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Video:How to Create a Paper Mache Mask

with Daniel Mar

Paper mache masks in the Venetian style are great for masquerade balls and kid friendly crafts. Learn how to make a paper mache mask with this helpful video.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Create a Paper Mache Mask

Hi, I'm design expert Daniel Mar from House of Flash Fashion Lifestyle Accessories for About.com. Today, I'm going to teach you how to make a Venetian style paper mache mask.

To Make A Paper Mache Mask, You Will Need:

  • Paper mache paste
  • Newspaper strips
  • Aluminum foil
  • No-stick cooking spray
  • Spray adhesive
  • A fabric remnant
  • A wooden dowel
  • Glitter gel
  • Black craft paint and a paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Decorative ribbon of your choice
  • White school glue
  • Hot glue
  • Assorted decorative items of your choice.

Paste Strips of Paper Onto Your Mask Form

To create a paper mache mask, you're going to need a form. Take a section of heavy-duty aluminum that's about 18 inches wide. Fold it in thirds. Place the aluminum mask level on your face, and press down. Spray the form with a non-stick cooking spray to help get the mache off later. Take your newspaper strips, dip them into your paper mache paste, and set them down on your form. Continue to layer the paper strips, cover your entire area, and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Paint and Cut the Mask to Shape

Once it is dry, remove the foil, and you have your mask shell. I've already started painting it, but I'm going to show you that all you need to do is take some black craft paint and spread it out. You don't have to be neat, this is just to cover the paper. Now, cut the mask to the shape that you want it. This is a project that kids can do, but you might want to help them out when it comes to the cutting.

Now, we need to finish off the back. Make sure you do this outside, because spray adhesive can be very messy. Spray a nice layer of your spray adhesive, take some fabric, and cover the back. Trim away all your excess fabric.

Decorate the Paper Mache Mask to Your Style

You are now ready to decorate your mask.I'm going to take some glitter gel and outline some designs. While this dries, I'm going to prepare the stem for our Venetian style paper mache mask. Apply a little hot glue to the end of the wooden dowel. Be careful when using hot glue—you don't want to touch it directly. Wrap the ribbon around and use the end of your gun to seal the ribbon to the dowel.

You can definitely add other decorative objects—beads, extra glitter, little sequins. It's all going to add to the style of your mask. Choose festive colors and metalics—things like that are always fun to see on a mask. For a decorative touch, I'm also going to be adding some ribbon to the end of the dowel. And now we're ready to adhere the stem to the mask. For this, we are going to need an ample amount of hot glue. Place the dowel against the mask and roll it back and forth a bit so it really catches the glue. Allow this to set. And once this is dry, you're all set. You've just made a Venetian style paper mache mask.
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