Homemade Holiday Gifts: Animal Masks and Disguise Kits

by Lindsay on December 22, 2012

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The holidays are right around the corner and I wanted to share one more fun gift idea with you. Both of these projects are “No-Sew”, really fun to make, and I’m sure the gift recipients will absolutely love them.

These animal masks and disguise kits are so fun for kids (or adults) and playing dress-up or make believe is always more fun with props!

If you already have your shopping done, don’t worry; this could also be a cute project for a rainy or snowy day.

Felt Animal Masks

 

What You Will Need:

  • Felt
  • Felt glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper templates
  • Elastic cording

Free Templates:

 

How to Assemble:

  1. Print and cut out the templates
  2. Pin them to the felt and cut out the shapes you need
  3. Glue all the pieces together
  4. Decorate the masks with more felt shapes, sequins, feathers, fake fur etc..
  5. After they are dry, cut two small slits on the edges of the mask  and tie the elastic cording (make sure it’s long enough that it won’t be too tight)

Notes:

I found that some of the mask templates had really small eyes. Feel free to make them a little bigger so it’s comfortable to wear.
 

Disguise Kits

 

What You Will Need:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Paper templates
  • Elastic cording
  • Craft Fur

Free Templates:

How to Assemble:

  1. Print and cut the templates
  2. Pin to the felt or fur and cut (the fur makes a HUGE mess… prepare yourself!) If you would like to make the mustaches firmer so they stand up more just cut two of each pattern and glue them together.
  3. Cut small slits to tie the elastic

Notes:

I made storage boxes for both sets out of paper mache boxes I got at the craft store and decorated, but you could use old hat boxes, shoe boxes, or even an old briefcase. If you’d like to add a little more to the disguise kits, the dollar store is great for glasses, badges, crowns, etc. This could become the coolest gift ever!


I don’t have any little ones at my house to test the mask or beards out so I brought back Olive to help out!
 
We hope you enjoy these gift ideas as much as we do! If you decide to create either of these crafts, or any of the craft projects that we shared with you, please feel free to share your finished product with us on our Facebook page!

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About Lindsay

I'm Lindsay, the owner of OliveTree Handmade. I love designing and creating re-purposed and vintage inspired jewelry and accessories using vintage pieces and old/unwanted/broken items. Giving new life to something that otherwise wouldn't be used or thrown away.

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avatar Abbie December 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

Great ideas! I love to give the friends of kids something original and homemade–how perfect!

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avatar Lisa Cornely December 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Really cute idea. I love the disguise kit. Too cute,

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avatar Childrens Animal Masks March 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

What a great Blog, I love the diguise kit on the Dog, but the masks are my favorite, might have to try to disguise the puppy though for the next family get together.

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