We love playing dress ups at home, and with Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to make a cute Koala Mask inspired by the Aussie Animal cards we’ve been collecting. Get the kids involved with tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting, it will keep them entertained for a little while and will hardly cost you a cent.
This mask is easy to make and it’s likely you’ll have most of the materials required at home already. It’s a great way to upcycle cereal boxes, and I used the faux fur from the collar of an old coat I picked up at the op-shop (thrift store) for only $1. If you can’t find faux fur inexpensively try fluffing up some cotton balls.
You will need:
- Mask Template
- Black Marker
- Cereal Box (grey recycled cardboard) or grey card
- Scissors (craft blade and cutting mat optional)
- Hole punch
- Masking tape
- Glue Stick
- Thin elastic or hat elastic
- Faux fur (anything fluffy is fine eg. cotton balls or grey wool roving)
How to make a Koala Mask:
- Print Koala Mask Template at 100%, feel free to increase or reduce size for child (or adult) of different size.
- Collect your materials. Try to recycle a cereal box, the grey recycled lining is the perfect koala grey.
- Trace template onto inside of card/box by pressing really hard with a pencil, it will leave a slight mark.
- Colour in nose and eyes with black marker.
- Cut out mask shape.
- Reinforce area where you will punch holes on the back with masking tape, and then punch out holes as indicated on template.
- Cut out fur slightly larger than ears and glue on. I glued fur onto the back of ears also to cover the printed cardboard and make it look neater when worn.
- Carefully cut out eyes, I used a craft knife to get a neat finish.
- Attach elastic with a knot through each hole
Wear with grey clothing for an instant koala costume. Perfect for Halloween, costume parties and school dress-up days.