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Man has never been content with living a mundane existence. No wonder, events like carnivals, balls, parties, galas and masquerades have been such an important part of history. These carnivals were not only known for their extravagance but also for their ensembles, costumes and of course the most famous element of all- masks.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

An Escape from Reality

Whether it was about white and black masquerade masks or the more elaborate and colourful versions, in the middle ages, masks helped the people to escape their reality. By donning these masks, the world became a surreal domain where everyone could indulge in sinful pleasures without having to worry about repercussions.

So, the masters tolerated the good-natured jibes from their servants, couples could live their fantasy of escaping the bondages and a celebrity could do anything without being judged or condemned for his act. On a more romantic note, these masks could liberate a lover from the shackles of his status and allow him to express his feelings towards the love of his life.

The Return of the Masks

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Though they were banned time and again by various leaders and institutions, masquerade masks have always been a hot favourite with the masses and royalty alike. Movies were made and stories were written about allure of these black and white masquerade masks.

Today, though life has changed and people no longer need to worry about concealing their feelings for their loved one, yet donning these masks at parties and soirees has its own charm. For one, the colors black and white goes with every outfit, no matter what the colour. Secondly, a white mask is sure to make your countenance appears brighter.

Power Play

Black masks are perfect for evenings, where some kind of power play is expected. An office masquerade party is an ideal example. They are sober yet depict power and style, which is what you need in such situations.

Despite the umpteen designs and colours that have been introduced by the modern day fashion designers, their timelessness and classy look has ensured that black masquerade masks are still a hot favourites amongst the young and old alike.

Brides love white masks because they give them that much needed glow on their special day and make them look young and innocent.

An investment

Some may think that investing in a masquerade mask is an extravagance especially if one does find use of them on a regular basis.

However, a good masquerade mask can not only add some elegance to your attire at an event, but it can also find a special place in your living room once it has served its purpose.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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