With Halloween just around the corner, i’m sure you have your costume sorted! If not, Naughty Naughty! No no… only joking – to be totally honest, i haven’t gotten around to finalizing ours either yet! Kayla has decided she’s going as an anime cat – half her stuff has already arrived, so at least she’s organised. The rest of us, well, i’ll keep you posted!
One great option for easy, affordable kids (or adults) masks are paper plates, and today, we decided to create a couple of Little Miss Sara’s favorite television characters. If they survive until Halloween, they’ll be a great option, but in the meantime (and at any other time of the year) these wonderful little masks provide so much fun! They can be used in dress-up games, or just popped on to put a smile on when someone’s feeling down. My personal favorites are definitely ‘Ben’ and ‘Holly’, but that may just be due to Stockholm syndrome…
Today, we made 4 different paper plate masks. We made our favorite characters,
- Ben – from The Little Kingdom of Ben and Holly
- Holly – from The little Kingdom of Ben and Holly
- Lambie – from Doc McStuffins
- Shine – from Shimmer and Shine
Here are some the pictures that i used to sketch my masks. Just be sure to draw them head-on if possible.
We used a lot of arts and craft stuff from my fantastic new art drawers (just got them today – 🙂 still need to sort and organize everything tomorrow)
The Basic supplies (each mask had a few extras, but i’ll tell you about those as we go along)
- large paper plates
- poster paint (skin tone, pink, dark blue, light brown, yellow)
- elastic band
- popsicle sticks
- hobby knife
- clear- drying, all purpose glue
- clothing pegs (to hold parts together while they dry)
- Sharpies Fine Point
Extra SuppliesFor Ben
- 2 Plastic leaves – (i pulled them off the privacy shade out back – sshhh!)
- a cardboard triangle for his hat, painted dark blue
- yellow ribbon
- orange ribbon (preferably slightly thinner than the yellow, but not the end of the world!)
- a crown cut out of gold cardboard
- red and pink card (for her wand)
- 2 googalie eyes (for her wand)
- cotton wool balls
- thick pink ribbon, formed into a bow
- shiny blue wool, cut into strips (you need to check your paper plate size, and cut strips to fit)
- a small piece of decorative piece of ribbon
- 30 cm of gold ribbon
- decorative stickers that look like jewels
Step 1 – Choosing and sketching your design
Well, for us, it was pretty easy – there are a few programs on television that little miss Sara just loves (no – we don’t watch THAT much, but you know how it is…) Ben and Holly is most definitely her new favorite, with Doc McStuffins coming in hot on its heels! And to be honest, i just think Shimmer and Shine are so pretty – i haven’t actually watched an entire episode, but they do remind me of little toddler versions of Jasmine from Aladdin, and i loved Aladdin! So, i ‘spose that one was for Mom…
First, i laid out a plastic table cloth, so that we wouldn’t have to worry about any mess, then i got busy sketching… as you can see, at this stage, you really don’t need to worry too much. Just get the lines down, so you know what you’re doing – the magic happens later!
Step 2 – Painting
Now for the fun part! Grab your paints, and start laying down the basic color blocks. I painted all but the one plate first, and then cut the eyes out after, but that’s really up to you. (If you prefer, you could cut your eye holes out first, and then paint.)
Step 3 – Shine (and all that hair!)
(We started with Shine, because i knew that all that hair was going to take abit of time – in the end, it wasn’t as bad as i expected – it took less than half an hour to paint all the faces and do Shine’s hair.) Start around the top of the face, and lay short pieces of wool from ‘jaw’ to ‘jaw’, creating a nice shape to her hairline as you go. Repeat until the front is done, then move onto the second section of hair. Starting in the middle, glue relatively long strips of wool down one side of Shine’s head, bunching it up for volume as you go. Don’t worry about the white glue, it does dry clear, and you won’t see a thing later, i promise! Now repeat down the other side. Cut a trapeze shape from your decorative ribbon, and glue it to the center of Shine’s hair, then set her aside to dry.
