• Kerrie Lee

Quick DIY Masquerade Mask

Two days before my sons’ Winter Formal, they asked me to make them a one-of-kind masquerade mask. Without a lot of time to build a mask from scratch, I decided to add air dry clay details to a pre-made paper mask.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Creative Paperclay

  2. paper mask (I bought this Creatology White Paper Half Mask at Michaels)

  3. clay tools

  4. 100 grit sandpaper

  5. paint brushes

  6. gesso

  7. acrylic paint and varnish

  8. elastic cord or ribbon


  1. Roll out thin snakes of clay and attach to the mask with little dabs of water.

  2. Blend the edges of the clay with your finger or a clay shaping tool.

  3. Add small details in clay with water and the blending technique.

  4. Allow to dry completely.

  5. Sand any imperfections as needed.

  6. Coat with a thin layer of gesso. Gesso will give you a nice even surface for painting. Allow the gesso to dry completely.

  7. Paint base coat and details. Allow to dry completely.

  8. Coat with a thin layer of high gloss varnish and allow to dry completely.

  9. Add elastic cord or ribbon.

You can also add feathers or gems as desired, but for my quick gentleman’s mask, I opted to leave off the embellishments.

Have you had to make a last minute masquerade mask too? Share your frustrations in the comments below!

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