How to Make Paper Mache Masks

We have many tutorials on this site showing you how to make paper mache masks, and you can see them all below.

You can display your new hand-made masks on the wall or wear them at Halloween or at Mardi Gras. (Tip: The wall masks make great gifts.)

Also be sure to see this page with my patterns that help you make paper mache animal masks, including headdress-style masks for the Lion King Jr. play.

Scroll down to see all of our tutorials on how to make paper mache masks, or use the search bar below.

Paint a baby tiger mask

Baby Tiger

See how I painted this baby tiger mask – with boo-boos and all. There were mistakes along the way, and you’ll see them all, but it still looks great.

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Murder Hornet Halloween Helmet Mask

Murder Hornet Halloween Mask, Part 2

The Murder Hornet Halloween mask gets his Halloween colors in this final video. He’s now ready to wear.

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Murder hornet halloween mask

Make a Murder Hornet Halloween Mask

This Murder Hornet Halloween mask will be a helmet-style mask. In this first video I create the shapes with crumpled foil and hot glue over a bowl I found in the kitchen.

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Wolf mask with taxidermy eyes.

Wolf Head with Taxidermy Acrylic Eyes

Made by John B. Martin

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strong fast-drying paper mache

Super-Strong Paper Mache that Dries Really Fast

Create a strong paper mache mask really fast by using Titebond III glue instead of the usual flour and water paste. Just one layer completes your masterpiece.

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Make a paper mache African mask.

Make an African Mask with Paper Mache

See how I created paper mache African mask with four layers of paper strips and paste. My model was a 100 year old mask from the Ivory Coast.

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Bug mask finished

Cicada Bug Mask Finished – Finally!

Do you ever start a project that just keeps getting out of control? And then you wonder why you started in the first place? Well, …

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How to Make Paper Mache Masks

The Bug Mask Has Grown …

My cicada bug mask keeps getting bigger – now it’s the whole bug and not just his face. (do bugs have faces?). This is what …

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How to Make Paper Mache Masks

Bug-Faced Mask #2 – The Project Continues

My bug-faced mask project continues, and I keep thinking up ways to make the project even bigger than I first intended. The clay model is …

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bug mask

Bug-Face Mask – Just Starting

I found a dead Cicada in the park this morning when I took my dogs for a walk, and I just had to bring it …

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Paper Mache Santa

Santa Portrait Mask, Made with Paper Mache Clay

Paper Mache Clay Santa I made this Santa several years ago during my first blizzard after moving to the Midwest. It was a fun project, …

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How to Make Paper Mache Masks

Star Wars Mask is Done

I added the paper mache to the Star Wars mask, added lots of wrinkles, and painted him pink. This was a silly project, but I …

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paper mache star wars mask

How to Make a Mask from Star Wars – Part One

I started a new paper mache mask from Star Wars. I hope the movie studio doesn’t mind too much. Wollivan is an Interstellar scout who …

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how to make an owl mask

How to Make an Owl Mask, Part 4

My owl mask is finally finished. Spring got in the way of this project (and I ordered many more plants than I was ready for), …

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how to make an owl mask

How to Make an Owl Mask, #3

This week, I gave the owl mask a coating of shop towel mache. Now all that’s left is to let him dry all the way …

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How to Make an Owl Mask #2

The paper mache owl mask is now almost ready for the paper mache. If you haven’t seen the first video, click here. I worked in …

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How to Make an Owl Mask, #1

I started making an owl mask this week. Why an owl mask? Because that’s what got my main character into so much trouble in the …

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Using a mold to make a paper mache mask

Sermel Gesso Recipe – and Traditional Mask Making Overview

  Today we have a special guest post from Robert MacVeigh, who has a new gesso recipe that I’m going to try out the very …

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How to Make Paper Mache Masks

Tips for Paper Mache Masks Made Over WED Clay

I love using WED clay for my sculpted paper mache masks, but I was always irritated by the grey residue left inside the mask after …

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Attaching a Hat Piece to a Mask/Headdress – Guest Post

Hello everyone, my name is Kevin Doheny and I am designing and making headpiece/masks and costumes for an upcoming school production of The Lion King, …

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For Even More Paper Mache Masks...

Be sure to take a look at all the wonderfully creative paper mache masks and sculptures that have been submitted by our readers.

If you’d like to see some tutorials that use more traditional paper mache methods than the ones on this site, check out the papiermache.co.uk

If you want to let your neighbors to know how much you love Halloween, don’t miss these YouTube channels: Unhinged Productions and  DistortionsUnlimited

And remember – click here if you’re looking for mask patterns for the Lion King Jr. play or this summer’s VBS

Looking for professional-level training in mask and character design? Sign up for the free trial for courses at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.