Later this week I’m heading to Cornbury Park for Wilderness Festival. I was lucky enough to win the tickets through ‘Oh Comely‘ Magazine. Obviously there is the music to look forwards to, but we have a ‘Roller Girl’ make-up session booked in for Friday (pre roller disco), there is a Sailor theme complete with Tattly tattoo’s one day and on the Saturday night there is a Masquerade Ball -masks are compulsory.
I had a look about to buy a mask, but though about it and figured I could just as easily make my own. So that’s what I went about doing last week.
It was pretty simple and so I thought I’d take you through how to do it. Obviously decorating your mask is a very personal thing, and everything I used to fancy up mine I already had in the house – a lot of it came from Crafty Creatives boxes but you can use anything you like.
What you’ll need;
- Your face.
- Air Dry Fimo – I used white as thats what I had at home, but you can buy it in loads of colours.
- Paint – I used the acrylic paint that came in Box 10 of my Crafty Creatives Box but you can use any type of paint. You could use spray paint or if you like the colour of your Fimo – just leave it!
- PVA glue.
- Sequins – Again, a CC Box 10 find.
- Ribbon – for the ties round the back.
- Glitter Pens/Stick on diamantés/Pearls/Sequins/feathers – anything you like to embellish with really.
- A surface to cut on.
- A piece of paper & pencil.
- Craft knife (or a kitchen knife!)
- Rolling pin (or a flat bottle)
I then turned to Pinterest to try and figure out how to fill the rest of the space, without going over the top, and decided that a pattern might be the best way. The glitter pens came out and I drew on a simple swirling pattern. To add a little pop I stuck a diamanté to end of some of the swirls, and around the detailing at the top.
The time consuming part was the ‘brooch’ style beaded feathery piece. The bronze filigree came from my Crafty Creatives Box 11 (I know I’ve utilised these boxes a lot here) but you can get them online – there are quite a few from UK sellers on Etsy.
Instead of the black beads and felt that came in the kit I used some ‘peacock-y’ coloured beads in greens and turquoises and bronzes and a turquoise felt. I kept the pearl beads the same as the tutorial in the box. Once it was sewn, I got the glue gun out and sandwiched some peacock feathers between the felt backing and the beaded brooch. When it had cooled, I added some more hot glue to the felt and stuck it to the mask.