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Giant Mask: Montessaurus!

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This is the most excruciatingly detailed record I have kept of my various giant papier-mache mask projects. This particular mask - a strange monster that I call the "Montessaurus" - was made for a preschool class at a local Montessori school. I made the mask, then a group of two dozen kids between the ages of three and six painted it. After that, it was auctioned off at a school fundraiser.
 
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Step 1: Gather Materials

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To make this mask, you'll need flour, water, white glue (optional), and lots of newspaper (I use The Onion because it's free).

Flour paste is made by whisking flour into water. That's all you really need! I like to add a but of white glue because I think it improves the finish, but that's up to you. You can make the paste as thick or as thin as you like; I personally like mine a little bit thick, sort of like pancake batter.

I used one large punch-ball balloon (those giant ones that come with a huge rubber band) and two tiny party balloons. You will also need duct tape, masking tape, and a hairdryer would be handy.
bearclaw3 years ago
so great, and in my opinion that paint job is flawless!
flkamm3 years ago
That is great! Good job with the children. I bet they loved it.
diannagail3 years ago
What do your real eyes look like inside the mask? It would be nice to see a picture of it being worn.
pokiespout (author)  diannagail3 years ago
Wish I could help! But I gave the mask to the kids as soon as the construction was finished, and even I have never seen it worn!
getthim3 years ago
hey, nice mask
i'm looking to make one of my own and i have this "strong white bread flour"
is this the right flour
thanks
pokiespout (author)  getthim3 years ago
As far as I know, any white flour will work fine. I know I have used Bread Flour and All-Purpose flour, and I have never had a problem!
JKibs954 years ago
Hurray for Montessori!
matroska4 years ago
 Oh! haha! I thought -until step 5- that the two holes were really .. the eyes! (and of course I didn't notice the obvious huge balls on the side). Nice little project!
Stixs4 years ago

Im so excited to make this mask, thank you so much for putting the cool mask on the web

pokiespout (author)  Stixs4 years ago
 You are so welcome!  Just promise to show me your pictures once you finish, okay?
Will do hopefully before halloween
F-zero5 years ago
I dont know if I did something wrong, but my paper mache mask was very stiff. It might have been my mixture. How exactly do you cut a hole in the paper mache? It was very hard to do and came out jagged. What tool do you use?
Kaiven F-zero5 years ago
A razor or knife would be ok.
depotdevoid5 years ago
Hey, you got featured on this Halloween mask thing, congratulations!
pokiespout (author)  depotdevoid5 years ago
Wow, cool! Thanks, I hadn't even noticed!
Lutrah205 years ago
I thought that this was the most amazing mask, until I saw that you let pre-schoolers paint it! Then I just thought it was super double fabulous and amazing! Way to go! We need more people like you playing with kids!
pokiespout (author)  Lutrah205 years ago
Thanks, you're sweet! I thought it was pretty cool too, I just wish I had been able to hang out with all of them and talk more about how I made it!
depotdevoid5 years ago
That is beautiful mask, you beautiful man. 5 stars!
pokiespout (author)  depotdevoid5 years ago
You're only saying that because of our genetic similarity!
ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
Wow.... thats awesome!
pokiespout (author)  ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
Thanks! I believe the kids thought so, too. Unfortunately, what with the rather strict policies at the Montessori schools, I never actually got to meet them.
Charles IV5 years ago
Yeah, the Onion rules!!
xrobevansx5 years ago
Very Gabriel-era Genesis-esque...NICE!!
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