Saturday, October 13, 2012

The RAFFLESIA flower mask

                 After a long time I tried this craft for my lil one's edu program...it was quite interesting to do this with the assistance of my daughter...the one we made is the Rafflesia flower mask...
 
                for your information, Rafflesia arnoldii is the largest flower in the world which is found in Indonesian rain forest....the plant has no leaves,stem or roots and the only thing it has is one huge flower which weighs upto 8kg...
 
           When i decided to make it, I just noted the original and inhaled the details present....red color,huge petals,white warts(uneven) which is huge in the petals and small in the diaphragm area which connects the petals....I planned to make it in a kid-friendly manner and finished it within one or couple hours...
 
The Rafflesia mask
 
what you will need:
two or three A4 sheet papers, red oil paper, glue, white paint, pencil, thin velvette ribbon(white color), scissors, brown color crayon
 
what to do:
(1) using the pencil draw the diaphragm of rafflesia onto the A4 sheet paper and make sure the inner opening fits into your lil ones face...then cut the diaphragm part and keep aside...
(2) and (3) also cut five petals by checking the size of petals to fix into the surrounding diaphragm...
  
 
 
(4) cut the red oil paper of the same shape and stick them onto the respective pieces on both sides....(5) and (6) stick the petals firmly on the diaphragm sheet, turn and see the half rafflesia made...
 
 
 
(7) paint the inner surrounding with brown color crayon to highlight the part....
(8) and (9) fold the petals slightly outward to give the fully open look...
 
 
(10) use your finger dipped in paint to mark the warts...spread the warts allover the petals(unevenly)...
(11) and (12) use the tip of finger(with slight nail and finger tip) stamp the small warts around the diaphragm and yes the flower is completed....
 
 
to tie the mask onto the face, put 3 holes and insert the velvette ribbon in the 3 holes....now the Rafflesia mask is ready...
 
the actual Rafflesia flower(image source
 
Note:
1) to make the flower mask to be more strong, make it as double layer by cutting each pieces 2 and stick one piece over the other....
2) to save time, you can even cut the oil paper pieces simultaneously by placing the paper along with A4 sheet..
3) if you want a simple Rafflesia, you can even draw the full flower onto a sheet and cut the shape and create the mask...