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Leaf Masks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1997


Inspired by autumn, all of these masks are made using one basic technique.


  • Store-bought mask

  • Hot-glue fun

  • Stick

  • Ribbon


  1. First, snip off the elastic from a store-bought basic mask, and apply leaves using the instructions below. When the glue on the leaves is dry, use a hot-glue gun to attach a stick for a handle; or attach long ribbon ties by slipping ribbons through the holes left from the elastic and securing each ribbon with a knot.

  2. These vivid leaves, available at crafts stores, have been preserved with glycerin, so they'll last for years. Or you can preserve leaves with glycerin yourself.

  3. Apply leaves to the mask one at a time, carefully folding the stem ends through the eyehole and gluing them to the back of the mask. With smaller leaves like these, there is room for layers. Sort the leaves before you glue any on; use the ones with the nicest shapes for the outer layer and the ones with the best color in the front.

  4. These luminous dried leaves are from the silver-dollar plant. Using dabs of craft glue on a small paintbrush, glue one silver-dollar leaf over the nose of the mask, then apply more, one by one, fanning them out around the eyeholes.

  5. Press colorful fall leaves between the pages of a weighted telephone book for a few days; to help them stay supple a little longer, brush the back of each leaf with acrylic matte medium (a paint extender available in crafts and art-supply stores).

  6. Let dry, then cut off the stems. Brush glue onto the back of a leaf, and place it on the mask. Continue adding leaves to cover the mask.

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