Giant Paper Faces and Masks
These disguises -- larger-than-life caricatures of French aristocrats going to a masquerade ball -- will stand out in a crowd. That's the effect architect Tom Krizmanic (far right) was going for when he created the costumes for himself and the group with which he attended the New York Restoration Project's annual bash. He fashioned giant heads from tagboard, adding features with papier-mache and pastels. Then he gave the faces their own menacing masks: He took red paper, wooden dowels (for handles), ribbon, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, and other sparkly craft supplies and just "glued-gunned the heck out of them." Inexpensive costumes were also festooned with gold braid, lace, and other trimmings.
We used tagboard, but you can also join a double thickness of poster board with spray adhesive.