When the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series first came out, it was the same year that my son, DeAngelo, was born. Everyone heard his name “DeAngelo” and mistook it for “Michelangelo” from the TMNT. We had to keep saying, “No, that is not his name, his name is DeAngelo!”
As DeAngelo grew up, he fell in love with the series. So when I was asked to demo a TMNT craft for the local news for the new movie, I knew exactly what to make! A Michelangelo eye mask! And I had to have DeAngelo model it! OK, DeAngelo is 24 now, but he is still a kid at heart!
This is a SUPER easy method using T-shirts. I know you are used to seeing the traditional style mask from the cartoon series, but in the new movie that opens Friday, the masks are simply soft pieces of fabric, much like jersey. That’s why I opted for the T-shirts. you can find the shirts at the craft store for $2-3 each!
DIRECTIONS: Cut 4″ off the bottom of the shirt (cut off the hem too), then cut the eye notches. To give the mask structure around the eyes, add a strip of Aleene’s® Fabric Fusion® Tape on the top and bottom. Grip the eye area and stretch the tails of the mask. Don’t stretch the eye area though. That’s it! You’re done! The great thing is one XL shirt will yield at least three masks, great party craft!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens this Friday, August 8.