Hyena Headdress Mask Pattern –

For the Hyenas in
the Lion King Play


These headdress-style hyena masks are easy to make with this pattern and cardboard from a few cereal boxes. Tape the pieces together. Then just add paper mache and paint.

Your hyena can be sweet and lovable, or he can be mean and crafty – customizing his look is easy. See the video below to see how.

What happens after you order:

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions, so there’s no waiting, and no shipping costs. You can start on your project right away.

Be sure to download your pattern directly to your computer or device, so you can access it again later.

To make your hyena mask:

Tape the pattern pieces together to create your hyena mask
Step 1: Cut out the pattern, tape the pieces together, and add styrofoam balls for the eyes
Add teeth to your hyena mask if you want.
Step 2: Add teeth if you want a more ferocious look.
Add paper mache to the hyena mask
Step 3: Add paper mache. I used brown paper and wood glue.
Paint your hyena masks
Step 4: paint your hyena masks.

Finished size: About 9 inches (22.86 cm) high, 11 inches (27.94 cm) wide and 14 inches (35.56 cm)

Watch this video to see how to customize your hyena mask:

Play Video

And watch the video below to see a fast, easy way to cover your mask with paper mache.

A lion helped with this video, but the method works just as well for the hyena masks. 🙂

For each paper mache Hyena Masks you will need:

  • Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels (recommended)
  • Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
  • Cardboard from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes
  • Paper towels
  • Sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
  • Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun
  • 3 cm Styrofoam ball
  • Paper strips and paste (or use brown paper and Titebond III wood glue like I did – recommended)
  • White primer or acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic paint and varnish
  • Artists’ brushes
  • Black felt


8 thoughts on “Hyena Headdress Mask Pattern”

  1. Where can I find the pattern for the Hyena mask and not the Hyena Headdress mask. The one made from cardboard.
    Thank you

    • Hi Monica. Thanks for asking. I took the old version of the hyena one off my pattern page because most people were trying to turn it into a headdress mask for the Lion King Play, and the new version is much better for that use. If you prefer the original version, you can go directly to the checkout page by clicking here. The pattern is $7.

  2. I watched your video Hyena part 1 and Hyena part 2 and I like the way it looks.
    I want to buy the pattern, however the pattern on your site looks like it’s for a different Hyena.
    I want to make sure I buy the right pattern.
    Thank you

  3. Have you ever worked with a mask/sculpture for Pumma? I did one out of foam rubber block- its great but heavy.

    • No, I haven’t. Is Pumma a character? I just did a fast search and I can’t find it, for some reason – and I’m probably going to feel really silly when you tell me, because I probably should already know. Do you have a link to help me remember?

  4. I feel funny telling you about this. I bought the Mandrill mask. Pcs 1 and 2 are identical. Should one be a mirror image of the other?

    • Thank you so much for telling me, Randy! I can’t believe I did that. 🙁

      I fixed the pattern and sent the updated version to everyone who ordered the pattern, but it may take a few minutes to get there. If you don’t see the email in your inbox within the next hour or so, please check your promotions folder.


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