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January 28, 2014

Grounghog Day Mask Craft


With Groundhog Day coming up in a couple days, we couldn't pass up the chance to get our craft on for the holiday! We've been reading "Groundhog Day!" by Gail Gibbons. It's more of an information book about the holiday but in a style understandable by preschool and young elementary age children.


Last year our Paper Plate Groundhog Craft turned out looking like a beaver. Haha! So we went with a heart shaped face like we saw on Pinterest to try to make it look more Groundhog-like. Since my kids love to dress up in costumes I decided the perfect way to celebrate Groundhog Day was for my children to be able to wear a Groundhog Mask and go out in the morning and pretend they were Punxsutawney Phil and see if they could see their shadow.   


I didn't take step by step pictures of this one, but I'll give a little explanation. I cut our heart shape out of an empty cereal box so it had a bit of weight to it and painted it brown. You could also try heavy cardstock paper. (I might use brown cardstock paper and skip out on the painting part if I were going this route) I cut the eye holes out of the mask with a craft knife. The holes were about a 1 1/4" diameter circle. I actually used the base of a Children's Motrin Medicine cup to trace the circles. The center of my eye circles are 2 1/2" apart also. I hope that is helpful. 

For the teeth, I used used my 2" heart punch and punched out a heart in white cardstock paper. We also cut ears cut out of brown paper, a black nose cut of black paper and toothpick whiskers (I cut the sharp edges off the toothpicks). If I had the flat, square toothpicks I would have used those instead of the round ones.

I punched holes on the sides of the eyes and used black yarn to measure my kids' head and then used it to secure the mask in place with knots.


And seriously...HOLY CUTENESS!!!


I have to mention that I originally wanted to glue a Jumbo Craft Stick to the back of the mask and have them just hold it up to their face. If you are doing this for a class, that is a route you might want to go! But since we've made masks before, my kids were insistent on having it sit over their eyes with the string.


Do your kids like to play dress up? Here is another fun Polar Bear Mask you might enjoy!

rachel

3 comments:

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, these are so cute!! I would love for you to share them at Sharing Saturday (this week's ends tonight, but I know I want to feature some groundhog crafts).

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I will be featuring it!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks again for featuring them Carrie! :-)