Also available individually for $12 each –
*The Young Simba or Nala pattern can also be used to make a baby tiger mask.
How to Make Your Lion King Headdress Masks:
Print the pattern, stick it to cardboard, and cut out the pieces.
Tape the pieces together and add foam balls for eyes.
Add one layer of strong, fast-drying paper mache.
Bring your mask to life with acrylic paint (and maybe a mane)
This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions. That means there’s no waiting and no shipping costs, and you can start on your project right away.
Click here if you’d like to know more about how the patterns are delivered. And remember – if you have any problems downloading your files or putting your pattern together, just let me know. I’m always happy to help. 😀
Approximate finished size of the adult lions: About 10 inches (25.4 cm) high, 10.5 inches (20.32 cm) wide and 12 inches (30.48 cm) deep, not including the raffia mane. The lioness and lion cub are slightly smaller.
How to make your lion masks:
- Print the pattern on copy paper or full-sheet labels.
- Attach the pattern pieces to cereal box cardboard.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Tape them together. (See the video below that shows you how).
- Add a few bits of crumpled foil for the nostrils, eyelids and ears.
- Add super-strong paper mache using wood glue and brown paper. (See the video below).
- Give your adult male lions a raffia mane. (See the video below to see how to dye the raffia so all your lions will have different-colored manes). You could also use yarn, feathers, or any material of your choice.
Watch the videos below to learn more about the Lion King headdress mask patterns:
To make your lion masks you’ll need:
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern (the full-sheet labels are much easier to use)
- Cardboard from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes for each mask*
- Sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
- Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
- 1 ½” (4 cm) Styrofoam ball, cut in half
- Aluminum foil
- Glue gun
Paper strips and paste (or use Titebond III wood glue, like I did – recommended, see video)
- Spray primer – black for the back, and white or tan for the front
- Acrylic paint and matte varnish
- Golden brand Soft Gel Gloss and black tissue paper for the eyes (optional – see the video above)
- Black felt (optional but recommended). I had to buy a package of assorted colors, but one sh1eet of 8” x 11” felt is enough for several headdress masks.
- Raffia “Tiki Bar Fringe,” for manes. (One 24’ long skirt is enough for several adult male lion masks).
* If purchasing cardboard in place of the cereal boxes, it will be sold as “light chipboard.” The thickness will be about 24pt or 1/41 of an inch. Medium or heavy chipboard is too stiff to bend well.
*To purchase the patterns individually, see above.
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