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Friday, March 2, 2012

Fruit Mask Balloon Craft

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This is a kind of odd craft my daughter brought home from her Japanese elementary school. It's a fruit mask that has inflatable parts. The concept was using a plastic bag or glove and straws to make a hidden inflatable effect. The long one is a disposable umbrella baggy that's common in Japan. This Fruit mask was the end result, but you could make it any theme.

Materials:

  • piece of colored construction paper or card stock
  • 5x1.5 inch rectangle from card stock or construction paper
  • plastic glove
  • plastic bag, preferably a long skinny one
  • 2 bendable straws
  • tape
  • markers
  • scissors or box cutter

Directions:

  1. Fold the sheet of card stock in half and open again. Glue the small rectangle in the center of the sheet on the back side.
  2. Cut a small rectangle near the top for a window and a small hole near the bottom for the straw to go through.
  3. Flatten your plastic glove and bag and draw on colorful fruit, animals, or other themes with markers.
  4. Decorate the front of the card stock with markers.
  5. Insert one straw through the small hole and tape the other to the rectangle. Tape together at the bottom.
  6. Tape the plastic glove and bag over the ends or the straws so they are airtight.
  7. Hold the mask up to your face and blow through the straws.


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