Weekend DIY: Printable Halloween Masks
Back in the day the prize in (or on) a box of cereal was just as important as the taste. During Halloween season, some manufacturers provided mask cut-outs on the backs of popular cereals. Kellogg’s provided a several masks during the 1950s, including a witch, pirate, gorilla and hobo.
In the mid- to late-70s, I remember my excitement when General Mills printed monsters masks on the back of boxes of Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo-Berry (which was my favorite). Imagine, all you had to do was cut out the face, punch out the eyes and nose, and attach a rubber band.
If you’re seeking a simple mask this year, there are free patterns online that you can print and cut.
I found some pretty cute ones at Mr. Printables, including ones the kiddies can color themselves.
Want something adorable for the wee ones? You’ll find colorful animals, like frogs and bunnies, at Activity Village.
Some tips for printing and stabilizing printable masks:
- Always print on quality paper, especially when printing colorful masks. This will minimize bleeding and feathering of the colors and lines.
- Print on a heavy stock, or mount the print-out to cardboard using a good craft glue (I like Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue). Want to add sheen? Use glossy Mod Podge.
- You can attach either string or a rubber band, but make sure there is enough give when wearing the mask. Otherwise it might tear the paper.
So, there you have it. Some super-neat, retro style paper masks similar to the ones that used to adorn cereal boxes.
Speaking of that…