Halloween is a cultural phenomenon that is a product superstitious belief. It only happens once a year and is an opportunity to showcase your creativity. Ace costume parties with this DIY paper plate mask that you can make with kids. Artistic talent is a bonus but not needed for this craft!
Enjoy the convenience of having a stick mask with this fun-to-do activity. There are a variety of designs from spooky aliens to cute animals that can be made out of paper plates. For this, we will feature a black cat.
There are numerous historical accounts that attempted to explain how black cats were associated to bad luck. The most prominent story linked black cats to witchcraft. People then wildly believed that witch could transform to black cats to freely roam around.
Things you need:
- Paper plates
- Black Paint (any kind)
- Colored papers
- Scratch paper
Most of the materials are readily available at your home. In case some are not, both black paint and paintbrush are available in most crafts shop and bookstores.
Gather all the materials needed and decide on the design that you like. It is helpful to draft your design on a scratch paper to familiarize yourself with the target final look of the mask.
Set up a surface out of scratch paper to protect your floor or table from paint. Afterwards, slowly color the back of the paper plate with black paint. Give special attention to the ridges. Ensure that the paint fully covers the brown surface of the paper plate. Be patient in painting and avoid putting too much paint in certain areas to avoid uneven texture. Let it dry for a few minutes.
While waiting for the paint to dry, you can pick a black paper for the ears. Fold in in half before drawing a triangular outline to ensure symmetry. Once done, cut the paper out following the outline and put paste on its edge. Stick it to the paper plate and apply pressure for around 15 seconds.
For the eyes, choose a colored paper and fold it in half. Draw an outline and cut it. Paste the cutout on the surface of the paper plate. Make sure that the eyes are positioned at the right level!
Cut out a small trapezoid outline from a piece of colored paper. Any light shade of red or orange is highly suggested! Paste the paper cutout just below the area where the eyes intersect.
Draw another outline inside the eyes of the mask and cut it out. This will give the space for your own mortal eyes!
With the remaining black paper, cut six long strips to be used as whiskers. Simply glue three long strips on each side below eye-level to complete the cat look.
Attach the mask to a garter or a stick depending on your preference. Pair the mask with an all black outfit and you’re good to go!
Find more inspirations with these simple guidelines. With more creativity, you can make countless designs out of this procedure. Enjoy the party!