Even though Kathleen from Grosgrain plans on having her first official Halloween giveaway on October 1st she doubts that she will make that goal so instead she is offering up these two masks
featured in her post. She believes that the masks will fit any adult, especially since she added ties.
The masks are made from the latest Martha Stewart magazine and DIY tutorial found here.
is so helpful that she added some tips if you decided to make them yourself.
“DON'T skimp on the materials. You absolutely need crepe paper in the sheet form and NOT the streamer form especially for the beak.
DO use a glue stick and not a glue gun. You really need the wide application of a glue stick. But more importantly you need time to carefully arrange the crepe paper and a glue gun gives you very little time to make mistakes.
DO NOT start the feathers around the eyes first like it says in the tutorial. Rather start around the outer edge of the mask. This way you can easily layer them on top of each other rather than having to pull the feathers up to glue the next layer underneath. If this is confusing to you, follow the tutorial until you reach the step in which you must start to glue the feathers. You will see what I mean
DO buy your crepe paper online. I used half a tank of gas searching
for gray crepe paper. And I was lucky to finally find it in streamer
form. I would have saved myself a lot of time and money by just buying them
online. Since you have to buy the blank paper mache masks online you might as
well go ahead and buy the paper.
DON'T substitute tissue paper for crepe paper. The reason why crepe paper works so well is because of the wrinkles. It lends itself well to the look of feathers and gives a 'creepy' sort of texture that compliments a 'carnevale' style mask.
DO experiment with different colors. If I were to do these again I would have done a red and black feathered bird. Or a plain black raven with a yellow beak.
DO buy broad scalloped scissors. This will save you a lot of time especially if you do not have the steady hand to make even bumps yourself. You can find links to everything in the above mentioned tutorial except for the scissors. I found those at Michaels for $1.99
may not be able to tell from the photos but I cut off the elastic band that
came with the masks and added two thin velvet ribbons which work really well!
This way they are adjustable for anyone and look a lot more slick!”
So much fun and so cool. I might have to try this for myself since I love masks.