Dapper DIY Halloween masks, yours for the printing
If I started today, I could probably create Halloween costumes by hand for my three, although it would cost me dearly in terms of time and sanity.
But here's another thought: instead of sweating over fabric and glue, I could just hit "print" for some super-cute Halloween masks, throw the kids in colored sweatsuits, and call it a day. If you too want DIY Lite, then you're going to love this roundup of mostly-free printables. -Christina
The gorgeously illustrated printable masks
from Shades of Every Color
can be sized up or down depending on the size of the head they need to fit. I love how "masquerade ball" they look attached to a dowel. Not your style? Just attach an elastic for an around-the-head mask. Choose from among a gentle deer, a distinguished eagle, or the colorful rooster. There is something so sophisticated about these creatures, I can see adults in a Halloween party sporting them as easily as little ones going door to door.
New favorite Mr. Printables
has six different masks
for printing, from a yellow-eyed black cat to a orange Jack-o'-lantern. These would make a great Halloween party craft activity (note to self) as the entire set is available to print in black-and-white for the kids to color. I also really like their idea of using their free printables to create masks in felt--which will last longer, and probably feel more comfortable against the face.
Wee Society's DIY Wee Alphas
are more than just (free) masks--when you add a paper bag, you've got an entire costume, and a terrific just-anytime rainy-day activity.
Imagine four little friends parading as this paper-bag owl, lion, fox, and gorilla--the cuteness! And while I wouldn't recommend letting toddlers shuffle down dark streets wearing bags on their heads, these are super easy to take on and off between trick-or-treat stops.
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