I’m not sure if I’ll ever make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. However, I like holidays and don’t have a problem bringing the celebration to my house. According to history.com, Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” has been linked to “pagan celebrations of spring and fertility.” However, now it is more closely associated with “a prelude to Lent.” Regardless of its origins, it has come to be a time of celebration and indulgence. Its main colors are purple, green and gold. Here are some Mardi Gras crafts to help bring a little taste of the holiday to your home.
You really can’t celebrate Mardi Gras without a mask. For this craft, simply take some stiff paper and trace a simple mask shape on it. Then cut it out and give kids glitter, sequins and feathers to decorate. We outlined our masks and eyes with sequins. Finally, you can attach a craft stick, paper straw or elastic to the mask.
Mardi Gras Wind Sock
These look pretty shimmering in the wind. First, cover an empty toilet paper roll with a thin layer of gel glue. Next, take either purple, gold or green glitter and shake it over the paper roll, turning it slowly. Shake off the excess. You may have to add more glue and glitter. Then, give the glue a little time to dry. After that, cut out some one-inch strips of tissue or crepe paper and tape onto the inside of the toilet paper roll. If you used green glitter, choose purple or gold for the paper. Finally, use some mardi gras beads to hang your windsock. Tape or staple the beads onto the inside of the top of the toilet paper tube.
Print out some mardi gras coloring pictures. Then, rather than giving your child crayons, give them glitter glue to outline the pictures. If you don’t have glitter glue, use gel glue and then sprinkle glitter on top. This is great for fine motor skills.
Mardi Gras Signs
Make some sparkling signs for decorative accents. Using glue, have kids write Mardi Gras on green, purple or yellow construction paper. Then, draw themed pictures such as masks, beads and carnival hats. Then, sprinkle various colors of glitter over the pictures. Shake off the excess.
These Mardi Gras crafts for kids are one fun way to celebrate the holiday.
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