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Masquerade Costumes and Masks
Masquerade Ball Masks, Face Paint and Fancy Dress
Halloween, Mardi Gras and New Year masquerade balls and parties are the perfect occasions to wear a costume or a fancy mask. Many folks wear fancy dress and historic costume or a mask or face paint for holidays, sporting events or parades. Theme parties, masquerade costume balls, and historic re-enactment events offer plenty of opportunities to dress in costume or wear a mask.
Masquerade and costume parties are popular with adults, teens and children - even pets wear costumes these days.
When you're in costume, you can immerse yourself in history or a holiday. By wearing a mask or costumes or taking part in re-enactment events where you dress in character you take a step out of today and enter a new world. You can also wear elaborate costumes for cos-play, masquerade parties, conventions and parades.
Need a costume tonight? Check out our list of Last Minute Costume Ideas for adults, kids and couples.
I Love Masquerade and Fancy Dress
Exotic masquerade masks and costumes are so much fun!
Do you lust for scaring the willikers out of the neighbors, long to break out of your work-a-day conservative style, or perhaps secretly desire to become a mysterious exotic guest behind an elaborate mask? Or, you just want to express your artist/fairy/Goth/manga side once in a while with all-out CosPlay.
Carved Melon Helmet Mask
I call this masquerade photograph American Melon Head. I captured this photo of a man wearing a helmet carved from a watermelon at a rock festival in upstate New York (Mariaville).
This fellow wandered through the crowd all afternoon wearing the watermelon helmet with a flag draped over his shoulders.
Printable Masks You Can Make in Minutes
These are not your ordinary paper masks, but really cool and fancy instant printable masks for adults or kids. Print, cut and embellish these freebies to make your own fast costume.
Exotic Masquerade Masks
Fabulous Masks for Costume Balls
Venetian masks are elegant eye masks that often include ornate decorations made of satin, lace, feathers, velvet or jewels. Suitable for men or women, these fancy masks can be worn as eye masks or attached to a small handle to hold in front of the face without being constantly worn.
Elegant Venetian masks and lavish feathered eye masks are favorites at fancy dress costume balls, New Year's Eve parties, First Night and Mardi Gras celebrations.
Feather Masks are a Mardi Gras Favorite
Elegant hand made feather mask frames the face with long brown tail feathers and peacock feather trims. The eyes are outlined with sequins and subtle gold tinsel threads are woven into the side flashes. Each mask is made with real feathers, so expect some slight color variations.
Easy masquerade - print, cut out, wear instant masks
- Groovy Goggles Eye Masks Craft Sheets
Printable masquerade craft sheet star shaped wacky eyeglasses cut out mask from the collection at Clip Art and Crafts (CNC).
- Instant Masks
Printable Masks for Halloween, Mardi Gras, Masquerade, Carnivale - Instant Masks
- Guy Fawkes Paper Craft Mask
Mask to print, cut and assemble for Guy Fawkes Day.
- Mustache Collection - 8 different mustaches
Mustache masks printable craft sheet for halloween, rodeo makeup, masquerade, mardi gras or scrapbook fun.
- Princess Tiara Craft Sheet
Princess tiara crown, free paper craft hat for dress up on Halloween, fairy tea party, masquerade, mardi gras. Print on photo gloss paper for best results.
- Shrek the Third 3D masks (en espanol)
Shrek y sus amigos. Recrea tu parte favorita de la pelÃcula con estas mÃ¡scaras de Shrek the Third.
- Mardi Gras Masks for Kids
Kids Mardi Gras Mask Craft - easy, creative and uses recycled cardboard!
- The Spider - kit printable
Vintage printable kit in PDF format for The Spider, a dark avenger from 1930s pulp fiction!
- Dracula Mask, the Vampire in 3D
Dracula the Vampire 3D Halloween Mask in paper to cut out, shape to fit.
- THE STEEL JAW (a free paper mask)
Horrifyingly cool, this steel jaw free paper mask comes in 3 different toothy versions.
Last Minute Costumes for Adults and Children - Need a costume tonight? No problem!
When you suddenly discover you or one of your kids needs a masquerade costume within a few hours and you have no time or money to shop, you can pull off a creative masterpiece and possibly even devise an award winning costume. Here are dozens of ideas and instructions for making last minute costumes.
- 8 Killer DIY Last Minute Costumes
- Quick and easy costumes for anyone to create at the last minute
- Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Men and Women
Photo:Brett Holt, Flickr.com (resqbrett)
Kiddie Face Paint - Pink Easter Bunny, Mermaid Eyes, Animal Face
The King and his alternate album - copy the cover image to make a celebrity mask of Elvis Presley.
Make a Recycled Album Cover Mask - Give New Meaning to the Phrase #1 Fan
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock Album - cut out the face portion of an old 33 RPM album case.
You can make a fast and fabulous stick mask (or is it a fan?) from old record album slip cases. If you've got a collection of vinyl 33rpm records sitting in the garage waiting for the tag sale, drag them out and make the slip cases into fan masks.
All you need to make this recycle craft mask is an album cover with a large portrait of your favorite musical artist, a bit of glue or duct tape, and a wooden paint-stirring stick or ruler.
You can find more detailed #1 Music Fan Mask Craft Instructions here.
Mask Making Pro Tips and Designs
22 different knock-your-socks-off mask designs with plenty of photos and instructions. A professional style manual for educators, creative mask makers and theatrical students with more than 700 illustrations, 190 pages.
Very Cool DIY Costumes & Masks - Hand Made Masks You Can Create
Get creative with these mask projects. Some are for kids, others are for the young at heart.
- Cool & Interesting Halloween costumes
Unique costume ideas, made from scratch ...
- CostumeCritic! Share Costumes! Compare Costumes! Rate Costumes!
CostumeCritic.com - Share Costumes! Compare Costumes! Rate Costumes! Tell Costume Stories!
- Homemade Halloween Costumes - easy and cheap!
Nothing beats homemade - lots of ideas and tips for making costumes from household stuff, plus suggestions for chair costumes.
- Valentine's Day Paper Plate Sweetheart Mouse Mask - Creative Mask Making for Kids
Project by Molly J. Anderson-Childers - How to make a paper plate sweetheart mouse mask for Valentine's Day.
- Make a Kids Pirate Vest & Eyepatch, Child's Pirate Costume to Make, Pirate Activities
Easy pirate costume, pirate vest and eyepatch, to make. Paper Pirate hat to make.
- Tinfoil Masks
A collection of imaginative marker techniques decorates this mask shaped from layers of aluminum foil.
- Funny Knit Patterns
Wild and wacky hats, beards, and other costumey things to make with needles and yarn - yes, knit costumery and funky stuff. Viking hat with horns, red bears, crochet white beard, pink pig snout, monster hats (with TEETH), shark head cover - arrrgggh.
- Twig and Toadstool: Mardi Gras Masks!
Really fun and fancy felt masks embellished with sequins, feathers and flower petals - designed for kids, but I want to make one for myself.
Mask or Face Paint?
What's your masquerade style - face paint or face mask?
Do you prefer to wear a mask or to paint your face with costume makeup?
How to Make a Mardi Gras Papier Mache Mask
© 2007 Lee Hansen