How to Make a Mustache on a Stick Activity
Learn how to make a mustache with these simple instructions. This handmade craft makes an excellent disguise or costume piece, and it's also a great way to convey that you are a dastardly, dapper, daring character during play time. Read on to learn how to make a mustache on a stick for Halloween, costume parties, or dress up.
What You Need:
- Black, brown, red, and/or yellow felt pieces and/or construction paper
- Hot glue
- Wood chopsticks
- Internet access
- Paper and pencil
What You Do:
- First, have her begin thinking about different styles of mustaches. Several famous people and characters have worn distinctive mustache styles over the years. Have her name a few to get started – there’s Groucho Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Salvador Dali, Yosemite Sam and more. Look up photos online for inspiration.
- Have your child choose a shape for her mustache, either based on a person's or on one she’s dreamed up herself. Once she's decided, she can choose a color of felt or construction paper to make her mustache disguise. She can match her own hair color or choose a color that’s completely different!
- Next, have her draw a template. If she’s copying a traditional style, she can print out a picture of the mustache and trace around it, or she can draw it freehand onto a piece of construction paper.
- Have her cut the same template shape out of felt material or construction paper.
- Use the hot glue, to glue one end of the back of the mustache to a wood chopstick. Repeat this step for each mustache she created with another wood chopstick.
- After the glue has dried she can lift the mustache (using the stick holder) to above her lip. Do you still recognize her? She may want to play a spy game with her new disguise!
- You can even add accessories to create more distinct personas: place the mustache closer to the middle of the chopstick and add a small circle at eye-level. Voila — a mustache and monocle fit for railroad baron or real estate tycoon!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.