Friday, December 9, 2011

Paper Plate Santa Claus Mask

  • paper plate
  • Elmer's white "Faux Fur" (available at Walmart)
  •  red construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Popsicle stick
  • clear plastic tape

  1. Cut a rectangular shape in the upper middle portion of the paper plate (3 and 1/2 inches from the top).  Leave about 2 inches on either side of the plate. (The rectangle should be about 5 and 1/2 inches across and 1 and 1/4 inches in height.) Cut a small semi-circle at the middle bottom of the rectangle as pictured in the photo above left.
  2. Draw and cut out a Santa hat that is about 8 and 1/4 inches wide (or as wide as the plate is just above the hole you cut out) at the bottom of the hat. As long as the hat will cover the plate, you can design it any way you think works. Just be sure to leave the tip of Santa's hat 1 inch thick (so you can place the "pom-pom" on later).
  3. Hold a piece of Elmer's Faux Fir over the bottom 2/3 of the plate, so that it covers the width and length of the plate from the top of the 'rectangle cut-out', down. Trim the outside of the beard at the sides, so that it will cover the plate, but leave an inch or two of beard on the bottom, to make Santa's beard long. Cut a rectangle out of the top of the beard, starting from 2 inches in at each side. Make it 1 and 1/4 inches deep, with a small semi-circle in the bottom middle, as you did with the plate.
  4. Cut another rectangular shaped piece of Faux Fir that is 8 and 1/2 inches across and 2 inches down.
  5. Cut a 1 and 1/2 inch wide circle out of the Faux Fir.
  6. Imagine a line running the whole width of the paper plate, directly above the rectangle cut-out. Generously apply glue everywhere above this imaginary line. Stick Santa's hat on.
  7. Generously apply glue to the entire rest of the plate. Stick Santa's beard on.
  8. Apply glue from the bottom of Santa's hat to 1 inch above, and across the entire width. Stick on the fur trim.
  9. Apply glue to the bottom inch of the tip of Santa's hat. Stick on the Faux Fir circle to represent a pom-pom.
  10. After all the glue has dried, turn the plate over and tape a Popsicle stick to the back. Make sure the stick hangs down at least 2 inches from the bottom of the plate.
*Revision for next time: I would cut a larger semi-circle at the bottom of the rectangle cut-out on the paper plate. Or perhaps I would just cut a larger rectangle out. This way, you could at least see the person's nose!

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