Happy Fall!! Oh how I miss it. Hawaii is an amazing place to live, but come October I start to get homesick for some orange leaves and crisp air. Nevertheless, the people in Hawaii know how to celebrate Halloween - one of my favorite Holidays! In fact, we have quite a few parties/costumes to attend to this year. One of which is a Dias de Los Muertos party.
I don't like gory and super scary, but I do really appreciate the Day of the Dead masks and face painting. For some reason, I think they are beautiful works of art. My husband and I plan to paint our faces, but face paint for our son wouldn't last one hour. So, I decided to make him a felt mask.
I began by using an old eye mask for a template.
I cut the straps off and traced it.
I then began to sketch out the skeleton.
Once I got one side drawn, I cut it out and traced the other side.
You can see that it took me a few sketches to get the shape I wanted. Also, I cut out eyes.
Here I sketched a decorative design so that I could get a sense of what I was going to create.
I then traced it onto yellow felt.
I cut two - front and back.
Next, I traced the eyes onto black felt using a white colored pencil.
I drew a trim around the eyes.
Then I drew a flower shape around the eye.
I used one to make the other one.
Here we are so far.
For some decoration, I cut out some drops in purple and orange and a little black skeleton nose.
Before stitching on all the decor, I put the front and back together with a strip of elastic in between.
I zigzag stitched around the outside edges. The elastic strip was sewn in between.
I made some felt roses and flowers, using this tutorial. After I hand stitched the eye flowers, black eye pieces, and drops using a whip stitch, I hot glued the flowers on. Later, I added gold seed beads to the inside of a few flowers.
My little guy loves his new mask.
Stay tuned for a few more Halloween tutorials.