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How to create the best whimsical Mardi Gras mask

Mardi Gras Mask

Masks have long been associated with Mardi Gras celebrations.  Originally, masks were a way to conceal one’s identity in order to transcend class constraints and allow revelers to mingle with anyone and everyone. You can celebrate Mardi Gras with your own special mask!

Make this fun and whimsical Mardi Gras mask with the step by step tutorial from Bowdabra designer Carole Lassak.

Supplies for the Mardi Gras Mask

  • Bowdabra Bow Making Tool
  • 18″ length of Bowdabra bow wire
  • Three 8″ lengths of 6″ purple tulle
  • 18″ length of 3/8″ purple ribbon
  • 18″ length of 1/4″ green ribbon
  • 20″ length of 2″ gold ribbon
  • 54″ length of 1½” patterned grosgrain ribbon in Mardi Gras colors (purple, green, gold)
  • 9″ to 12″ 1/8″ dowel rod
  • 1 mask
  • Assorted beads and baubles
  • Classic Gold LiquidLeaf by Plaid Enterprises
  • Hot glue and glue gun

Instructions for Making the Mardi Gras Mask

Begin by painting the mask and the dowel handle with the Gold LiquidLeaf.

Preparing to Paint Mask Painted Mask

Next, decorate the mask with any beads or baubles that you desire. I used hot glue to adhere my baubles to the mask. Leave room on one side of the mask for the scrumptious bow that you’ll create.Decorating Mask

Now, using the Bowdabra Bow Making Tool, let’s make the focal point bow.Ribbons for Mardi Gras Bow

Lay the bow wire in the Bowdabra.3-wire-in-bowdabra

Start layering the bow elements beginning with the tulle. Scrunch it into the Bowdabra with the 8″ side parallel to your work surface. Next, add the 20″ gold ribbon followed by the 18″ purple and green ribbons. Use the patterned grosgrain ribbon to make a fold-and-twist bow with three loops on each side.  Begin and end the grosgrain bow with 8″ to 9″ tails. Tighten and tie the bow wire to secure the ribbons.

I like to coil the ends of the bow wire around a skewer to add a design element to the bow.

Coiling Bead Wire Close Up of Bow Coils

Attach this spectacular bow to one side of the mask using hot glue. Glue the dowel handle on the back of the mask behind the bow.

Bow Attached to Mask Glueing Handle in Place

Now you’re ready to celebrate Mardi Gras  with your special mask, or use it as a home decor piece.Finished Mardi Gras Mask

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