I remember in elementary school creating face masks from plaster cloth. I remember the experience very clearly and loved the mask that I made. Today my kids were interested in making a mask. However, they didn’t like the idea of their face being covered, which I understand. So, instead of putting the paster directly on their skin, we used plastic face masks. I think this would work well with younger kids. If you do put the paster cloth directly on the skin, make sure that it is the proper cloth intended for this and make sure that nostrils and mouths are not covered. Read instructions carefully. For our mask making, I cut up the plaster cloth into different pieces and gave my kids warm water.
They either did a full mask or half mask and put at least 2 layers – especially around the nose and eyes. It was a great sensory activity to work with the plaster cloth. It is an interesting feeling once it is wet. My kids really liked working with the paster cloth and it is easy to use.
Once the masks were done we left them overnight to dry. They easily came off of the pink face mask in the morning, but we then left them for another day to dry underneath.
Once they were fully dry and hard, my kids could hardly wait to start painting and decorating. The masks turned out beautifully and they had so much fun. The only downfall to making the masks with the face masks is that the masks do not fit the face exactly. Using a thick stretchy elastic helped solve this problem for us. Depending on the thickness of the mask, a hole punch can be used to create a hole for the elastic.