When Shine is done (3 to 4 hours drying tim required), color around her eyes, being careful to only go about 3/4 of the way (as if you were applying eyeliner), then draw in her nose and little mouth. Add an elastic strap the size of your child’s head, then glue on the strip of golden ribbon so that it covers the knots and add your jewels. Trim off the extra rim of the paper plate, and whah lah! You’re done! (Hehe – yip, this one turned out a little big for Miss Sara – going to pass this one on to big sister Kayla!)
Step 4 – Lambie
Next up – Everybody’s favorite little lamb… Lambie! What a sweetie pie! To add the real touch of love (the fluffiness), we glued a whole lot of white cotton balls to the top of her head, only leaving a space open for her pretty pink bow. To make the bow, take a piece of ribbon 45cm (almost 18 inches) and fold it in half. Fold it in half again. Then take another small piece of ribbon (about 10 cm) folded in half lengths ways, and tie that around your folded ribbon. You might need someone to help you – i did! Gently tug and fluff the sides until it looks the way you want it to, then glue the knot, then trim when dry.
Glue the ribbon onto its space between the cotton balls, attach an elastic strap, and then add in Lambie’s nose, mouth and eyes. Don’t forget her trademark eyelashes! This one’s sure to be a firm favorite!
Step 5 – Ben
I did our favorites last, because they were actually the simplest, and took the least time. But to be honest, i still think thy came out looking the best… Anyway, for Ben, all you need to do is paint in his hair using the light brown (a yellowish brown is perfect) and lightly paint on some ‘scribbly cheeks’ using a soft pink, one that’s only slightly darker than the skin tone that you use. When that’s dry, grab your Sharpies and go over the scribbly cheeks in a dark pink or red, and draw in the nose, mouth and eyebrows. Oh, don’t forget to do his ears! Trim the rim of the paper plate, and set it aside. Cut out a triangle of hard cardboard for Ben’s hat, paint it dark blue, and stick on your plastic leaves. When the hat is dry, glue it to Ben’s head, and secure it with a couple of clothing pegs so that it dries properly. When everything is nice and dry, glue on a popsicle stick, and that’s it! Ben’s done!
Step 6 – Holly
Holly is Ben’s best friend from the wonderful show, The Little Kingdom of Ben and Holly. The two of them are always having such great adventures! For Holly, we also painted on her scribbly cheeks, then used our sharpies to draw in her nose, mouth eyebrows and eyelashes. We decided to use yellow and sparkly orange ribbon for Holly’s hair instead of painting it, so, i first stuck down a couple of strips of yellow, then plopped the orange down on top of that. While the ribbon was drying, i cut out a crown for Holly from some gold cardboard, and we glued that on when the ribbon was dry. Again, i used a few clothing pegs to make sure that the crown dried properly, and then i trimmed the excess paper plate. The last thing we did was add on the popsicle stick and make a little wand. (Holly is a fairy – and every fairy HAS TO have a wand!) For the wand, we cut out 2 triangles in red card, a circle in red, and a smaller circle in pink. We created a star from the triangles, stuck the red circle on top of them, and the pink circle on top of that. Then we attached the eyes, drew on some eyelashes and a smile, and attached the star to a popsicle stick (if your child is a little older, i’d suggest using something a little thinner and longer – i chose to go with the popsicle stick for safety’s sake… 🙂 )
So, i bet you’re wondering how they turned out… i know all the little pictures don’t really show the end result (not properly, anyway)… Well, take a look… (i must say, i’m pretty impressed myself!)
Here’s Shine, our favorite little Genie, waiting to grant your every wish!
This is how Lambie turned out…
And let’s not forget Holly!
I hope you have as much fun with these little guys as we’re going to! Remember – Halloween doesn’t have to be the only time for fancy dress!
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