There are some absolutely beautiful masks online for purchase, and while some are very affordable, unfortunately the shipping and handling costs as much as the masks alone. I am way too cheap for that. It was only for one night and very likely to get broken or lost in the crawl, so I looked for another alternative. I already had a big enough order to Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com) for a baby shower I was planning that the shipping was going to be free. I purchased a dozen plain, metallic masks for just about $9. My craft closet (aka, junk room) is already full of lots of stuff to decorate with. It really turned out pretty cute, and was super quick and simple to make.
I hope you have a super-fun Fat Tuesday!! Whatever you do, always remember to party smart and responsibly.