Easy Mardi Gras Mask

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close up of yellow glasses mask decorated with green and purple puffy paint and sequins and purple and green feathers on wood table

We’ve lived in the South where Mardi Gras is a big deal.  If you haven’t lived in the South, you may not realize that Mardi Gras is celebrated in cities all across the South, not just in New Orleans.  I’m certainly no expert on Mardi Gras traditions, but I do know that there is so much more to it than what you’ve seen of the New Orleans Mardi Gras.  In honor of our fond memories of Mardi Gras, here’s an easy Mardi Gras mask that anyone can make in 20 minutes.

I had a great time making this Mardi Gras mask with my daughter.  It’s a fun craft project you can do with kiddos of all ages.  True Mardi Gras masks cover more of the face, but this version is close enough to be fun.

The only three things you need to know to make your own Mardi Gras mask is to make it classy,  to remember that flashier is better and traditional Mardi Gras colors are green, purple and gold.

Supplies

Wood mask or glasses (thanks to Michaels for supplying mine)

Craft paint (I used fabric paint that was supplied by Tulip)

Rhinestones (mine were adhesive)

Feathers

Hot glue gun

pile of green feathers, pile of purple feathers, 3 bottles of craft paint, sheets of sequins and wood glasses mask on stick
hand holding purple feather with blue glue gun near stem and yellow glasses mask in the background

We painted the wood surface with craft paint and let it dry about 5 minutes.  We chose yellow for the gold color.

yellow glasses mask on stick with sequins and purple and green feathers attached, other purple and green feathers scattered on the table

We started by hot gluing a few purple and green feathers onto the mask and adding a couple of adhesive rhinestones.

close up of yellow glasses mask decorated with green and purple puffy paint and sequins and purple and green feathers on wood table

While we liked our subtle Mardi Gras mask, we remembered that more is more and added some more embellishment with puffy paint.

yellow glasses mask on stick with seqins and purple and green feathers held up in front of dog's face

Even our puppy was interested in celebrating Mardi Gras.

close up of yellow glasses mask decorated with green and purple puffy paint and sequins and purple and green feathers on wood table

Really and truly, it only took less than 20 minutes to make this super easy Mardi Gras mask.  Have you ever been to Mardi Gras?  

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12 Comments

  1. We’ve never been to a Mardi Gras parade anywhere, but it’s on our bucket list. I love the colors so this year I decided to make a wreath to brighten up the front door. Then I filled a big clear vase with beads to add a bright spot in the foyer.
    Your mask turned out great. Maybe next year I’ll do that with my grandkids.

  2. I went to New Orleans a few years ago for a Girls’ Weekend and brought my daughters back a couple of masks. Yours looks much sturdier! It’s probably less expensive too. Plus, you have the added benefit of quality time with your kids while you make them. Definitely making these this year!

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  4. I live in Charleston and Mardi Gras is definitely celebrated here, too. Your mask is great and your dog looks adorable! I found you through Social Media Weekly Party. Following along on Twitter and Facebook now.

    1. Hey, Beverly, so nice to meet you! Enjoy Mardi Gras for me this year, since I’m living in the West and they don’t celebrate it here.

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