Traditional design ideas for Mardi Gras masks include cone-shaped dunce masks, animal masks with feathers or fur, and masks that represent the mitres worn by clergy. Modern Mardi Gras mask design ideas include pirates, jokers, comedy and tragedy faces, butterflies and elegant sequined masks.
Traditional colors for Mardi Gras masks are gold, which stands for power; green, which stands for faith; and purple, which stands for justice. Masks are usually built on a plastic or wire frame, and materials vary from plastic and cardboard to porcelain and ceramic. Mardi Gras masks can be purchased, but many participants prefer to make their own individualized masks.