Valentine's Day is upon us and if you are my 5-year-old boy that means Spider-Man Valentine's!
I wanted to do something special for the kids in my son's pre-school class so I decided to make felt Spider-Man masks based on the pattern found over at Cutesy Crafts. I made these masks once before for my son's 5th birthday party. They were a HUGE hit there and many of the kids still play with them 3 months later so I knew they would be a welcomed gift instead of candy.
I did change a few things about the masks. I used 13 inches of elastic instead of 14 because I noticed as the masks from the birthday party were worn so often the elastic stretched out and became loose.
I used puffy paint to make the webs instead of sewing them on because hey, I was making 10 of these things and I wanted to save time. In honor of V-Day I also made the center ring of the spider web a heart shape.
Also in an effort to save time, I hot glued everything together. I did this for the birthday masks as well and they have held up nicely. I used lots of glue on the elastic and around the eyes. After I put the two sides of the mask together with the elastic in between I went back and checked for spots I missed around the edges and eyes.
All in all the masks probably took about an hour, not including the puffy paint dry time. The most time consuming thing was cutting them all out and then cutting out all the eye holes. I worked while I watched TV in the evening so it wasn't that bad.
The shirt was also fairly easy. I used the Spider-Man mask temple to draw the eyes on a red piece of felt, then drew a heart shape around that, added the webbing using Puffy Paint and zig-zagged it to a shirt
Once my 3-year-old little boy got a look at the Spider-Man Valentine shirt I was told I had to make him one too. My 3-year-old is into Iron Man so thus, using the Iron Man mask template over at Cutesy Crafts I made an Iron Man Heart Shirt in the same way I made the Spider-Man one.
(He wouldn't look at the camera)
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!