Friday, October 5, 2012

DIY: Spirit Animal Masks


While visiting Monika in Burbank, we decided that some serious sister crafting was in order. And since it's Halloween time, what better project than spirit animal masks constructed from paper? So, dear intrepid crafters, collect your supplies: cardstock, glue sticks, scissors, and writing implements.  Pssst! Don't forget your creativity...


Make a template. We used grocery bags because we didn't want to waste our precious paper. Keep in mind that you'll want to make your mask large enough to cover your face. Some mirror measuring might be required. 


Once you're satisfied with your shape, fold in half and cut out. 




Use your template to cut your design from the cardstock. We didn't fold this time around because who wants a pesky crease down the middle of their mask? Not me, that's for sure.


We measured the eye-holes by holding the mask to our face and directing a sister about where to make a mark for our eyeball. It might be a bit more awkward if you're on your own, but still doable. After you cut the eye-holes, check your work with a sister or in the mirror. Catherine's fox needed a couple eye tweaks before she didn't look super-scary. Beware!


Add an appropriate nose, and then it's time for accents! You can go the realistic route, more idealized, cartoonish, or even geometric. It all depends on you.


Uh-oh, looks like we have a change in lighting. I think we stopped crafting in favor of dinnertime. I mean, you can't craft on an empty stomach.


Meanwhile, Monika was working on her bear...



And I was working on my black cat.


Voila: the finished products!





Just remember, sometimes masks reveal more than they conceal. What does your animal spirit mask say about you? 



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