So If you haven't seen we recently participated in the Little Cotton Wood Nature Trade! I am not terribly crafty and wasn't sure what to do but lucky for me only the day before KEEN Kids had posted a video to Instagram showing how to make a nature mask! So you could just skip all of this and go watch KEEN Kids lovely video... or I will break this all down for you and show you what we did!
- Thick paper (poster board, card stock, etc.. something that will hold up to leaves and flowers/ a tiny person wearing it)
- Glue (we just used regular glue but my husband did suggest rubber cement or hot glue as a good option)
- Ribbon or yarn (We used wrapping paper ribbon but really anything lovely will do)
- Paint (if you want to add a touch of pizazz to your nature finds)
- Nature (This is the fun part... go out and collect leaves, flowers, sticks... whatever!)
- (Optional) A flower press.. We have one from Wee Little Nomads that worked well for drying/pressing flowers before putting them on the mask. (though honestly they were so pretty I ended up using those flowers to make some other creations and less for the masks)
Step one - Drawn a face mask design and then cut it out. I didn't have a pattern though I am sure you could find one but I just generally eye balled Jessamyn's face and then drew it out based on that... they were not perfect but did the job and came out pretty great!
Step two - apply a base of glue to the masks. (I did this thinking that I would just stick all the leaves directly onto the mask in a pattern... what I found is that it might make more sense to put glue on each leaf and then stick them onto the mask so that they stick to each other and can be layered. SO REVISION - Step two - Apply glue to leaves and stick them to the mask.
*Disclaimer we used washable glue and so I was able to just wipe off my table after this step but if you use a different kind of glue or don't want to potentially ruin whatever surface you are doing this on make sure to lay something down or be really cautious of the masks ability to dry to the table.
Step three - Let the mask dry for a little bit and then add your layer of flowers or paint. I found that the leaves rolled up a bit and needed to be glued back down while drying so taking the time to make sure the leaf layer is dry before adding decoration on top really helps in the long run!
Step four - Attach ribbon or yarn to the mask. I just used scissors to poke little holes in the sides and then had a perfectly wearable mask!
Step five - Take pictures of your nature finds/finished masks and use #lovelywanderings so that I can see them!
This craft was so easy and fun and brought together so many of my favorite things! If you want to participate in a nature trade you can do so here. If you want to see the lovely video of this craft in action you can here. And if you want to enter a giveaway to win one of these lovely flower presses from Wee Little Nomads you can do that here! (Giveaway now closed)