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How to Make My Halloween Mask for BHG

I mentioned last week that I would provide you with the instructions to make the same Halloween Mask that I made for Better Homes & Gardens. Halloween will be here in just a few weeks, but there is still plenty of time for you to create your own version of this mask!

Supplies

  • plain mask
  • wooden dowel rod
  • green acrylic craft paint
  • leaves and finely textured faux flowers for the main part of the mask
  • taller faux flowers for the floral pick
  • wire (preferably green florist’s wire)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • small hole punch
  • green embroidery floss
  • small fake bird

Instructions

  • Start by punching holes along one side of the mask. This is where you will eventually attach the dowel rod to support your mask.
  • Paint a base coat of green on the mask and wooden dowel rod.
  • Glue faux leaves around the eyes and nose of the mask, leaving room along the outer edges.

  • If you wish, create eyelashes out of spindly petals (faux allium work well) and glue them around the eyes of the mask.

  • Use hot glue to attach the fake bird near the top of your mask.
  • Cut your finely textured faux flora into pieces and glue these to the mask, covering as much surface area as possible and tucking under the edges of the leaves and around your bird.

  • Next, create the floral pick that will attach to the support stick for the mask. I chose three branchy faux flowers of differing textures and used hot glue to attach them to each other.

  • Once the dowel rod is dry, attach the floral pick along the top with hot glue, then wrap with wire to secure.
  • For a more finished look, wrap green embroidery floss around the dowel rod where you attached the floral pick.
  • Attach the dowel rod to the mask with wire, and you’re done.

* If you like my mask you can vote for it every day at BHG.com until October 10.

My Mask in Better Homes & Gardens

Hooray! I knew in an abstract sense that my mask would be in the October issue of Better Homes & Gardens, but it was thrilling to actually see it in the magazine.

You can vote everyday for your favorite mask at BHG.com. I also created three more projects for BHG that I’ll be sharing with you in October, and I’ll post instructions for making your own version of my mask next week.

Halloween Mask for Better Homes & Gardens

Remember when I mentioned that I would be crafting four Halloween projects for Better Homes & Gardens? Well I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the first project with you: a Halloween mask.


Above is the mask as it appears on BHG.com and as it will be in the magazine. It looks great, but I actually had to cut it in half at the last minute. See, it originally looked like this:

The other three bloggers each used masquerade masks (which I did not know until after I had completed mine), so as the odd duck out I was asked if I could cut my mask down to size. You have no idea how nervous I was as I took scissors to it! Looking at the others I suppose I should have cut into the nose more, but I didn’t have a reference to work off of so I winged it. Luckily I managed to pull off the last-minute alteration without destroying the mask in the process. Phew!

You can view all four masks at BHG.com, and you can vote each day for your favorite until October 10. After that, there will be three more Halloween craft projects, with a winner for each. One overall winner will then be chosen to commission an exclusive design for the October 2011 issue of Better Homes & Gardens! That would be amazing, but I’m honored just to have taken part and thankful to Better Homes & Gardens for this fun opportunity. And I can’t wait to share my other projects with you.

{ click here to view my mask and vote for your favorite at BHG.com }

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