How to Make a Cardboard Masquerade Mask

    by Mary Beth Lentner

    About the Author

    Mary Beth Lentner has more than 10 years of writing and editing experience. Lentner's publications include dozens of articles for Record Publishing Company newspapers and magazines, as well as curriculum for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Lentner holds a Master of Arts in teaching and Bachelor of Arts in English from Kent State University.


    With an invitation to a masquerade party comes the need for a decorative mask for the event. If you would rather create your own distinctive mask than buy a mass-produced version from the store, you have many creative options for making a one-of-a-kind mask. A few feathers and dabs of colorful paint will enable you to design just the mask needed for your costume ensemble.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 Sheet of copy paper
    • Pencil
    • Paper scissors
    • Heavy cardboard
    • Brightly colored felt of other heavyweight fabric
    • Craft glue
    • Fabric scissors
    • Feathers
    • 12-inch dowel rod
    • Mask embellishments (such as glitter, beads, rhinestones, trim, ribbon and faux jewels)
    • Poster paint
    • Paint brush

    show more

    Draw your desired mask shape on a sheet of copy paper. Do not forget to draw eye holes and a groove for the bridge of your nose. Cut out the mask shape and eye holes. Hold the paper mask to your face to test the fit -- you may need to repeat this process until you have a mask with a shape and fit you like. Trace the final mask shape and eye holes onto a piece of heavy cardboard and cut out the cardboard mask.

    Trace the cardboard mask onto a piece of brightly colored felt or other heavyweight fabric of your choice. Cut out the mask and eye holes from the fabric, ensuring that the fabric mask is the exact same shape and size as the cardboard mask.

    Glue the feather stems to the top front edges and bottom edges of your cardboard mask to make the feather plumes stick up and branch out from the mask. Mix and match feather colors that coordinate with the colors of your costume or outfit.

    Glue the top 2 inches of the 12-inch dowel rod to the front, bottom-right corner of the cardboard mask. The dowel rod will be the handle for the mask.

    Glue the fabric mask onto the decorated cardboard mask to conceal the feather stems and the top of the dowel rod. Smooth the fabric neatly before the glue dries. Glue trim or ribbon around the fabric edges of the entire mask and eye holes to conceal seams and to add extra stability to the mask.

    Glue faux jewels, rhinestones, glitter, beads, trim and other trinkets to the fabric mask to embellish and decorate the mask. Allow 24 hours for the mask to dry before wearing it.

    • Most dowel rods are natural wood. If the wood does not match your costume, paint the dowel rod with poster paint in a coordinating color.
    • If young children will be wearing this mask, omit the dowel rod and attach ribbons to each side of the mask to enable the child to wear the mask safely.