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Making Your Own Masquerade Mask for Halloween

Updated on September 16, 2014
Bejeweled Masquerade Mask
Bejeweled Masquerade Mask

Making Your Own Mask for a Halloween Masquerade Party

Masks of some sort can be found all over the world. Some have a cultural significance while others are used for pure decoration. I've always been fascinated with masquerade masks since I visited Venice many years ago. I remember going into a store and seeing all these gorgeously decorated masks and wondering what they were used for.

Earlier last week I went to the hobby store and found a plain white mask on sale. I immediately thought of all the beads I have lying around in a box at home and thought how cool it might be to make my own jeweled masquerade mask for Halloween this year.

This is such a fun and easy project to do I don't know why I didn't do it last year. All it takes are a few materials, a dusting of creativity and a sense of fun!

*All photos taken by myself

Before We Start...

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The Materials You'll Need

Necessary materials for your masquerade mask
Necessary materials for your masquerade mask

Let's Get Started!

Doing this project only took me about 3 hours although you do have to let it dry for at least 4. So, are you ready to create your one-of-a-kind piece of art? Let's make sure you have the right materials first. The mask should be lightweight with holes in them for strings. Some already come with strings attached.

Come up with a color theme and choose your beads. Get yourself a small container of paint in your desired color. Make sure you get the strong glue that is appropriate for the materials you are using.

Start With A Blank Canvas

White Venetian Mardi Gras Masquerade Mask - Fathers Day Gifts for Dad
White Venetian Mardi Gras Masquerade Mask - Fathers Day Gifts for Dad

Start with a blank canvas such as this white mask.

 

Materials

Materials :

1. Pre-made mask

2. Assorted beads

3. Paint

4. Glue

5. Paintbrush

I would make sure to have everything all set and ready to go. Put the beads in a container and lay down some paper towels or newspapers to protect surfaces from the paint and glue.

If you have pets in the house, make sure you don't accidentally drop those tiny beads on the floor like I did. Fortunately, my dog hates the taste of beads and immediately spit it out.

Beads come in a wide range of colors.
Beads come in a wide range of colors. | Source

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Choosing Your Beads

Beads in a variety of shades
Beads in a variety of shades | Source

You can choose from a wide range of beads in a variety of colors. The selection available is incredible and the process of looking for those perfect beads can be a lot of fun.

For my mask today, I decided to use a combination of Czech fire polish glass beads, freshwater faux pearls and some gold spherical beads. I also like to use a variety of sizes and shapes for added texture and variety.

Painting the Mask

painted mask
painted mask

Start Painting

The first thing you need to do is to paint your mask. You can paint the mask in any color of your choosing. I decided on using an acrylic gold paint to complement my choice of beads, which were in various shades of blues, fresh water faux pearls and some gold spheres.

I gave my mask three coats of paint for extra luster. Make sure the paint is completely dry before going on to the next step.

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Decorate with Choice of Beads

We're halfway there.
We're halfway there.

Once your paint is dry, carefully decorate the mask with your beads. This is where creativity comes in so don't hold back! You can make it simple and sophisticated or as extravagant as you want!

Make sure to apply the glue a little at a time as it dries pretty quickly. I like to use a tweezer to place my beads in place as it makes for less sticky fingers. I promise you this is the fun part.

Use The Right Glue

Make sure you use the right glue or adhesive. Some glues are made to be used with paper and others for plastic. Make sure you're getting the right one for your materials. Also some glues turn yellow when dry so make sure yours dries clear.

The Finishing Touch

Bejeweled Masquerade Mask
Bejeweled Masquerade Mask

Once the beads are in place, let the glue dry making sure there are no loose beads. If you're satisfied with how it looks, that's it. You are finished!

Of course if you want, you can take it further and add even more drama with a feather or two. You could probably add more beads, but be careful not to add too much as your mask might become too heavy for comfort.

No matter what your style, remember to have fun with it. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      ecogranny, I must admit that this mask is already pretty with that amount of beads so in order to use it, I had to keep the string tight around my head. Next time I think I'll try to balance the beads more by putting equal amount of beads on both sides of the mask.

      I know I should have used a glue gun, but since I didn't have one, I used super strong crafting glue instead.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      CherylsArt, thank you. It really was so much fun making this.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      MelanieKaren, thanks so much for the kind words.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks so much OhMe. It really was fun.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Your mask is lovely. I can't help wondering how heavy it is! But what fun to wear with the right costume and a flowing golden cape. At least, that's where my mind goes.

      I may have missed it, but do you use a hot glue gun to affix the beads?

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I love making anything with colors. Your mask looks very nice. It looks like a fun project.

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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You did a great job with your mask!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the great instructions.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Thanks Vinn! Coming from an artist like you, that's a big deal.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      A simple and very elegant mask that doesn't look gaudy! Yay!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Your tutorial ought to be a big help to parents wanting to find crafts for themselves and their kids.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thank you Minoru

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      So creative and beautifully made.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: thanks so much Vspa. Really appreciate your comments.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      A wonderful idea, and so very beautiful!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Stephanie36: Thanks Stephanie. I think so too. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lydia Ham: thanks so much schmydia. I used to make bead jewelry for business so I had a lot in my box just sitting there.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoSelou: I guess you could make your own canvas although I have no idea how to go about doing that.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      These look fantastic! They'd be a great costume.

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      Lydia Ham 3 years ago

      Wow, I may use these ideas! I love the beadwork on your mask!

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      RoSelou 3 years ago

      I've been looking for ways to make this kind of mask. Thanks for this lens! But I would like to ask if I can make my own blank canvas?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thank you so much!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      You did a great job on the mask.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @aesta1: Thank you for visiting and commenting! Hope you're having an awesome day!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea. I love masks.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea. I love masks.