Mardi Gras Crafts with Kids

It is officially Carnival season, and we are here for it all! If you are looking for ways to enjoy Mardi Gras around Baton Rouge, we have you covered. 

You can enjoy all the feels of Mardi Gras without having to travel to New Orleans. Maybe you are planning to throw a Mardi Gras party this year and want to enjoy king cake? Looking for Mardi Gras Camps? Check out our Guide to Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Events and Camps. Don’t forget to check out all the things to do in Baton Rouge with kids!

Mardi Gras Crafts with Kids

With its delicious King Cakes, dozens of parades and glamorous balls, Mardi Gras is an exciting season for the whole family. Why not add to the fun with a few indoor activities as well? Try these crafts and create your own Mardi Gras parade!

Paper Plate Masks

What you’ll need:

  • Paper plate – white
  • Colors
  • Craft stick, painted
  • Stickers
  • Feathers
  • Hot glue gun
  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors

1. Cut the paper plate in half and a small triangle on the straight side to give space for the nose.

2. Use the X-Acto knife to cut eye holes; draw the shapes beforehand if necessary.

3. Color the mask and add stickers as desired.

4. Prepare to use the hot glue gun (your older child may be able to do steps 5-6 while supervised).

5. Hot glue the painted craft stick to the back, right side of the mask.

6. Hot glue feathers to the back side of the mask.


Mardi Gras Beads

What you’ll need:

  • Twizzlers – purple, green & yellow
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape

1. Cut the Twizzlers into small, bead-size pieces.

2. Pinch each piece to make sure the hole is visible.

3. Tape the thread to the table to make it easier for little hands.

4. String the Twizzler pieces onto the thread, one at a time.

5. Tie, wear (and eat)!


Hand Print Art: Throw Me Something, Mister!

What you’ll need:

  • Cardstock – white
  • Paint – purple, green and yellow
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper plate
  • Sharpie

1. Use a paintbrush to cover the hands in purple paint, including about an inch of the wrists (I chose to do one hand at a time).

2. Press one hand at a time onto the paper. Fill in any blank spaces in the handprints if necessary.

3. Pour a little green and yellow paint onto the paper plate.

4. One color at a time, create green and yellow beads with finger prints.

 5. With the Sharpie, write “Throw Me Something Mister!” on top and “Mardi Gras 2023.”

So assemble your own crowd of family and friends and turn up “Mardi Gras Mambo” while you get ready to wear your masks and throw out your beads! Happy Mardi Gras!

Jenny is originally from Kenner, LA, and considers herself a New Orleans girl at heart. She moved to Pineville in 2004 to attend college where she met her funny and always entertaining husband Brandon. Together they relocated to Baton Rouge almost 10 years ago and married in 2008. They added their joyful daughter Salem to the crew in April 2014, blue-eyed son Declan in July 2015, and baby Liesel in 2019 and now live in Zachary. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication/Journalism from LSU and has previously done some freelance writing. She now works full-time for the State of Louisiana. She and her family enjoy spending time together, making each other laugh and being a part of their church community. She loves wandering around Target, drinking coffee, watching HGTV, having people over and making any kind of craft.


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