My Most Popular Patterns:

Four Different Armature Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks


Save $10 when you buy the 4-pattern set.

Use these downloadable armature patterns to create four different realistic animal sculptures and masks.

The patterns give you a fast start on the most popular paper mache projects on this site.

This set includes patterns for two different masks, the lion and wolf, that you can wear to a party or display on your wall (like I do). Also included are two life-sized baby elephants – the African elephant wall sculpture and the standing Indian elephant.

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full illustrated instructions: You’ll be able to download your pattern right after you order. You’ll also receive an email with the download link, and a separate receipt. The emails may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see them, be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

Who are these patterns for?

  • If you’re in a hurry, these patterns will help you complete your projects faster – perhaps days faster than starting from scratch. 
  • If you enjoy painting more than you enjoy sculpting, these patterns help you create a 3-dimensional “canvas” that you can start painting on as soon as one layer of paper mache is dry.
  • If you would like to try sculpting animals, but you don’t want to spend weeks learning how to get all the shapes right, these armature patterns help you create beautiful, realistic sculptures and masks, even if you’ve never done it before.

Who are they not for?

The patterns are not intended for small children. However, many kids have helped their parents and grandparents create sculptures and masks from these patterns. The kids have a lot of fun, they’re proud of the sculptures they help create, and their grownups enjoy the bonding experience while  creating  something beautiful with their kids.

But please – don’t expect very young children to use these patterns without your help. For that, the artist should be thirteen or older.

How do the patterns work?

The armature patterns create all the basic shapes for you. Just cut them out of card stock or cardboard, as the instructions indicate, tape them together, and cover them with just one layer of paper mache or paper mache clay.

Then add your own creative touches and a coat of acrylic paint, and you’ll have four unique one-of-a-kind masks and sculptures that will be treasured for years.

If you’d rather make just one (or if you’d like to see the videos that show you how these masks and sculptures are made), click on the following links:


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

I love questions!

There are two ways to contact me:

The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment on this page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.

If you prefer to reach me privately, you can send me an email.  I’ll try to respond as quickly as I can, but if you don’t hear back from me within 24 hours, assume the cyberspace gremlins ate your email and try again.

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