Mardi Gras is almost upon us and as the seasonal festival draws near, children typically tend to get very excited. How can you tell? Just take a look at their latest crafts and you will see the traditional Mardi Gras colours of gold, purple, and green. You might also see jester’s hats, beautifully ornate drawings of traditional Mardi Gras costumes, and a wide range of parade settings.
If your child is interested in learning about Mardi Gras, why not let them create their own Mardi Gras costumes so they can throw a mock Mardi Gras parade at home with their friends?
We are going to take a look at some fun and easy Mardi Gras costume ideas that your kids can make today:
Paper Plate Mask
• 1 paper plate
• Crayons, markers, or paint
• Decorations like feathers, glitter glue, rhinestones, etc.
• 1 popsicle stick
• Cut the paper plate in half and colour one side of one half.
• Cut out eye holes.
• Cut half circle along the bottom edge, between eye holes, for nose.
• Decorate with feathers, glitter glue, rhinestones, etc.
• Let everything dry completely.
• Glue the popsicle stick to the back on the far right or far left side for holding.
Construction Paper Jester Hat
• Construction paper (any colour is good, but purple, green, and yellow are the colours of Mardi Gras)
• Cut the base of the hat by cutting two 2 inch-wide strips from the longest side of the papers.
• Tape two ends together to form one long strip.
• Cut 6 long triangles out of the other coloured paper.
• Lie a long strip on a flat surface and tape the widest part of triangles to the inside of the crown.
• Glue pom-poms to the tips of the triangles.
• Let it dry completely.
• Tape the ends of the base together, letting the triangles and pom-poms fall outward.
• 1 long piece of string
• Multi-coloured straws
• Cut straws into at least 1 inch pieces and string them on the yarn.
• Tie the loose end of the string together.
For younger kids, parents or older siblings can help with the cutting and gluing if needed on any of the Mardi Gras costume projects.
To learn more fun ways that kids can celebrate Mardi Gras, contact FunLab today.
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