Get Creative: How to Make a Wacky and Wonderful Bird Mask

We all know kids love a good mask. They’re playful, fun and great for dress up games! What’s even better than buying them a mask? Letting them create one for themselves! In fact, we think this is the perfect summer holiday activity. Great for those rainy days when they’re bored and driving you up the wall. We’ve teamed up with Laura, a lovely project crafter from Manchester. She’s been running bird of paradise mask workshops in-store and they’ve been going down a treat. So, here’s her step-by-step guide on how-to craft these wacky and wonderful masks at home.

Before you get started, you’ll need the following:

  • Coloured card
  • Some of Paperchase’s lovely, patterned paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glitter
  • Washi tapes
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Hole punch

    Step 1

    First, choose what Bird you would like to create – you could go with a flamingo, parrot, toucan or a mythical fantasy bird! Gather all your materials together.

    Craft materials

    Step 2

    Draw and cut a rectangle out of the card you want for the base of your mask- I did mine 17cmX10cm just make sure the rectangle comfortably fits your face.

    Cut a rectangle of card

    Step 3

    Cut a slit up the middle of one of the long edges measuring 4 centimetres, this is where we are going to attach the beak.

    Step 4

    Next, you need to draw on where you want the eyes (I found washi tapes a handy size for drawing circles!)

    Draw eyes

    Step 5

    Next cut a diamond shape, mine measures 4.5cm X 5.5cm but you could change the size- get creative- how about a toucan beak?

     

    Cut a diamond shape

    Step 6

    Fold the beak shape in half and fold back the slit on either side, as shown in the image.

    Fold beak shape in half

    Step 7

    Next, we want to stick the beak on so do this by putting glue on the slit folds. Your beak should look like the image from the back.

    Stick beak on

    Step 8

    You can now start to decorate. First, I added the layer of blue then cut little ear shapes into the top – but it's entirely up to you how you decorate! Remember these are Bird of Paradise masks so the more colourful the better.

    Decorate

    Step 9

    Washi tape can be a great way to add colour or pattern here!

    Add washi tape

    Step 10

    Now for the feathers! First cut a selection- think about different sizes and complementing colours perhaps you could fringe a few of them to make them look even more feathery.

    Cut feathers from patterned paper

    Step 11

    Arrange them on your mask before sticking anything down! Once you’re happy, get sticking.

    Arrange feathers and stick to mask

    Step 12

    Next, have a think about final decorations. Think about ways to use those little scraps of paper you have left over. I did a circle and triangle above the beak and mini feathers by the eyes.

    Add final decorations to bird mask

    Add finishing touches

    Step 13

    Now for glitter (aka everyone's favourite part)! This will make the masks look even more magical.

    More decorations for mask

    Step 14

    Finally, hole punch either side. Loop and tie your string in and you’re done!

    Add glitter to mask

     

    Wow, we bet your masks turned out great! We’d LOVE to see your final creation, so share on social and don’t forget to tag @frompaperchase for a chance to be featured on our page.

    Hole punch each side and add string

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