, there’s got to be lots of good food, colorful clothes, shiny decorations and of course, loads of merriment. And I can think of one festival that ticks all the boxes – Mardi Gras!
What is Mardi Gras celebrated for?
Do you know the literal translation of ‘Mardi Gras’? It’s French for ‘Fat Tuesday’! It refers to the ritualistic eating of generally unhealthy foods (hello, king cake) and meat before the traditional 40 days of fasting that accompany the season of Lent in the Catholic faith begins. And today, it’s a pretty big deal, when everyone comes decked out in their carnival best.
When and where is Mardi Gras?
What do kids do during Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is first and foremost for families and always has been. For generations, families have been bringing their ladders to parades so kids can catch throws, oohing and aahing at Mardi Gras royalty, pointing out Big Shot and the Boeuf Gras to the smaller ones, and dancing with the marching bands.
20 Magnificent Mardi Gras Crafts for Kids
1. DIY Mardi Gras Mask Craft for Kids
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear of Mardi Gras has got to be a colorful mask! 100 Directions shows us how to make your own paper mask, decorated with glitter, feathers, and lots of bling!
2. Paper Plate Tambourine Mardi Gras Craft for Kids
We love making our own DIY musical instruments and these paper plate tambourines from Activities for Kids are the perfect way to add some noise to the festivities!
3. Paper Jester Hat Mardi Gras Craft for Kids
Mardi Gras Outlet has a free pattern for a cute jester hat that can be worn by both kids and adults alike. You can either decorate with stars and jewels made out of paper, or you can use adhesive jewels for some more shine and sparkle.
If the noise and jumping is getting too much for the kids, calm them down with these beautiful calm down jars. Mom Dot Love shows us how there are so many options to make this project truly your own.
Nothing spells fun like slime, and when its fluffy, it’s a great calming activity for kids too. Check out the instructions to make this Mardi Gras version from Premeditated Leftovers.
Here’s a Mardi Gras mask craft that’s perfect for preschoolers! It’s quite good-looking, and the handprints give it that flamboyant look typical of carnivals. Get the instructions at That’s What Che Said.
Fun Family Crafts turns a plain old shoebox into a mini carnival float, complete with feathers, flowers, and the works. After all, when you’re celebrating, your Lego Minifigures shouldn’t feel left out!
Decking up your home for Mardi Gras? Check out this easy paper garland from Vicky Barone that’s a breeze to make, especially if you have a circle punch with a large circle size.
Got purple or green paper plates? Then you’re all set to make this Mardi Gras hat from Alpha Mom! This is one of those easy classic crafts, and kids will love to make these for every other holiday.
That’s What Che Said uses mason jar lids to make party streamers that look pretty nice! They’re quite simple to make, and you can make them go with other Mardi Gras crafts.
You’ve got the crown, but that’s not enough. Why not make a collar to go with it for a complete costume? Activities for Kids shows us exactly how to go about this!
This Mardi Gras-themed play dough set from Elemeno P Kids looks so pretty! Different flavors of Kool-Aid lend the matching colors and if you’re feeling brave, feel free to add some glitter to the mix!
Get the little ones involved in your Mardi Gras celebrations with a fun sensory bin, filled with feathers, beads, confetti, and more. Get more ideas over at Pint Sized Cities.
Fun Family Crafts has a simple paper craft for kids of all ages – a paper crown. You can use shiny craft paper, or recycle toffee wrappers or leftover gift wrap – the options are just endless!
Let’s make some noise with these paper plate instruments from Thinking Outside the SandBox! These are really easy for young kids to put together; all you need is a paper plate and some rice for a gentle but fun noise.
And if you think the noisemakers are too mild, take things up a notch with a marching drum from Activity Village! K up the beat with this drum made out of an old coffee tin, which you can dress up any way you like.
Mardi Gras Outlet shows us how to make some gorgeous pinwheels which you can use in different ways – simply play with them, or use them as cupcake toppers, for drink straws, as decor or make mini versions for jewelry.
Sparkly pipe cleaners are the star in this glamorous craft from Free Kids Crafts. And because they’re so bendy, you can make all kinds of swirls and twists with them.
Crafts by Amanda make beads out of duct tape, in Mardi Gras-themed colors. I can think of so many ways to use these! Kids can also use this idea for occasions other than Mardi Gras by changing the color combination.
This is a fun one to make with little kids! GUB Life has the instructions to make these felt beads and since it involves water, prepare for the mess!
These ideas are great for a Mardi Gras-themed party – you can use them for decor, table settings, costumes, party favors, and more. Give the kids a dress code of purple, green, and gold, and be sure to click lots of photographs!