Mardi Gras Crafts with Kids

With its delicious King Cakes, dozens of parades and glamorous balls, Mardi Gras is an exciting season for the whole family. Why not add to the fun with a few indoor activities as well? Try these crafts and create your own Mardi Gras parade!

Paper Plate Masks

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plate – white
  • Colors
  • Craft stick, painted
  • Stickers
  • Feathers
  • Hot glue gun
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors

1. Cut the paper plate in half and a small triangle on the straight side to give space for the nose.

2. Use the X-Acto knife to cut eye holes; draw the shapes beforehand if necessary.

3. Color the mask and add stickers as desired.

4. Prepare to use the hot glue gun (your older child may be able to do steps 5-6 while supervised).

5. Hot glue the painted craft stick to the back, right side of the mask.

6. Hot glue feathers to the back side of the mask.


Mardi Gras Beads

What you’ll need: 

  • Twizzlers – purple, green & yellow
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape


1. Cut the Twizzlers into small, bead-size pieces.

2. Pinch each piece to make sure the hole is visible.

3. Tape the thread to the table to make it easier for little hands.

4. String the Twizzler pieces onto the thread, one at a time.

5. Tie, wear (and eat)!



Hand Print Art: Throw Me Something, Mister!

What you’ll need: 

  • Cardstock – white
  • Paint – purple, green and yellow
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Sharpie


1. Use a paintbrush to cover the hands in purple paint, including about an inch of the wrists (I chose to do one hand at a time).

2. Press one hand at a time onto the paper. Fill in any blank spaces in the handprints if necessary. 

3. Pour a little green and yellow paint onto the paper plate.

4. One color at a time, create green and yellow beads with finger prints.

 5. With the Sharpie, write “Throw Me Something Mister!” on top and “Mardi Gras 2017.”




So assemble your own crowd of family and friends and turn up “Mardi Gras Mambo” while you get ready to wear your masks and throw out your beads! Happy Mardi Gras!

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