Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache

Dragon Mask Pattern


Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache

This dragon mask is easy to make, with just a few pieces of cereal box cardboard, a layer of paper mache, and some paint.

No sculpting experience is needed – the  pattern creates all the shapes for you. You decide what your dragon’s horns will look like, and paint him with your favorite dragon colors.

Your mask will catch the attention of everyone who sees it — and you can proudly say “I made it myself!”

How to Make Your Dragon Mask:

Print the pattern pieces, attach them to cardboard, and cut them out.
Print the pattern pieces, attach them to cardboard, and cut them out.
Taping the dragon mask together
Tape the pieces together.
Add paper strips and paste.
Add paper strips and paste.
Paint your dragon with your favorite colors
Paint your dragon with your favorite colors.

Full instructions come with the pattern. You can also refer back to the helpful video on this page to see how all the pieces are taped together.

Finished size: About 10 inches (25.4 cm) high, 9 inches (22.86 cm) wide and 18 inches (45.72 cm) deep – but the finished size depends on how long you make the horns.

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.  😀

Blue water dragon made from the dragon mask pattern
Blue water dragon made from the dragon mask pattern
Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache
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How to Tape the Pieces Together:

Red dragon made from the dragon mask pattern
Red dragon made from the dragon mask pattern.

To Make Your Dragon Mask You Will Need:

  • The Pattern
  • Access to a Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels
  • Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
  • Cardboard from 4 standard-sized cereal boxes.
  • 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.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun
  • Paper strips and paste (find recipes here) I used lightweight brown paper with Titebond III Wood Glue.
  • Acrylic gesso or latex primer
  • Acrylic paint and varnish, any colors you choose

* 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.

Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache
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When you finish your dragon mask…

We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos – and tell us about your dragon, too.

:) Featured by Twinkl inYear of The Dragon Crafts

Some dragon masks made with this pattern:

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.

Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache

11 thoughts on “Dragon Mask Pattern for Paper Mache”

  1. Hello Hello amazing person! We just found your YouTube video of your beautiful dragon mask. My 7 year old daughter wants to make a dragon mask so before I buy your awesome pattern I have a few questions.
    1. Do you think this could be made to fit a child?
    2. Do you think there is scope for me to alter it a little so that the bottom jaw opens and closes via an elastic band under my daughter’s own jaw?
    We would love to hear from you!
    Many thanks,
    Jacqui (and Harriet)

    • Hi Jacqui. You can make the dragon any size you want, just by printing it smaller. I don’t know exactly what percentage you’d need to print it at, but you could try 90% or 95%. I haven’t tried to make the dragon with an open jaw – you’d need to experiment with it. If the first try doesn’t work the way you want it to, you can print the pieces again and give it another try. Have fun! :)

  2. Jonni,
    I had so much fun making this mask for my husband for Christmas. I didn’t paint it to be sure it fit. His head is too big. The pattern explains how to make it smaller, but hoe do I go bigger? I already put the scales on and paper mached with tight bond III, so not sure about cutting down the center. Could I cut on either side and add long skinny tringles to make the mask bigger? Or is there a better way? Thanks for your help and a very merry holiday season to you!

    • Hi Robin. Your plan sounds like it would work very well. Or you could cut it down the back and add one triangle between the two halves. I’m afraid you’d need more paper mache and more scales, though. I hope you’ll show it off on the Daily Sculptors page when it’s done. :)

    • I find that adding a piece in the shape of an isosceles triangle with a 1 3/4″ base and 7″ high to the back of the mask where the two halves meet gives enough room for people who wear a larger hat size.

      Rob Knight

  3. I happened to run across your webpage while searching for recipes for papier-mâché your dragon mask is just what I need. However I don’t need it for a human. I’m hoping to be able to scale up the drawings to make A dragon for a parade. Is this possible

    • Hi Rich. Yes, the patterns can be printed larger to make the finished mask bigger. As long as each page is printed at the same percentage, all the pieces will fit. Most people who do this take the file to their local printer, so the full pages can be printed on larger paper. I don’t know of anyone who has made the dragon mask larger, but look at how this giraffe came out when the pattern was enlarged, so you can see that it really does work. :)

  4. Hi,
    Do you have any tips on this dragon mask with a neck like the giraffe,. So he would be weighted and set on a shelf? How would that be possible?
    Love your creativity and style!
    Happy Thanksgiving kiddo

    • I didn’t make patterns for a neck on this one, and the other dragon’s neck works for the wall, not a shelf. You could add a neck to the dragon mask by starting with an oatmeal box, add some weight to the bottom right away so it won’t fall over while you’re working on it. Then add crumpled paper or foil to fill out the back of the neck and to give it the curve you like. Once you have a shape that fits the dragon’s head, cover the new form with masking tape so the paper mache will stick, and attach the head with paper strips and paste. If you try it, I really hope you’ll show us how it turns out on the Daily Sculptors page. Have fun!

  5. I can’t find the follow up video for the insert of paper mache. I like to make sure my dragon mask eyes and nostrols are not covered as my kids like to wear it

    • Hi Vivi. I just now added another video to the dragon page, but I didn’t do a full tutorial about how to add the paper strips and paste. You can see how the dragon looked after the paper mache was added if you go to this video and start watching at the 2:47 mark. I used brown paper and wood glue, but you can use any soft paper and any paper mache paste – use whatever you happen to have on hand. The eyes are left open, with no paper mache. The nostrils are covered, as shown in the instructions, but your kids can still breath because the underside of the dragon’s muzzle is completely open.

      I hope that helps. :)


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