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Step 1: Gather the Supplies

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • hot glue and gun
  • fabric scraps
  • twine
  • pencil

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Step 2: Get Creative

The fun part about this project is that your children can get as creative as they like. There isn’t a template, so it gives them creative freedom to create a cat or owl the way they see it. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the size of your child’s face, mark where the eye holes will need to be made. (I used an empty cereal box).

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Step 3: Cut out the Design

Cut out the mask shape and use your craft knife to cut out the eye holes — you can layer the cardboard to make the mask more three-dimensional.

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Step 4: Choose the Fabrics

Decide what fabrics you want to use for the animal’s fur. I used a combination of plain recycled fleece and other patterned fabric remnants. Then start to add it piece by piece to the mask cut out.

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Step 5: Glue it Together

Use hot glue to secure the fabric to the cardboard mask. I mixed up my fabrics to give the masks texture and interest. Your child can decide which fabrics look best together and go with it.

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Step 6: Add Details

If you would like, you can use found items such as feathers as added details. Simply hot glue them and add them to the mask.

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Step 7: Add a Tie

Cut a piece of fabric or twine to fit around your child’s head, glue the ends to the back of the mask, leaving enough length to tie the mask around your child’s head.

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Step 8: Put it Together

Add your “new” recycled animal mask to a coordinating outfit and your child will be the cutest owl or cat on the block!