5 Little Ducks Party Masks & Bunting


Posted on 22nd September 2022 by Samantha Burrow
Filed under Projects And Cards By Type, Kids Craft Ideas

First you need to create the basic duck face image on Cricut Design Space. There are a lot of duck options, but for this creation I wanted to try making my own design from scratch.

I started by drawing out a simple, but cute, duck face on my Procreate software. Using this software, I was able to save the image to my files in a high quality ‘.png’ format with the background removed. There are other software options available, or you can even scan or photograph your own hand drawn image.

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In Cricut Design Space open a new project and click the Upload button. Select your duck face image from your own photos or files.

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Using the tools at the bottom, you can remove areas of solid colour, backgrounds, or use the eraser to rub out unwanted lines. For this first upload, you will need to remove all the white areas, taking care around edges of the image.

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When you’ve removed the white areas of the duck head, click Apply and you will see two upload options, ‘Cut’ and ‘Print The Cut’. For this design, select Cut, give your image a name and click Upload.

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Repeat the upload steps above, this time focusing on the beak. Using the Remove and Erase tools, remove all of the duck image except the whole beak.

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Click Apply, select ‘Cut’ again, add a file name and click Upload.

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Repeat the upload steps a final time, this time focusing on the lighter orange areas of the beak. You can zoom in on the image to ensure all the lines are smoothed out when erasing.

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Click Apply, select ‘Cut’ again, add a file name and click Upload.

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Back on the canvas screen, change the colours of each image shape to reflect your chosen card colours.

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Duck Mask Instructions

To set up your image to make the duck masks, first click on the duck head image and duplicate so you have two identical head images. Align centrally to each other.

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With the top head image selected, change the colour to white. Then in the Action Panel click Contour. Remove the larger outline line of the head and also the two smaller eye circles in each eye.

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Now select the bottom head image and click Contour again. This time remove the outer eye outline and the two smaller circles in each eye.

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Line the two beak images together and then position them on the head. Select the four images together and in the Action Panel click Group. You can now resize the whole image to fit your child’s face. I personally set mine to a width of 6.5” for a two-year old child.

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Duck Bunting Instructions

To create matching bunting, click Upload and select ‘Open Uploaded Images’. Select the three duck mask images and click Add.

Change the colours of the images as above, this time duplicate the main head image so you have three. Colour one black, one white and one yellow.

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Select all three head images and align centrally to each other. Click on the black head image and in the Action Panel, click Contour. Remove the main head outline and the outer outline of the eyes.

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Click on the white head image and click Contour again. Remove the main head outline and all the smaller circles in both eyes.

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Click on the yellow head image and click Contour again. This time remove all outlines except the main head.

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Line the two beak images together and then position them on the head. Select the four images together and in the action panel click Group.

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Change the size of the duck head to a width of 3.0”. Insert a triangle shape, rotate 180° and resize to 4.0” x 5.0”. Change the colour to match the main duck head.

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Click on the triangle and in the Edit Panel, click Offset. Change the distance to -0.2” and corners to sharp (not rounded), then click done.

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This will create a perfectly smaller inner triangle shape. Change this new triangle to the dark orange colour of the duck’s beak.

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Insert a circle shape, resize to 0.2” and duplicate. Line up the two circles level with each other but around 2.5” apart. Select them both together an in the Action Panel, click Weld.

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Duplicate the welded circles so you have two sets and align them centrally to each other. With both sets selected, line them up approximately 0.15” down from the top of the orange triangle.

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Select the yellow triangle and one set of welded circles together and in the Action Panel, click Slice. Repeat this with the orange triangle and the other welded circles image. Delete all the sliced circles until you only have the two triangles left, which should both have perfectly aligned holes. Group the two triangle images together.

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You can now click Make It and follow the on screen instructions to cut your design shapes. In the first screen you can change the project copies to the number of bunting flags or masks you need.

When your images are cut, use glue or doubled sided tape to fix the pieces together. You could also cut some lettering for your bunting to create decorative announcements.

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