#30DaysWild – Making nature masks

Our #30DaysWild activities have been restricted to the garden lately due to my big girl being unwell. These nature masks are simple to make and decorate with natural items found in the garden. Once I had made the mask template for them, the girls were able to decorate the masks themselves with very little assistance from me.

 

A white cardboard mask covered in leaves and flowers - "#30DaysWild - Making nature masks"

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft stick
  • Glue and/or sticky tape
  • Glue dots or double-sided tape
  • Leaves and petals from the garden

 

1) Draw a mask shape on a piece of cardboard and cut out. (TIP – I often struggle to get the eye holes in the right place when making masks. I used my daughter’s glasses as a guide to help me get them in the right place. You could also use a child’s pair of sunglasses for this.)

 

The mask shape cut out of white cardboard

 

2) Stick a craft stick to the back of the mask. I used glue to attach the craft stick and also secured it with sticky tape to help keep it in place.

 

The cardboard mask with a craft stick stuck to one side

 

3) Cover the front of the mask with glue dots or double-sided tape. I used micro-dots initially but found these weren’t quite strong enough so added some large glue dots which were much more effective.

 

The mask covered with glue dots

 

4) Collect leaves, petals, feathers and other items from the garden. Stick them to the glue dots/tape on the front of the mask to decorate.

 

Jessica decorating the mask with leaves and grass

 

Jessica and Sophie had fun collecting leaves, flowers and grass and enjoyed getting creative outside. It took them about ten minutes to decorate their nature masks. As you can see, they were very pleased with them when they had finished.

 

Jessica and Sophie standing in the garden with their nature masks

 

This year we’re taking part in #30DaysWild – a challenge from the Wildlife Trusts to get outside each day in June, do something wild and connect with nature.

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