#1 has a slight obsession with episodes of PJ Masks. Now, we have gone through the phases: dinosaurs, Minions, dinosaurs again, PAW Patrol, PJ Masks, Toy Story, dinosaurs yet again. (These things seem to be cyclical.) Even now, as I type, #1 is watching YouTube episodes of PJ Masks toys.
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Hubs and I even have the theme song down pat, and no, we can’t think of a rhyme. If your little one’s are as obsessed as ours is, you get it.
Somehow, between learning about the show and characters, we reached the point of creating our own. Let me tell you how we did that.
Creating a PJ Masks Character
For a while, #1 identified with Catboy, claiming Hubs was Gekko and I was cast as Owlette. I’ll take it, she’s pretty cool with those wings. Then, he latched onto the actual names of the characters: Connor, Greg and Amaya. Since none of those are #1’s name, he needed his own PJ Masks character. Enter Mama.
Catboy is a mammal, Owlette is a bird, Gekko is a lizard. What did I have left to work with? Some sort of fish?
That’s what was settled on, if only for the fearsome teeth and ability to eat things.
As for the color, if red, green and blue were already taken, did I go with gray, since it’s a shark? Cat’s aren’t blue, so it didn’t need to be a logical color. We settled for yellow, #1’s favorite color and an easy primary color to join the PJ Masks.
If you’re stuck for ideas, just think about what’s already been taken: Catboy is blue, Gekko is green, Owlette is red. This is your creation, so be creative! Even if that means you make a pink Tigerman or green Eaglette.
Next came costume creation. A friend from undergrad has two little ones, also addicted to the nighttime masqueraders. She just threw a PJ Masks birthday party for one of them and posted some super cute ideas for décor. I quickly contacted her for patterns to the adorable character masks she had.
Turns out she bought them off Amazon, and while I could do that, I couldn’t get Sharky that way. She recommended Pinterest for templates, and lo and behold, about a dozen popped up.
I combined a few ideas I found and rushed to Hobby Lobby for some yellow felt.
My trusty glue gun, some Dollar Tree bakers’ twine, and a pair of scissors later and our PJ Masks character, Sharky, was born.
The masked crusader seems pleased with his new accouterments. But, how long he will show interest in it is another story.
Tomorrow I may have to craft a Jurassic World costume. Either way, right now this mask has awarded me the Mom of the Moment!
Make Your Own
To make your own mask, use my template and make necessary adjustments to fit your newly designed character.
Maybe an orange monkey or a purple turtle? Get crafting and share your creativity in the comments.
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