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Day of the Dead Masks

mask design on paper plate

Editor's Note: We didn't get this one up in time for Halloween or the Day of the Dead but bookmark it for next year.

Making Day of the Dead masks helps kids have fun and learn about Mexico's traditional celebration! more masks

Approximate Time 1 hour


  • paper plates
  • mask template copies
  • crayons and markers
  • scissors
  • glue
  • one-hole punch
  • ribbon
  • painter's tape


Kids can color their copies of the mask template (find the template clipart at El Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead) They cut out their marks and glue their masks onto paper plates.

If kids want to wear their masks, they cut out eyeholes, punch holes at ear-level on the plates, thread ribbon lengths through the holes and tie knots, and put the masks on.

If kids want to display their masks on walls or doors or frigs, they don't cut out the eyeholes or bother with hole-punching or putting ribbon ties onto the plates. Instead they make loops of painter's (no-stick) tape, put the loops on the backs of the masks, and tape them onto walls or doors or frigs. Alternatively, a kid can punch one hole onto the top of a plate (with a mask glued on it), tie ribbon through the hole, and hang the mask up.

Kids enjoy wearing or admiring their masks, and pose for photos to show their masks off!

To see more examples of Day of the Dead masks, visit

By Daria from San Diego, CA

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By (Guest Post) 11/20/2007

Very cool!

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