This Halloween, make a masks to go over …. your masks. All you’ll want is a few flour, water, a balloon, paint and the newspaper you’re holding. Doing papier-mâché over a balloon is a enjoyable, simple method and yields a sphere that may be reduce into two masks bases and reworked into any animal or creature you possibly can dream up. Lower off the corners of recycled meals packing containers (like for crackers or cereal) to make snouts and ears, or horns and saber enamel.
Treasures out of your recycling bin will present inspiration for an entire menagerie of critters.
What you’ll want:
1 cup flour
1 cup heat water
Mixing bowl and spoon
Newspaper, torn into 1-inch strips
Recycled skinny cardboard field, like ones used for cereal or crackers
Scorching glue gun
Primer, paint and paintbrush
Ribbon or string
Combine flour and water till all of the lumps are gone. It ought to be the consistency of skinny pancake batter.
Dip a newspaper strip into the combination, use two fingers to squeegee off extra and clean it onto the balloon. You possibly can regular the balloon by putting it in a colander or a bowl.
Preserve overlaying the balloon, overlapping the strips in several instructions (not pictured). You possibly can depart a gap across the knot. After you could have lined the balloon, add 1 or two extra layers. You shouldn’t be capable of see the colour of the balloon by means of the newspaper. Place the balloon on the colander to dry for about 24 hours.
As soon as the papier-mâché is dry, pop and take away the balloon.
Draw a line across the sphere vertically and reduce it in half to create two masks bases. Lower an inch or so off the underside (knot aspect).
Lower eye holes: You possibly can create a template for eye placement by holding a bit of paper towards your face, pinching the paper the place your eyes fall. Use a pencil to stipulate the eyes. Fold the paper in half and reduce out eye holes to create a stencil. Mark the spots in your masks and reduce out eyes with a craft knife.
Make a snout: Lower a wedge form out of the aspect of a cereal or cracker field in order that the corners of the field will make the perimeters of the snout. Taper the highest by folding the perimeters in and forming a tough triangle with your personal creases. Scorching glue the underside flaps to overlap one another, beneath, the place the nostrils will go. Trim as wanted.
Make ears: Lower two V-shaped items off the opposite nook of the field, on the fold. Deliver the 2 backside tabs collectively to overlap and sizzling glue them in place. Fold within the ear flap on the left or proper aspect of every.
Scorching glue the options to the masks base and paint the entrance with primer.
When the primer has dried, snip some furry edges across the sides of the face. You possibly can reduce room beneath the snout on your nostril, if wanted.
Paint orange and let it dry. Then paint on different options — stripes, a pink nostril, no matter your animal wants.
Flip the masks over and sizzling glue a ribbon to both aspect at eye stage. Scorching glue a small sq. of scrap cardboard over the ribbon to safe it.