Mardi Gras / Masquerade Ball DIY Mask

Mardi Gras / Masquerade Ball DIY Mask

As always, I believe it keeping it real with you guys so TRUST me when I say I am so far from the crafting type it’s not even funny. I have more projects pinned on Pinterest then I know what to do with and if we’re being honest, I know darn well I’ll never make half of them lol. Plain masquerade masks for decorating

I was searching for birthday ideas for Reese (Countdown…a little over a month before I have a 9-year-old) because she was considering having a masquerade themed birthday party. Well that all went out the window when I burst her bubble and told her I was not doing a party AND a trip…come on kid, you’re killing me. Plain masquerade masks for decorating

Plain masquerade masks for decoratingAfter looking at almost every mask project on Pinterest I ran across one that looked so easy even I couldn’t mess it up…and then she changed her mind on the party. Of course, this happened after I had already bought the stuff to make them. I was going to return everything but then it dawned on me Mardi Gras was right around the corner and I truly did want to try this out. I took the other beads back and exchanged them for Mardi Gras colors and went to town making this mask.

To my surprise, it was actually really easy (unlike most Pinterest projects) and I managed to do three or four of them before I burnt the heck out of myself with the glue gun. I made mine Mardi Gras themed in honor of Mardi Gras, but you can make them for just about any holiday..or just for fun. Plain masquerade masks for decorating

You can use any beads you want and can even add fun stuff like feathers, glitter or event crystals if you want to get real fancy. I’m didn’t make it to Mardi Gras this year (I spent time in New Orleans last year), so this was a fun way for me and Reese to have a little Mardi Gras fun without having to travel. Plus the extra masks she was able to take to school to give to her friends (coolest mom ever) lol.

Plain masquerade masks for decorating Plain masquerade masks for decoratingDIY Mardi Gras Mask

Items Needed:

1. Begin by clipping one of your necklaces in half. There are little pieces of thread in-between each
bead on the necklaces, this is where you will clip.
2. Once your glue gun is warmed up, start on the very outer edge of the mask, place a strip of glue
on the mask, about half an inch at a time, and immediately lay the beads against the glue. Hold
them in place for a quick second and then continue doing this until you’re all the way around
the mask. Plain masquerade masks for decorating
3. Do this with each color of necklace you so choose to use, making sure you start each necklace in
the same spot so it makes it look even. Once you start to get to the tight spots where bending
the necklace won’t work, simply start measuring how many beads will fit in the tight spot, cut
that many beads off the necklace and glue it into place.
4. Continue to glue your necklaces as needed until the mask is full. It should be ready to wear
immediately. I alternated purple, gold, and green necklaces so that it better suited the Mardi
Gras spirit and colors. Plain masquerade masks for decorating

Plain masquerade masks for decorating