Easy Clownfish Mask
Printable PDF Template for a Paper Mache Clownfish Mask
With those bright red stripes and that famous “Nemo” look, your new mask will definitely make you stand out in the crowd. And once you have everyone’s attention, you can proudly say “I made it myself!”
This mask is designed to cover an adult head. You can print the pattern larger or smaller if you need to make it a different size.
How to Make Your Clownfish Mask:
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.
Note: If you’ll be saving your pattern to and iPhone or iPad, those devices like to hide your downloaded files. You can read this article 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. 🙂
Watch the Videos Below to See How to Make Your Clownfish Mask
1: Taping the Pattern Pieces Together
In this video you can see how to cut out the pattern pieces, and then tape them together to form all the shapes of your mask. Towards the end, you can also see how to add a hole behind the side fins for a strap that you can use to tie under your chin so you won’t lose your mask if you go dancing. 🙂
2: Adding Paper Mache to Your Mask
I used just one layer of newspaper strips and cooked flour and water paste. The combination of paper mache over the cereal box cardboard will make a very strong but slightly flexible mask. I also added a small amount of details around the eyes with some crumpled foil, and used some crumpled paper to make the side fins stand out.
3: Painting the Clownfish Mask
The painting is really easy, because the fish only has three colors – Cadmium Red Light, White, and Black. The hard part is waiting for the paint to dry. 🙂
To Make Your Clownfish Mask You’ll Need:
- The pattern, saved to your device
- Access to a Printer
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper instead of labels
- The front and back from from 3 1/2 standard-sized cereal boxes, or 7 pieces of letter-sized “light chipboard*” that you can purchase online.
- Sharp scissors for cutting cereal box cardboard
- Clear plastic tape and masking tape. Note: Don’t use disappearing gift wrap tape – it isn’t strong enough.
- Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay. Find recipes here.
- Acrylic gesso or latex primer
- Acrylic paint and acrylic varnish.
- If purchasing cardboard in place of the cereal boxes, it will be sold as “light chipboard.” Medium or heavy chipboard is too stiff to bend well.
- Two straps to tie under your chin. A pair of white shoe laces would be perfect
Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?
If you have a question about putting your mask pattern together, 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.
Or send an email, if you prefer. That works, too. 🙂