Quick and Easy Animal Masks

I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be part of Eighteen25‘s creative team. I just love the Eighteen25 girls, and I am so excited to be able to share one project every month over on their blog.

This month, I shared these quick and easy animal masks, and I wanted to make sure I posted it here too.

My kids love to dress up and use their imaginations, so I made them these masks for them, and they LOVE running around pretending to be different animals. These would also be perfect if you need a simple, last minute costume. They literally take about 10 minutes to make, and they are so simple, your kids could even help make them!

I’ve seen similar masks sewn out of felt, but my version is even more simplified, they are sturdy, and you aren’t going to need to sew a single stitch!

You are going to need:

Foam sheets- mine came from Walmart for around $5
Thin Elastic- also from Walmart, about $1
Hot Glue
Scissors
Mask Templates (download mine here)

 Start by downloading my mask templates {here}. 

Cut out the paper template and trace it onto your foam sheet with a pen. Then cut out your foam mask.

 You should probably do this with the paper template before you cut the foam, but make sure your mask fits your child’s face. I made them for my 3 and 6 year old, and they worked great. But you might have to adjust the eye holes to fit your child.

 The template also includes all of the embellishment pieces you’ll need, or you can create your own embellishments. Cut them out and hot glue them onto your mask. 

 Then, using a pen, poke a hole in each side of the mask, but stay about half an inch away from the edge so it won’t rip through the edge.

Thread your elastic through the hole and tie it. You’ll need to measure the elastic on your child’s head before you cut it. I cut my elastic about 10 to 12 inches for my children.

 Try it on, and make sure you’ve got a good fit.

 And you’re done!

If your animal needs some freckles (like my bear, dog, and lion), or you want to add spots or stripes, use a regular black sharpie. 

These were seriously so addicting to make! I loved doing them with my kids. And they are quick and easy (and cheap) to make.

 My kids were THRILLED each time we’d finish up an animal mask. They’ve provided hours and hours of fun already.

Our favorites are the owl…

 and the lion.

 

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