Kids love playing dress-up and make believe whether it's Halloween or not -- so making masks that can both be used now and long past the upcoming holiday is a win-win! We've rounded-up 9 DIY masks that are easy to make and will offer a fun opportunity to do crafts as a family. You can fashion all of these masks with recycled materials - and they are so cute, that they can stand alone. Simply add coordinating clothing to match and your child has a costume!
#1: Recycled Lion Mask
If you are looking for a fun mask to make with the kiddos with a template provided, this is the mask for you. This mask isn’t only a ton of fun to make, but super cute to wear! Pair it with simple neutral clothing and head out on Halloween to stalk the night.
#2: Cardboard Box Mask
You most definitely have a box or two headed to the recycling bin. Re-route the boxes to your craft area and grab a few simple supplies from your craft closet and get to work. These cardboard box masks allow for a lot of creativity and when your child is finished, he is left with a mask that will turn heads all Halloween night.
#3: Pillowcase Mask
If you love to sew or have a budding seamstress on your hands, the recycled pillowcase mask is perfect for you. These are all from the amazing book Sew La Tea Do and can be sewn into a several different quirky animals. Adorable.
#4: Woodland Creatures Mask
What child doesn’t want to dress up as a woodland creature for Halloween? These adorable masks are just too fun to resist. You can whip up several of these in an afternoon – all of the supplies can either be found in your craft closet or sourced from the recycling bin.
#5: Recycled Carnavale Mask
These masks may be my favorite of the bunch – colorful, quirky, large and full of life. I love that these carnavale masks can be made completely of recycled materials and your child’s creativity can run wild. The more extreme the better!
#6: Plastic Milk Jug Mask
A plastic milk jug may just be one of the most perfect materials for making a mask. They are super sturdy and can stand up to a lot of wear and tear – and anyone with children knows that this is essential when it comes to a Halloween costume. Again, your child can customize these masks til their heart’s content – just add a little non-toxic paint and embellishments and have a blast!
#7: Cupcake Liner Mask
If you are like me, you have a cupboard full of mismatched cupcake liners from birthday parties past. Use those leftovers to make one of these fun masks – an owl or a pussy cat, either way you can’t go wrong. I love how these over-sized masks look with a tiny child’s face peeking from behind – your child will receive compliments all evening long.
#8: Mustache Mask
The mustache mask is always a fun and cheeky mask to make with your children. They will giggle over and over again as they put the mustache mask into place. You can use any combination of recycled materials, leftover fabric scraps or paper to make a mustache and you can add this mask to any costume for an added pop of humor.
#9: Fun Frog Mask
Children love frogs and this frog mask is no different! The best part is its curly tongue that is ready to catch that pesky fly. This mask could be made using all recycled materials – then, dress your kid in green and you have an instant frog costume. Ribbit!