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Make a (different kind of) mask for Easter.

Magical Papier Mache Masks

You will need:

5-6 sheets of plain white copy paper

2 cups hot water

White glue (such as Elmer’s)

Plasticine (or modeling) clay

Discarded 2 lb jug or other rounded container

Acrylic craft paint

Modge Podge or other sealer

Ribbon for tying

  1. Tear paper into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Pour hot water over the top and let sit until water is cooled. Place mixture into a blender or food processor and liquefy into a slurry.

  2. Use a cheese cloth (or your hands) to squeeze water from pulp. Put back into mixing bowl and add a few tablespoons of white glue to mixture until slightly sticky but holds its shape. Set aside in a plastic storage bag.

  3. Lay jug on its side. Form plasticine clay (as it stays pliable and can be used to create many molds) and create a mask mold. Don’t forget to cut out eyes and leave room for your nose. Be creative. Add ears for a rabbit or fox mask or a beak if it’s a bird mask.

  4. Lay the clay of on the curve of the jug. Now take piece of your Papier Mache pulp and press it onto your mold. When you are done, let dry for up to 48 hours. When dry, this is the time to add feathers, fur, flowers or other pieces that will give your mask dimension. (If you do not want to add dimension to your mask move on to step five.) Take pieces of Papier Mache and form them as best you can into leaves, flowers, feathers etc. and press onto your mask. Allow to dry up to 24 hours.  

  5. Gently peel mask from clay mold. Use acrylic craft paint to decorate your mask. Have fun and be creative. When paint is dry, add a layer of sealer.

  6. Hot glue ribbons onto inside corners of mask.

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