Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is Feb. 12. With the following day being Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent it’s the last day to eat, drink and be merry until Easter. Since I’m going to several Mardi Gras parties, I’ve been making different types of masks. I’ve made one out of felt, including felt feathers. However, since I’ve been asked for ideas for masks to make at the last minute, here are some ideas to consider:
• Pick up cheap eye (bandit) masks at the Dollar Store, along with ribbons, feathers, jewels and start gluing. Keep in mind the traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.
• Draw on a bandit style mask with make up.
• Foil Mask: It’s best to use the heavy foil and fold it several times, but if all you have on hand is aluminum foil, that’ll work. Be sure to use about 8-10 sheets to get the thickness you need. I tried it with four and found it wasn’t as thick as I wanted it.
Decide whether you want a full-face mask or just a partial one. Press the foil over your face and shape it. Carefully cut out the eyeholes so you can see what you’re doing, as it’s easier to “tape” the mask while it’s on your face. Cutting small pieces of masking tape (you can use Duct Tape) cover the mask front and back. Before you start to tape, punch holes in the side so you can slip a ribbon threw it.
Once you’ve taped it, you can either put a layer of paper mache on it or just start painting and decorating. Good instructions, with pictures, are available at How to Make a Mask out of Tin Foil and Tape http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Mask-out-of-Tin-Foil-and-Tape
Other suggestions for Mardi Gras• Make a King Cake