In brief, the story tells the tale of a king and his daughter. During the coldest days of the winter, the usually colorful and white birds take shelter in the chimneys for warmth and come out black. So, the kids were going to wear bird masks, of all colors PLUS the black bird masks.
|First rendition of the Blackbird mask|
I set out to create some simple masks. Since the goal was to make enough if there were an abundance of interested children, I decided to use paper plates for the white birds. As it turns out, the simple paper plates have ridges along the sides which add to the illusion of feathers. The plates are durable and have enough "body" to stand up to the elastic that holds it on the little child's face. After a couple of prototypes, I finally came up with a workable sample that was fairly simple to make and looked reasonable.
I sketched in some feathers on the actual sample and was pleased with the outcome.
|Template, click, download and print on 8.5"x11" paper|
You can download the above template, print it out, cut it out and use it to make a child's mask. Just add elastic to keep it in place.
Here are the steps.
The beak requires some folding. The lines are on the underside of the beak, so it's OK if they show. I adhered tape to the top of the beak to attach it to the mask. Lastly, I wanted to make colored birds and originally was going to paint the paper plates, then cut the out. But, I came to my senses and used colored card stock to save a step.
|Green Bird Mask|
|Yellow Bird Mask|