June 26, 2011

Alligator Coloring Page

To download this free printable coloring page, click link below for the full sized PDF file:

For even more free printable coloring pages:

June 20, 2011

Crafts for Kids: Masquerade Masks

Crafts for Kids: Masquerade Masks

For a great kids craft project, create personalized masquerade masks. Kids love creating  masks that they can play dress up in or wear at a party.  Create masks during the party as a party craft or create them in advance and decorate for the party with the custom creations. Coordinate the mask and accents to the color scheme and theme of your particular party.

Making a mask is a fun activity for a Mardi Gras party, but it does not have to be limited to a Mardi Gras theme. This craft could be great for all different types of parties.

Martha Stewarts Owl Mask Here are some ideas:
 Sweet sixteen or QuinceaƱeras masquerade masks
Masked superhero birthday bash
Bug masks for an insect party
Monster or Wild Things masks
Favorite childrens book characters
Animal masks: cow, duck, pig, etc. 
 Bird , Owl  or Cat
(Martha Stewart created these with our plain paper mache masks. Click the links above to see how.)

Sample Supplies:
Masquearade Mask Supplies

Start with a basic  paper mache masks or fabric masks and  festive decorations like gems, glitter, feathers, confetti, ribbon or mardi gras beads.

Decorating the Masquerade Mask

paper mache mask allows children to color, paint or use markers. They could also cover the mask in fabric or decorative paper (attach either with spray adhesive or fabric glue). Using markers allows them to keep decorating with out any down time. With paint or glue, allow time for the mask to dry before you move on to adding accents.

They can glue on feathers or ribbon.

Accent with sparkly glitter balls

Mardi Gras confettiFaux Mardi Gras Jewels

or confetti  and  faux jewels

Mardi Gras beads make great accents. Use strands of standard throw beads to add definition or outline shapes. Here the eyes of the mask are outlined in metallic gold beads.

The finished masquerade mask creation!

Proudly modeling her mask creation!
Gold Lame Cat Eye MaskRed Paper Mache MaskPaper mache cat mask
There are lots mask shapes, styles and colors available. To see the full selection of masks you can decorate,  click here: MASKS

June 14, 2011

Poly Deco Mesh Bow: Video Tutorial

Versatile poly deco mesh is one of our favorite craft products because it can be used in endless applications. Wrap gifts, decorate for parties, create wreaths or garland. The sky is the limit with this fun mesh. Decorative poly mesh is also water proof so it is great for outdoor applications as well as indoor.

This synthetic deco-mesh fabric comes on rolls of various widths and lengths. The standard mesh size, we use in this video tutorial, is 21” wide by 10 yards (30 feet). A wide range of colors and patterns are available to match any color scheme or holiday theme.

One of the most basic ways to use poly deco mesh is to create bows. This short video tutorial shows how to create a large poly deco mesh bow out of the Mardi Gras striped poly deco mesh. With these basic instructions you can easily create designer quality bows perfect for gifts, wreaths, chairs and more!

For the complete selection of poly deco mesh products available, see: Mardi Gras Outlet.com

For more ideas and tutorials using poly deco mesh, see all the deco mesh POSTS.

Click here for all of our deco mesh video tutorials, including how to make a wreath, garland, wall tree and more!

We have also made a deco mesh bow using 10" wide deco mesh. Click here to see this new blog post.

June 1, 2011

Lobster Themed Party Ideas

On the hunt for lobster party ideas or decorations? A few simple items can make your New England clambake, lobster boil or seafood celebration a fun and memorable event.

Before the party even begins, start off the theme with lobster and seafood invitations. New England clambakes have a long history; pictured above is a clambake from a 1964 Life magazine.

Continue the lobster theme to the table settings and the decor with some lobster claw food picks, seafood cracker and a pewter casserole dish. Lobster wall decor and hangings can activate the dining area atmosphere even further. Pair these with a simple color palette of navy blue, white and accents of yellow for a fantastic design.

At the end of your party, leave your guests with a themed lobster party favor to take home. A lobster bottle opener, plush toy or a unique lobster-shaped soap are all adorable gifts that guests will love.

You can find even more lobster themed items for your party by visiting MardiGrasOutlet.com.


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