This fun summer project is a very special one that I wanted to share.  I remember making these masks with my mom when my brothers and I were growing up.  My mom has now passed on this experience with my girls.   Uncle Will still enjoys making them too!

There are endless ways to paint and decorate them.  Older kids may enjoy painting superhero faces or their favorite team colors.  The little ones just love covering them in paint.  I hope you enjoy this project as much as we do!

How to Make Plaster Masks

Supplies Needed:

Plaster Cloth Wrap
Disposable bucket or container with lukewarm water
Scissors
Vaseline
Shower Cap or bandana to cover child’s hair
Elastic
Hot Glue Gun
Paint & Paint Brushes

Steps:

Cut the plaster cloth wrap into 2″ x 4″ strips. You may also need some smaller pieces for the nose.

Plaster cloth wrap for mask making

Cover the child’s hair with a shower cap or bandana.

Coat the child’s face with Vaseline including their lips and eyebrows.  You want to make sure Vaseline is on any part of their face that will be covered by the mask.

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Dip the plaster cloth strip into your container of water one at a time placing them on your child’s face in an overlapping pattern.  Continue this process until their face is covered with about 2-3 layers of the plaster cloth wrap.

Mask Making Project with Kids

Child should remain still for about 5-10 minutes until the mask has hardened.

Slowly pull the mask away from the child’s face.  You may want to trim around the edges if you have any uneven spots.  Let masks dry overnight.

How to make plaster mask

Paint and decorate your mask!

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Share your masks using #pigskinsandpigtails on Instagram.