How to Make a Paper Plate Mask

Pretending to be someone else is a joy that can be experienced by anyone at any age.Who cares if it’s not Halloween–a fun costume can be a joy to wear on any occasion. Maybe you want to make animal masks, or you want to celebrate Mardi Gras, or you have a flair for the theatrics and decide to put on a play in a day.Out of the myriad of things you can do with your upcycled paper plates, mask making seems to be one of the most enticing activities. You can shape out a variety of colorful masks from these simple paper plates.Whatever your ambition is, these paper plate masks are sure to be a hit with you and your kids. The great thing about these projects is you can use many of the same materials for both projects, which will save you a lot of time even if you don’t do both projects in the same day. The best part: They are so easy to make that children as young as 5 to 6 years old can do them with little to no supervision (parents should supervise while scissors and a hot glue gun are being used).

  • Decorative straws or craft sticks
  • Hot glue

Draw Mask Design on Paper Plate

Use a pen or pencil to draw the outline of your mask onto a paper plate. Think about how wide you want it to be and how much of your face you want it to cover–make sure to draw an indentation for your nose. Get creative with the shape or stick to a classic one.

Cut Out Mask Design and Eye Holes

Cut out the mask shape you drew with scissors. For the eye holes, fold your mask in half and mark on one side where your eye is. Cut out your eye hole while the plate is folded to get two symmetrical ovals.

Paint or Color In Mask

Use tempera paint, markers, or crayons to color your mask. Use one color as a base or multiple to paint intricate designs.

Decorate Your Mask

Decorate your mask with whatever craft supplies move you. Some suggestions are: glitter, tissue paper, rhinestones, ribbon, and stickers. There is no one way to decorate a mask!

Attach Mask to Straw or Craft Stick

To make a handle for your mask, use hot glue to attach a straw or a craft stick to your paper plate mask. You could also cut a length of ribbon to fit around your head and attach that to the sides of your mask.