Masks and capes make heroic crusaders out of birthday party guests.

By Jocelyn Worrall

What You'll Need

Capes:

  • Adult-sized t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Pom-poms
  • Fabric glue
  • Ball fringe (optional)
  • Rickrack (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue (optional)

Masks:

  • Download template below
  • Scissors
  • Stiff felt
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • ?-inch elastic

Make It

Capes:

  1. Trace a cape shape on the back of a t-shirt and cut it out. Be sure to leave the neckband intact for use as the neck of the cape.
  2. Cut a slit at the front of the neckband and attach self-adhesive Velcro to either side, creating a fastener for the cape.
  3. Cut out a variety of shapes, in different sizes, from the self-adhesive felt. (We made stars, lightening bolts, circles, hearts, and letters for the children's names.)
  4. Pre-glue pom-poms to circles of self-adhesive felt.
  5. Children can add self-adhesive shapes and felt-backed pop-poms to their capes. Parents can help hot glue ball fringe or rickrack trim to capes, if desired.

Masks:

  1. Download the mask template below. Print and cut out your template.
  2. Trace the shape onto your stiff felt, and cut out the mask base.
  3. Cut a 14" length of elastic. Cut out two small self-adhesive felt squares. Attach the elastic to either end of the mask with a square of self-adhesive felt squares.
  4. Cut out various small shapes from self-adhesive felt.
  5. Children can decorate with small shapes of self-adhesive felt.
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