Bright Eyes!

This weeks crafternoon Teatime is a little bit wet and colourful. We are making party masks that will brighten up the dreariest of winter days!

Els has a rather large obsession with mixing water into ten million different tupperware containers and adding coloured paper, rocks, sticks, play dough and hair clips to the mix.  You name it Els has water mixed it! I thought it would be silly not to channel this interest into a craft activity and stretch her water mess abilities to the nth degree. 

lets get messy and create some amazing water coloured masks shall we :-)

Lessons learnt:

Not all tissue paper bleeds well. Choose darker shades of the cheap $2 shop variety or you can buy special colour run tissue paper from craft shops or online. In experiment, the pink and blues worked best.

Wear gloves! I overlooked this and ended up with blue hands for two days.

Ready:

you will need-

  • Coloured tissue paper
  • water
  • paint brush or sponge 
  • white card board (I used a nappy box free from Aldi) 
  • paddle pop sticks
  • coloured pom poms 
  • feathers
  • washi tape
  • glue
  • scissors
  • gloves 
  • art smock or old shirt


Set:

  • Depending on the age of your little one, you may wish to pre cut the mask shape before starting your session. 
  • Glove up!
  • Smock up!

Go:

Cut a mask shape from your white cardboard. 

Push out two eye holes using scissors and then a thick paint brush or marker pen. 

Using a paint brush spread water evenly over the cardboard.

Rip or cut small pieces of tissue paper and stick them down in a collage onto the cardboard. Coat again with water pressing down on each piece

Leave to set for 20 minutes. This is where the transfer magic happens! 

To enhance the effectiveness of the transfer, use a hairdryer to remove all water from the mask. The tissue paper should peel off while blow drying. If the cardboard separates, simply glue the two pieces back together. 

Tape a popsicle stick to the back of your mask using washi tape. Then tape the back of the mask to cover any branding left on the cardboard.

Tape some feathers to the back and glue some pom poms on the front to create a fabulous feathered party mask!

Play:

Els and I are getting our finnest dress ups on and heading off to a mask party. You could also take them outside to be happy birds or magical creatures. How will you play with yours? 

Happy Crafternoon Teatime xox