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Masks To Print-Out And Color

Updated on September 8, 2014

Masks As Easy As Print, Color & Cut!

Paper mask-making is so easy, it's suitable for little kids but interesting enough for tweens. Supplies are simple: crayons, scissors and some string or ribbon are about all you need. If you have glitter and glue, you can get really fancy fast. Masks are fun for a bored child to make, but if you really want to ramp things up, try it as an activity the next time you have a birthday party or sleep-over!

Here you'll find great tips and tricks for making paper masks stronger and more durable (so you can play with them longer) and for making the fit better (which really does increase the fun). Plus lots of free masks and mask designs that are ready to be printed out and colored in! There are animal faces, favorite characters, holiday designs and more.

Enough Colors for just about any Mask Maker

Crayola 150-Count Telescoping Crayon Tower, Storage Case, Sharpener, (52-0029)
Crayola 150-Count Telescoping Crayon Tower, Storage Case, Sharpener, (52-0029)

I was one of those kids who always went for as big a set of crayons as I was allowed. You can never have too many colors!

 

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Color-N-Fold Paper Animal Masks

Roylco Wild Animal Mask, Pack of 30
Roylco Wild Animal Mask, Pack of 30

Color and then fold to create these very clever jungle animal masks. A great activity for any kids group.

 

Make A Stronger Mask

Printing on card stock makes a much stronger mask. You can also print on regular paper and then glue that to a piece of cardboard or card stock.

3D Paper Masks, Ready-To-Color!

Roylco R52076 Easy-To-Decorate Folding Fun Mask, 8-1/4" x 10-1/2" Size, 0.5" Height, 8.25" Width, 10.5" Length (Pack of 40)
Roylco R52076 Easy-To-Decorate Folding Fun Mask, 8-1/4" x 10-1/2" Size, 0.5" Height, 8.25" Width, 10.5" Length (Pack of 40)

These great masks come flat and blank, ready to be colored on. Once you are done decorating, they glue or tape together to be 3D faces.

 

Mask Add-Ons

To make your masks super-special, add more details and decorations with

buttons * glitter

yarn * pipe cleaners

feathers * beads

Blank Superhero Masks

Color-Your-Own Superhero Masks (12 Pack)
Color-Your-Own Superhero Masks (12 Pack)

Lots of kids love superheros and don't like masks that cover the entire face, so you get a double win with these. A pack of these and you are ready to throw the birthday party of the year!

 

Wearing Masks

String works for fastening masks, but ribbon looks better and offers more comfort and security. Leave at least a 1/4" thickness of mask material between the edge of the mask and any holes or slots cut for ties. Or you can take a thin stick and glue it to one edge of your mask to make one that you hold up in front of your face.

Make sure you have scissors for kids

Fiskars Pre-School Spring Action Scissors, Color Received May Vary (93907097)
Fiskars Pre-School Spring Action Scissors, Color Received May Vary (93907097)

For left or right handed beginners, these scissors cut paper, but not skin or fabric. Over-sized handles allow children to grasp the scissors with the whole hand. Enclosed blades add safety.

 

How Did Your Mask Project Work Out?

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    • mrducksmrnot profile image

      mrducksmrnot 4 years ago

      Did this a lot when my children were young. It's a great idea for preschoolers and kindergarten kids also.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      is there a way to print a mask using a photo of someones face?

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      Rae Schwarz 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      @anonymous: If you had a high-resolution photo, you could print it out on card stock and then cut out the eyes to make a mask. What makes this work well or not is how well the eyes in the picture line up with the eyes of the person wearing the mask.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      What a fun lens!

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      four SusieQ 4 years ago

      Great information and links in your lens! I didn't make a mask, but I sent a link someone who does school enrichment programs that involve

      World music and culture. I know these mask ideas will give them lots of inspiration and new material.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      My classes love making masks. We laminate the good ones and they last a very long time. I love all the resources you have here. I'm bookmarking to save myself some serious hunting time later!

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