This past Tuesday was the grand conclusion of Mardi Gras, or Carnival. With roots tracing back to pagan celebrations of spring, today the festivities are a last hurrah before the Christian season of Lent. Some of the biggest festivals occur yearly in Rio de Janeiro, Venice, and New Orleans. Parades and other Mardi Gras activities were cancelled this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t (double) mask up and enjoy a colorful handmade Carnival mask!

What You’ll Need:
Paper plate (or cardstock)
Markers
Scissors
String, ribbon, or pipe cleaners
Other items to decorate like beads, sequins, construction paper, feathers

Step 1:
Begin with the outline of your mask on the plate or cardstock. You can simply use a semicircle, or design your own edge pattern. A friend, a pair of glasses, or perhaps a marker for measurement can help you get a sense of where to place the eye openings. 

Step 2:
Color in your mask as you like it. I waited to cut it out, but you’ll probably want to do so before adding extra decorative items. 

Step 3:
Find something to celebrate, and wear or display your mask!

For other great Mardi Gras projects, check out Artsy Craftsy Mom’s list.