What we found was an enormous amount of information about the Halloween Haunt events. Many of the props and scenes found were not appropriate for us, but some of the ideas of how these props were built were helpful, or some of the ideas were adaptable to our event.
The kids loved the school eisteddfod and enjoyed wearing their Welsh custom paper mache face masks too. Ffion was happy to wear my old traditional Welsh costume from when I was a kid, but Tomboy Carys was hell bent on being a welsh dragon, so we had to make her costume.
Have you ever wanted to make a dragon mask? Yeah, yeah, you can say you haven't, but I know you have. You'd be mad not to want to make one. So, because you DO have a burning desire to make a dragon mask, and because you are obviously a sensible, frugal individual, and not afraid of a big old mess because if you are afraid of a big old mess I have no idea why you are herelet me bombard you with a few too many photographs showing you how to make a kick-ass dragon mask out of two milk jugs, some tin foil and a newspaper.
Has there ever been a more useful blog post in the history of the internet? I'm fairly sure that's what you are thinking. I hope that there is someone out there that might actually find this a little bit useful, because although we were sort of making custom paper mache face masks up as we went along, there are squillions of photos.
First of all, you will be needing two of the British style 4pint plastic milk jugs that you have cleaned out and dried. They look like the ones below. The reason that I used milk jugs to make the base of this is because they durable, flexible, easy to cut with scissors and get a stapler through, and they are just sat there in the recycling bin, so, Freeeeee!
We have made plenty of stuff from the US Gallon sized milk jugs while we were living in California, like the Storm trooper helmet and the batman masks. I bet you could still find a way to use the US ones to make a similar design, because they have a larger surface area, so you've actually got more plastic to work with on those.
I started with the first milk jug by chopping off the neck you'll need to keep this because it'll be used laterthen I chopped off the base, and the handle section.
The large piece is going to be the main part of the mask the sides and top. The smaller handle piece has to be cut and stapled to make the dragon's nostrils.
The collection of photos below shows from several angles how we cut down the handle and pushed it together to staple it into a shape that looked like it would work for the nose of the dragon.
I think this is the hardest bit to explain in words, hence all the pictures. Next I used a staple or two on each side to attach the nose to the rest of the head.
Now you want to get your second milk jug, and cut off the neck again save this one for later too. Cut off your handle, and cut off the lower half of the jug again keep that to use later This is the piece that you're left with.
This is going to be stapled onto the back of the mask to complete the back of the head. You still have the handle section from the second milk jug, and that needs to be cut right down to make a piece that can be stuck on over the tip of the nose to make a nice dragony point to it and to cover the front parts of the nostrils that you've made.
Here's a series of pictures showing how I got that little bit from the handle. And here you can see how it fits onto the end of the dragon's nose to complete his face.
You still have the bottom half of the second milk jug, and the sides of that are going to be used to make the little wingy ear bits that go on the side of the dragon's head.
I'm not well up on dragon anatomy, so I don't know if these have a proper name. Anyhoooo, here's the picture of the bit you cut them from and how they look before you attach them. Here they are tucked into the seam where the back joins the side of the head and stapled on.
You can see now how useful the curve in the side of the milk jug is to make the ears stand out from the head. The final part of the milk jug masacre is to use your two neck pieces to make sturdy places that you can have your horns coming out of.
I cut the neck pieces right down and used a pen to mark on where I wanted them to go, then I used a pair of nail scissors to cut out the circles and push the neck pieces into place from the inside of the mask.
A good squidge of hotglue held them securely. So, here's what your finished underlying milk jug structure should look like.
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St David's Day at school went well. The kids loved the school eisteddfod and enjoyed wearing their Welsh costumes too. Ffion was happy to wear my old traditional Welsh costume from when I was a kid, but Tomboy Carys was hell bent on being a welsh dragon, so we had to make her costume.
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