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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 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, 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 }

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  • Holly
    September 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Yours is obviously the best. :D

  • Christine
    September 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is so PRETTY. I could totally see a little wood fairy halloween costume. Nice work!

  • Caitlin
    September 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    It’s a shame they made you cut it down, but I like the end result!

  • Loren
    September 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I’m sorry you had to put more effort into it, but the end result is fantastic. (I think the smaller version looks nicer than the full mask.)

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious
    September 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I like the final version best too. I voted for your this morning, without even knowing that it was you!

  • Circa1972
    September 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Oof, I can see why you would be nervous cutting that down, dried flowers can just be crushed away with little force. Yours is absolutely the best – I’ll head over to vote now! Great job!

  • Joy_UK
    September 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    No doubt yours is the prettiest! I have already given you my vote ;)

  • tula@whorange
    September 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    So fabulous. Got my vote!

  • alyssa
    September 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I wish you didn’t have to cut it- I love the full face mask. Masquerade masks remind me of mardi gras, your full mask looks like the start of SB awesome Halloween costume.

  • Sue
    September 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    that is so gorgeous, and so YOU!!

  • Kathleen
    September 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    It looks amazing, Nicole! I’m sorry that you had to cut it down but it’s beautiful both ways. I love it!

  • sarah, flourish design + style
    September 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Stunning! I can’t imagine how nervous you were cutting it.. I think the size looks perfect! xx

  • Lou M.
    September 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    It looks beautiful both ways but I do like the half-mask better. I love that you used flowers rather than typical construction materials.

  • Ally
    September 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    As soon as I saw this come up your mask caught my eye and I didn’t eve know what it was about! Great job and beautifully done!I hope you win :)

  • Esther
    September 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    very nice mask! best wishes for the competition!

  • Mrs Limestone
    September 11, 2010 at 6:58 am

    So pretty! Are you going to wear one of these for Halloween?

  • Rebecca Mellor
    September 11, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Voted! Well done – it looks great!

  • Alana
    September 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

    They’re all pretty, but I think yours is definitely the most labor intensive and took more creative effort. It’s beautiful! Do you get it back when they’re done?

  • susan
    September 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    so awesome!

  • Mariela
    September 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Looks really beautiful and is the best one. Good luck!

  • Holly
    September 12, 2010 at 5:29 am

    I think i prefer it once cut, but eek deep was your breath with those scissors in hand? Voted and will be back tomorrow…

  • Katrina Babic
    September 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    cut enough or not, doesn’t matter, b/c yours looks the best by far!

  • Erin Plemon
    September 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Just beautiful, Nicole!!

  • kate so
    September 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This reminded me of your dining room once you get all the woodwork painted white. Have you thought of going with a more rustic table and one of the black chairs that you featured? Maybe even painting the inside of the built in a nice gray? Just some thoughts. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

  • Lucia M
    September 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I love them both Nicole:) So adorable and inspiring! Your creations are always beautiful.

  • Bridget
    September 13, 2010 at 12:46 am

    It is beautiful and clearly reflects that a lot of effort went into it. It’s a shame they had to “Cut off” your work . . . I can’t believe they asked you to change your art/design; in either case, you win hands down!!

  • Tanya
    September 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Nicole, the mask looks absolutely gorgeous. I actually like it better when it’s shorter. Voted for you and subscribed to the magazine while I was at it. It’s only $6.00 for a full year! :)

  • Jamie
    September 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Voted – yours is gorgeous!

  • Charlotte
    September 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Simply Fallicious! Love the shorter style mask you will get my vote!

  • Oonafey
    September 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Yours is much more elaborate than the others. They are beautiful as well, but it looks as though yours was A LOT more work.

    I would have thought BHG would have established size guidelines before assigning the project. Bad forethought on their behalf, IMO.

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