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Mardi Gras Masks

(Grades 4 and up)

Number of Attendees:

It really depends on your space.  I had over 20 in attendance, but you can have it larger or smaller depending on your room and staffing

Length:

1 – 2 hours.  Mine ran for a bit over an hour and half.

Budget:

approx. 30$

Supplies:

  • Plain plastic masks
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Feathers
  • Glitter
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Mardi Gras beads

 

Room Setup:

A few 6’ tables with plenty of space in between each.

Publicity:

Flyer, website, local newspaper, online calendar, Teen Advisory Board, local schools

Overview:

This is a simple and fun craft for kids and teens!  Essentially, they get to decorate plain masks in a fun fashion for Mardi Gras!

1)      Get supplies.

  1. You can buy suitable masks at most craft stores.  I got plain plastic ones (in white and black) with an elastic band from A.C. Moore.  They were $.79 apiece, if memory serves.  I got about 45, which ended up working out well.
  2. All the other supplies we had in our communal craft cabinet and left over from past programs. 

2)      Set-up.

  1. We set up a few long tables up with 6-8 chairs at each table.
  2. I didn’t use a plastic covering for the whole table; I gave very kid a sheet of scrap paper to work on.  Most of my kids were in grades 6-10, so they were pretty neat.  If you are doing this with younger kids, I’d suggest covering the whole table, since it has the potential to get messy.
  3. I laid out the masks, feathers, glitter, and tissue paper on each table.  I kept the paint and glue separate.
  4. Get some fun music!  I put on some jazzy tunes from the ‘Treme’ soundtrack and Louis Armstrong; my teens loved it!

3)      Welcome the kids.

  1. Everyone was greeted with a set of Mardi Gras beads to wear. 
  2. Once most of the kids arrived, I briefly explained a bit about Mardi Gras, some of its traditions, popular locations, significance in New Orleans, etc..
  3. I showed a sample mask which I had made head of time that was decked to the nine’s with feathers, glitter, different colors.  I also printed out a few pictures of the parades and costumes.  This gave them some ideas of how to use their materials.

4)      Get crafty!

  1. It was more or less self-explanatory what they were supposed to do.  My two main rules were: 1) Decorate the mask as you wish. 2) Don’t make a terrible mess.
  2. To avoid a mess, I gave everyone who asked a bit of glue and/or paint in a little plastic container (like one used for sauce).  This helped avoid any large spills and any excessive use.  They came back for refills when needed.
  3. I gave everyone only one mask to start off.  Once everyone had done one, then I gave out extras.  Most of them made about 2 masks.

5)      End result?

  1. My teens had a blast at the program!  It was a great way for each of them to get creative and to learn a bit about the holiday’s significance. 
  2. Very easy clean up.  A vacuuming was necessary from the glitter and the tables needed a wipe down.  Nothing terrible.
  3. Overall, an easy and fun program for kids of all ages!
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