• Robot Mask

    Halloween is such a fun time for dressing up and creating fantasy. Many schools celebrate this day by having their students dress up as characters from literature to keep it educational and in line with curriculum. I created this robot mask to celebrate a favorite story, The Robot Book by Heather Brown. It teaches kids that what matters most comes from the inside. This project is perfect for a group of kids to all make at the same time as an activity celebrating the Halloween aspect of dress up while staying focused on learning.

    diy-felt-robot-mask

    You will need:

    • 9″ x 12″ craft cuts of Kunin Classicfelt: assorted colors
    • 9″ x 12″ Cork piece
    • Mask die by Laura Kelly for Ellison, www.ellison.com
    • Adhesive
    • Big Shot, scissors.

    I used my mask die that I designed for Ellison Education to get started. I cut out a black felt base as well as a cork base (to make it sturdy).

    cork-mask

    I also cut out a bunch of colorful parts and pieces.

    felt-mask-pieces

    Because the cork and the felt are cut with the same die, they fit perfectly together.

    mask-in-the-making

    Once I glued the black base the cork, I added the felt pieces.

    kunin-felt-mask-layered

    When they were dry, I added some “real” pieces to give a 3-D look. The last step is to add the string to the sides (holes punched with the die cutting) so you can make it stay on a head.

    screws-glued-to-mask

    Ta Da!

    mask-on-trunk

    With the leftover pieces, I whipped up a matching bracelet. I used Velcro to hold the bracelet shut.

    felt-robot-bracelet

    If you haven’t read the book, I recommend you read it. If you haven’t ever cut felt with an Ellison die cut machine, I recommend you try it.

    You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt; Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt and ShaggiChic non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.

    Cheers to creating costumes and dress up pieces that celebrate characters worth loving,
    Laura


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