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How to Recycle a Cereal Box into a Mask

I bought three of these wonderful Day of the Dead masks from Diane at our local farmers market. I try to buy something from her every time I go to the market. I love these! Anyway, I showed them to Ema and Adia and they immediately wanted to make their own. So they just used hers as a model and figured out how to make them. We used a cereal box and some sticks we had lying around. Try these — they’re really easy and fun to make.

how to make a mask from a cereal box

lady selling masks she made at the farmers market

My friend, Jaime, and I bought these masks from Diane at the Helena Farmers Market last weekend. Here are Jaime and Diane posing with them. Ema and Adia wanted to make their own masks so we got out markers, scissors, clear packing tape, some driftwood sticks and a cereal box and they dived right in to making them without any instruction from me. They basically just copied Diane’s technique.

Here’s how:

  1. Cut open the cereal box. one box will make two masks
  2. Cut a skull shape out of one side of the cereal box (you can use this template by saving the image and printing it out if you want to)
  3. On the inside of the box, draw a skull face. Make it cool. Make it funny or cute. Whatever you like. The nose looks like a skull nose if you draw an upside down heart. Make the eyes big! Decorate the face with interesting features.
  4. Flip it over and use packing tape to add a handle. The handle will also help stabilize the thin cardboard. We didn’t have tongue depressors, so we just used some sticks we had lying around from our summer projects. Diane uses tongue depressors.
  5. Adia wanted to be able to stick her tongue out of the mask, so we cut a small hole in the mouth. We also cut a very tiny hole so she could see out when she’s holding the mask to her face.
  6. Now go out and have fun with your masks.

how to make a mask from a cereal box

how to make a mask from a cereal box

how to make a mask from a cereal box

Tim came home just in time to take some photos of us wearing our masks. Cool, eh?

kids can make these masks from cereal boxes

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