Mardi Gras Crafts and Activities

Find many fun ideas for Mardi Gras crafts, games, and other activities

Mardi gras masks
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Mardi Gras day is on Tuesday, February 12th in 2013. The date for Mardi Gras, also called Fat Tuesday, changes every year; it is always 46 days before Easter.

Some things associated with this special day are parades, parties, beads, and masks. There are 3 colors associated with Mardi Gras: Purple (symbolizes justice), Green (symbolizes faith), and Gold (symbolizes power).

Click on the categories below to be taken to pages with suggestions for crafts, decorations and other activities to help you celebrate with your family!


Make these fun crafts - great for decorations and party favors, or make them just for the fun of it.


  • Make a purple, gold, and green collage.


  • Create your own miniature Mardi Gras Float.


  • Make a mask!


  • Make a fun craft foam crown or a purple, green, and gold jester hat.


  • Make some homemade beads for necklaces or some of these other jewlery crafts.


  • Homemade Mardi Gras party poppers would make a nice tabletop decoration and gift.


  • Here are patterns for beaded safety pins: Mardi Gras Masks and Mardi Gras Beads.


  • Cut small circles out of paper or lightweight cardboard. Paint them gold and make a handful of Doubloons (similar to these gold coins).


  • If you will be going to a Mardi Gras parade, make a treasure sack to put all your goodies in.


  • Celebrate with an easy-to-make Mardi Gras Noise Maker or some of these other musical crafts.


  • Make some greeting cards using this Mardi Gras clip art.


Here are some easy decorating ideas you can use to add some festive color to any room.


  • Make fancy purple, green, and gold candles and candle holders to set up around the room.


  • Hang up green, purple, or gold streamers or curling ribbon. You can also make paper chains.


  • String purple, green, and gold Christmas tree lights around the room.


  • Make your own confetti by using a paper punch on construction paper. You can even buy paper punches in fancy shapes at craft stores.


  • Make a festive pinata for a fun decoration or as a party game.


Here are some suggestions for more Mardi Gras activities along with some additional resources.


  • Put on your own parade. Decorate everything with purple, gold, and green streamers.


  • Learn about King Cakes and then try making one.


  • Go on a pretend treasure hunt to find Doubloons.


  • Read this page with many Mardi Gras FAQs.


  • Try some of these Creole Recipes.


  • Explore some Mardi Gras activities and crafts from ChildFun.