Christine’s Paper Mache Mask


Today’s guest post comes from Christine Majul. You’ll remember Christine from her contributions to our Practical Paper Mache project. Now, here’s her post:


I decided to take a break from my vessel and basket projects to put my spin on Halloween masks.  I was looking for an inspiration and I found a flat African based mask for children online and used it for my inspiration.

I used a folded piece of aluminum foil and made a form of my face. I cut out the form and made a rude outline on cardboard.  I used the make a simple mask tutorial to make the armature and shape.  I used folded paper and a plastic bag and duct tape to mold it to the cardboard.

Making the Armature
Making the Armature

I made a form for the eyes and the nose and put on top the armature and covered it with red cling wrap and started applying the strips of paper made with homemade flour recipe.

Armature Ready for Paper Mache
Armature Ready for Paper Mache

To make this dry faster I had to put this in the oven on warm and let it dry for a few hours.  That way, I could take it off the mold in a lot less time if I had let it dry naturally.  It is now cold and humid and drying would have taken a few weeks.  And, added a few more layers of paper strips to make it stronger and dried in the oven each time.

Paper Mache Added, Holes Cut for Eyes and Nostrils
Paper Mache Added, Holes Cut for Eyes and Nostrils

I used my inspiration mask to paint the face of the mask.

This mask does not hold a candle to the talents of Corey’s eight grade class, which are impressive and show a lot of creativity, but I had the fun and pleasure in making it.  I intend to add a few more embellishments to this mask and I hope to show off the really finished product.

Finished Paper Mache Mask
Finished Paper Mache Mask

Thank you, Christine!

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1 thought on “Christine’s Paper Mache Mask

  1. I forgot to show how I got my inspiration for the mask and some of the interesting problems that I found and am having a quandary solving. I went on the internet and found this children’s mask. I liked the rafia on the mask and wanted to incorporate in on the mask. I got into a quandary. How do I put the rafia on the mask? I tried cutting the rafia short and found that it would stick out in odd directions. Do I put the long rafia on the top and let it hang? I found some twine, should I use that instead? Do I put holes in the mask and where do I put those holes? I will incorporate the inspiration of the rafia in some sort of way, logistics got in the way. But that is half the fun of projects like these. I get to think outside of my box.

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