Make Day of the Dead Masks

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Basic mask template (optional)
  • Elastic, ribbon or cord
  • Paints, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Pencil
  • Hobby knife
  • Glue
  • Hole punch

What You Do:

  1. Use the back of a paper plate as the front of the mask, as the dip of the plate fits more comfortably around the face.
  2. Have your child trace a skull shape onto the back of the paper plate (if you want to make it easy, you can also glue the printable mask that's linked above to the back of the plate).
  3. Using a hobby knife, cut out the eyes and nose areas which are shaded in black.
  4. Get your child to decorate the mask with flowers, leaves, and patterns using paint, crayons or pencils.
  5. Punch two holes at the sides of the plate and string a length of ribbon through each side and knot. These will be used to keep the mask on.

Masks can either be worn or hung up as decorations. If you want your child's mask to be used as a decoration, you don't need to cut out the eyes or nose out or punch holes for the ribbons. Instead, just punch a hole in the top, and string a ribbon through from which to hang it.

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