Netflix & SPC: Easy Character Masks
One of the first crafts I made with a teeny 18-month old Scarlett was a mask of a cat. I could sit here and pretend that I don’t know what happened to it, but being an overly sentimental person, I can admit that I have it lovingly pressed into an art portfolio that houses many of Scarlett’s first crafts and artwork. I created it one afternoon, post nap, when I had that hour before dinner to kill–you know the one, the one that actually feels like two weeks. I made a cat because other than absolutely nothing else, a cat is the only thing I can draw well. However, Scarlett thought it perfectly resembled our family pet, Abbie.
I’m proud to say that, at the tender age of 8, Scarlett still finds it pretty awesome if we sit down and make a mask. For instance, when I went to create the masks to be photographed for this post, I enlisted Scarlett for help. I made our craft session an after school project she could tackle post homework. When I told her we could work together in front of one of her favorite movies (Mr. Popper’s Penguins which is, coincidentally, on Netflix this month), she excitedly announced, “This is the greatest day ever!”
As you can see, I was inspired by our late-day movie treat. I think my penguin came out pretty good. Although, I was impressed by the close resemblance Scarlett’s minion mask came to the actual animated guys from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 (also on Netflix this month). I think it’s one for the art portfolio. Don’t you?
Here’s what you need:
Here’s what you do:
Decide if you need cut your paper plate into a shape that resembles your character. For instance, I only cut down the size of my paper plate circle. However, my daughter created an oval shape across the top of her plate to replicate a minions distinct head shape. If you have a character or animal that has ears (bunny or cat, for instance) that are noticeably belonging to them, be sure to add them or cut them into the shape.
Using a pencil, circle where the holes for each eye should be positioned and then cut them out of the plate.
Cut and measure colored construction paper that can adorn the plate. Glue into place.
Using markers or colored pencils, color any portions that need further detail. For instance, my daughter used a grey marker to draw on the minions tell-tale goggles.
Place a popsicle stick at the bottom of the mask in the center. Fasten into place using the Duck tape.
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