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Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play

Make the Lion Headdress Masks for the Lion King Jr. Play

$48  –  $28

Save $20 when you buy the 4-pattern set. To purchase the individual Lion Mask patterns, see below.

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play

These printable PDF patterns help you make beautiful Lion King Jr headdress masks, even if you’ve never made a theater mask before.

Your young actors will be proud to wear them – and you can proudly say “I made them myself!” 

Also available individually for $12 each –

Simba Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play

Mufasa or Grown-Up Simba

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play
Lioness Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play

Lioness – Sarabi or Grown-Up Nala

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play
Young Simba or Nala Mask for the Lion King Play

Young Simba or Nala

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play
Scar Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play

Scar

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play

Approximate finished size:

About 10 inches (25.4 cm) high, 10.5 inches (20.32 cm) wide and 12 inches (30.48 cm) deep, not including the mane. You can easily change the size of the cap portion to fit the actors who will be wearing the masks on stage.

How to make your Lion King Jr. masks

Note: Be sure to watch the videos below for more details about how the masks are made.

Print the Lion King Jr mask patterns

Print the pattern, stick it to cereal box cardboard, and cut out the pieces.

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play

Tape the pattern pieces together, as shown in the video below. Instructions also come with the patterns.

Add one layer of paper mache, using newspaper or recycled brown paper from amazon.com boxes

Add one layer of paper mache, using wood glue or cooked flour and water paste.

Lion King Jr Masks, add paint and mane

Bring your lions alive with acrylic paint, and add a mane for Mufasa, grown-up Simba, and Scar.

$28 for the complete 4-pattern set*

*To purchase the patterns individually, see above.

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Watch the videos below to learn more about the Lion King headdress mask patterns:

Taping the Lion King Jr. Mask Pieces Together:

The four different lions all have different shapes, so their pieces will be a little different, too. But they will all go together in basically the same way. You can see how they’re taped together in the video below.

Be sure to look at the instructions that come with the patterns, too. This especially applies to Scar (because he’s always a troublemaker :) ).

Note: If you’re looking for the videos for the original mask patterns, (the ones without the numbers on the edges), scroll down below.

Adding Paper Mache to Your Lion Masks:

I often recommend the wood glue for theater masks, because it’s so strong and it dries really fast. But in this video I do a side-by-side comparison between the glue and the cooked flour and water
paste. They do both work, but there are some big differences in the final masks – so watch the video before you decide which one to use when you add the paper mache to your masks.

Painting Lion Eyes:

I ‘cheated’ when I painted the eyes on my lions, because it’s hard for me to get both pupils looking in the same direction. So instead of just using acrylic paint for the pupils, I used round pieces of black tissue paper over a gel medium.

Most people just paint their lions’ eyes the normal way, but the video also has some tips for making the eyes really bright so they make a big impression on stage.

How to Dye a Raffia Mane:

There are many ways to make a mane for a Lion King lion. One of the easiest ways is to use a raffia “Tiki Bar Fringe.” To make each lion stand out, their manes can be dyed a different color, and I show you how in this video.

To see how other people have made manes for their Lion King Jr. masks, using many different materials, scroll down this page.

To make your lion masks you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • 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.

$28 for the complete 4-pattern set*

*To purchase the patterns individually, see above.

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My downloadable PDF Patterns come with full instructions.

There’s no waiting for your pattern to arrive, and no shipping costs, so you can start on your project right away.

Click here if you’d like to know more about how the patterns are delivered. (If you’ll be saving your pattern to and iPhone or iPad, they do tend to hide your files. You can scroll down this page to see how to find them.)

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.  😀

Videos for the Original Lion King Jr Mask Patterns (the Ones Without the Numbers on the Edges)

More Lion King Headdress Patterns:

Have you made a Lion King mask that you’d like to show off?

Upload a photo or two on the Daily Sculptors Page. Our community would love to see how it came out. :)

Some of the masks that have been made with patterns from the Lion King collection:

Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?

If you have a question about putting your pattern together or painting it, leave a comment below or on the Daily Sculptors page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might ideas for you, too — we have a very supportive community on this site.

Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play
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*To purchase the patterns individually, see above.

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53 thoughts on “Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play”

  1. Do you ever make and sell silicone molds? I am making 7 lions for a Daniel in the Lions den party for 50 little boys at church. I have a fill size blow up Lion I am going to attempt to paper mache, but the face is cartoon like and I’m not sure I can make one myself. A silicone mold would be great to create 7 all the same.

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    • Hi Debbie. I don’t sell silicone molds, but many people make multiple lions using the patterns on this page. You can make them larger if you need to, by printing them bigger. That sounds like a fun party for the kids. :)

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      • I should have mentioned that it could be faster using the patterns instead of a mold, because a paper mache casting in a mold has to dry completely before it can be used again.

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  2. good morning
    i’m from Zimbabwe I’m trying to pay for a couple of your lion king patterns by my payment is not going through. please help.

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    • I’m sorry about the payment problems. A lot of people who don’t live in the US have recently been having the same problem, but it isn’t something I can help with. Your bank might be able to explain why it isn’t working. Have you tried using PayPal?

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  3. Hi Jonni,
    Did you ever try the Titebond 3 glue with blue shop towels? I want to make a large, strong, lightweight puppet and I’m thinking of using those, over a clay form which will be removed. Going to do a sample but just wondered if you’d tried it.

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    • I haven’t tried it, but I would love to know if it works. I know that flour and water paste doesn’t work well with the shop towels, but if you add just a little water to the wood glue, the towels should absorb it, and when it dries is would be quite hard. Theoretically, anyway. It’s a great idea for an experiment, so please let us know how it turns out. :)

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    • I just used the brown paper that comes as filler an Amazon.com boxes. My main reason for using it is that it looks better in my videos than newspaper with all the printing and photos on it. The brown paper is only slightly thicker than newspaper, so newspaper will work just fine.

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  4. I am new at this. I want to make a 12 to 18 inch santa, next to a chimney with a bag of toys on left shoulder. This is to replicate one my mother made back 1950s!
    I have pictures and will try your recipe
    Thank you for sharing.
    Barbara

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