Elaborate masks worn at Venice's famed "Carnevale" inspired these avian creations. The long nose on this papier-mache mask becomes a bird's beak, surrounded by crepe-paper plumage in gray or yellow. This mask calls for two types of crepe paper: thick florist crepe paper in gold, and regular (or fine) crepe paper in the remaining colors.
Papier-mache mask, mardigrasoutlet.com
Acrylic paint in a base color (gray or yellow) that matches the feathers to be added, misterart.com
Gold florist crepe paper, black crepe paper, and gray crepe paper, castleintheair.biz and misterart.com
Broad scallop scissors
2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
Blowing the perfect bubble depends on equal parts science and magic. With a few twists of wire, you can make fantastic bubble wands and spend long, lazy days practicing your technique. The best bubble solution is 10 cups water to 4 cups dish-washing liquid, plus 1 cup Karo corn syrup.
Plastic-coated wire coat hangers or floral netting or plasti-coated chicken wire