First go through your bag of feathers and find the longest and nicest ones, I used about 5 for mine. Use those ones for the flourish on the side. I used a hot glue gun to attach these because only the stem is attached to the mask and a good hold is necessary.
Once the side feathers are secure, you can start covering the whole mask with smaller feathers. Starting at the base of the already glued feathers begin using feathers to cover the core of the other ones. Do this by overlapping them as you go, moving from right to left.
To attach the main feathers, spread a layer of tacky glue on the mask and gently place the feather over top. Don't push the feather down into the glue though, it will make them too stiff and they won't look nice.
|Sorry for the fuzzy picture!|
This is what your mask should look like once all the excess feathers are trimmed. If you find that the feathers are a little too puffy for your liking go ahead and lightly give it a coating of hairspray. I found that hairspray gave it the best hold without making it overly stiff like sealer spray would.
Once the feathering was all done I decided to add some embellishments.
I chose to add some opaque glitter to my mask and to do so I lightly hairsprayed the mask then sprinkled glitter over top. To seal the glitter on I used the hairspray again. It held the glitter nicely but didn't make the mask too stiff at all.
After the glitter I added a few rhinestones for some extra sparkle.
Now that the mask is done, you have two choices on how to hold it for Mardi Gras. You can either glue a painted dowel rod to the back of the mask and hold it throughout the night, or you can put some ribbon through the original mask holes (as seen in the above picture) and tie it around your head to free up your hands. It really depends on how your feeling.
Voila- your fabulous feather mask is done! Go have a fabulous night!