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How to make a bird of paradise mask

 


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HOW TO MAKE A BIRD OF PARADISE MASK

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Our lovely Project Crafter from Manchester called Lara has been running these Bird of Paradise workshops in-store and they’ve been going down a treat, so we wanted to share her make on our blog, because it’s a real beaut.

 

As we all know, kids love a mask, it’s a universal thing all small people enjoy so this is the perfect Summer Holiday activity for those rainy days when they’re bored and driving you up the wall.

Before you get started, you’ll need the following, but visit our arts & crafts area of the site here for more ideas.

Spectrascope card

Some of Paperchase’s lovely patterned paper

Glue

Scissors

Ruler

Glitter

Washi tapes

Pencil

String

Hole punch

Step One

First choose what Bird you would like to create –  you could choose a flamingo, parrot, toucan or a mythical fantasy bird! Gather all your materials together.

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Step Two

Draw and cut a rectangle out of the card you want for the base of your mask- I did mine 17cmX10cm just make sure the rectangle comfortably fits your face.

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Step Three

Cut a slit up the middle of one of the long edges measuring 4 centimetres, this is where we are going to attach the beak.

Step Four

Next you need to draw on where you want the eyes (I found washi tapes a handy size for drawing circles!)

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Step Five

Next cut a diamond shape, mine measures 4.5cm X 5.5cm but you could change the size- get creative- how about a toucan beak?

 

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Step Six

Fold the beak shape in half and fold back the slit on either side, like shown in photo

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Step Seven

Next, we want to stick the beak on, do this by putting glue of the slit folds, your beak should look like the photo from the back

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Step 8

You can now start to decorate, firstly I added the layer of blue then cut little ear shapes into the top – but its entirely up to you how you decorate! Remember these are Bird of Paradise masks so the more colourful the better!

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Step 9

Washi tape can be a great way to add colour or pattern

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Step 10

Now for the feathers! First cut a selection- think about different sizes and complementing colours perhaps you could fringe a few of them to make them feathery!

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Step Eleven

Arrange them on your mask before sticking anything down! Once happy, get sticking

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Step Twelve

Next, have a think about final decorations! A great way to use those little scraps of paper you have left over- I did a circle and tringle above the beak and mini feathers by the eyes

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Step Thirteen

Next, have a think about final decorations! A great way to use those little scraps of paper you have left over- I did a circle and tringle above the beak and mini feathers by the eyes

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Step Fourteen

Now for glitter! Everyone loves a bit of glitter and it makes these masks look even more magical!

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Step Fifteen 

Finally, hole punch either side to tie your string in and you’re done!

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SOURCE: Paperchase

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