Pattern for a Paper Mache Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture

Downloadable Pattern for a

Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture


Pattern for a Paper Mache Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture

Wear your cow mask to a party or in a play, and then use it as wall art – it makes a great addition to your decor.

Jersey cow mask
Paper mache cow mask
Cow Mask pattern before paper mache is added

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. 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.  😀

How to use the pattern to create a cow mask or wall sculpture:

You’ll use 1 1/2 cereal boxes and a few scraps of cardboard from a shipping box to create your cow. Just print the pattern and put it on your cardboard. Then cut out all the pieces and tape them together, following the detailed instructions that come with your downloadable pattern (PDF).

Cover the assembled cardboard pattern with just one layer of paper mache. (See the second video below).  Then paint your cow, using the colors and spots of your favorite breed of cow for your model.

Finished size: About 8 inches (20 cm) high, 15.5 inches (39 cm) wide and 12 inches (30 cm) deep for the wearable helmet-style mask or 10 inches (25 cm) deep for the wall sculpture.

Pattern for a Paper Mache Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture
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Watch these videos to learn more about the cow mask:

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To make the cow mask or wall sculpture you will need:

  • Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels
  • Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
  • Cardboard from 2 standard-sized cereal boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard from shipping boxes.
    Scissors and craft knife or box cutter
  • Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
    Aluminum foil
  • One 2” Styrofoam ball
    Bread knife, to cut the ball
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paper strips and paste
  • Acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic paint and matte varnish
  • Nail polish and false eyelashes (optional)
cow mask pattern pieces and instructions
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Pattern for a Paper Mache Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture

18 thoughts on “Pattern for a Paper Mache Cow Mask or Wall Sculpture”

  1. Hi Joni,

    I am making a cow costume for my daughters high school play, Into the Woods, and wondered if your cow mask would be strong enough and if it would large enough for my daughter? She is 5’9” tall but will be bent over and have on stilts for her arms so she can look like she is on all fours. I LOVE your cow face and would like to use it but I’m just now sure… thanks for all your help.

  2. Hi Everyone

    If I decide to go for clay instead of strips does it still make sense to use the temporary brace piece? I thought clay would harden it enough. Will still cover the inside with paper marche
    Secondly, if using a different paint to acrylic is there need for Gesso? I think it’s a primer for acrylic and if using anything else like FX Paint with primer in it could I save the Gesso money?
    Kind regards

    • Hi Alexia. I would use the back piece at least until the paper mache and paper mache clay are dry. The cardboard could change shape during the drying process, and the back piece keeps everything where it belongs. After everything is dry, and if you don’t need the back piece to hang it on your wall, you can use a craft knife to remove it. The gesso seals the paper mache so we can use less acrylic paint to get a nice coat, and I haven’t used FX paint so I don’t know if it’s needed. If you don’t use a separate primer with your paint, the gesso is probably not needed.

  3. Hi, Jonni
    I need some help actually. I’m using the Elmer’s art paste that you showed us in your video since I can’t use flour.I mixed it with water and waited 15 minutes like the instructions say and like you showed, but after using it to apply the newspaper strips to the inside of the cow mask and giving it some time to dry, I’m noticing that it is not drying like paper mache, it looks more as if i just used regular glue and glued newspaper to the inside of the cardboard structure. Did I do something wrong? Honestly, this is my first time using paper mache since I didn’t know of any flour free recipes prior to this. I’ve worked with plaster strips on clay, however, and this is not hardening like that at all or like how I imagine it’s supposed to. Any ideas on what I could have done wrong or how to fix it?

    • Hi Victoria. I’m not sure what could be going wrong. I used just four layers of paper for my African mask and the Elmer’s Art Paste, with no cardboard at all, and it turned out to be surprisingly strong. It does dry clear, like glue. Is it possible that it just hasn’t had time to dry yet? If you add a layer of paper mache to the front of your cow, and it still doesn’t seem to be working right, let us know – maybe one of our other readers can help us find a solution.

  4. You really did outstanding work on this piece. Very, very true to form. Great Work!!! I haven’t gone back to completing my horse head mount, due to losing sight in the one eye I had cataract surgery on last year…but am determined to complete it, nevertheless. When I do, you’ve given me the the idea to use false eyelashes on my girl. Good idea! Thank You.

    • Thanks, Sharon. But I’m so sorry you’re having problems with your sight. Is there any way for the docs to reverse the damage? I seem to remember your horse very close to finished the last time we saw it, but my brain sometimes makes stuff up. Do you have much work left to do?

      • Thank you Jonni for your kind thoughts. As to your question regarding the doctors, I was sent to 3. The 1st one, the surgeon who removed the cataract and replaced the lens, had a conniption fit in the office,then referred me to a Specialist, who then advised me to take his results to my physician telling me “who would know what to do”… my doctor then did a biopsy to determine if the loss of sight in that eye, was an eye disease which would eventually move to the other eye and cause blindness in it as well, which it wasn’t, that disease she tested for. Then she told me that there was a controversy as to whether or not, eye lens replacement during cataract surgery can and does cause this. That was it, facing the uncertain decision I have to make about doing my other eye, which my “doc” told me needed to be done. Anyway, long story here which has taken a longer time to write due to my vision…but I AM going to finish my girl….it’s just taking longer than I could have ever thought when I started her.

  5. Jonni,

    That cow is so sweet. The eyes say it all and I think lashes are very important. When I do lashes, I unravel sisal twine and line up the separate strands and cut to look like lashes. I then use a piece of masking tape and tape it to the sisal lashes the long way, only halfway in. Then I tape that piece to the paper mâché sculpture, add paper mâché, etc.

    I bet you have a better way. I haven’t checked out your video so I don’t know. I must say your pieces are so refined and you can tell that you love animals. It shows in your work. It is truly inspiring.

    • Hi Patricia. Using sisal twine for lashes is an excellent idea! I just bought some fake eyelashes at Walmart. They’re adorable when you can see the mask up close, but if it was used for a play, they’re much too fine to be seen. Your idea would work much better. Thanks!


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