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Make a Paper Mache Hyena Mask

Hyena Mask, Half-way DoneWhen a reader asked me to help her make a Hyena Mask, and I thought it sounded like a really fun project.

The Hyena Mask starts with a pattern that is cut out of cardboard. Then the cardboard is bent and taped into the basic shape of the hyena’s head, and aluminum foil is added to round out the form and make it look more realistic. This took me about two hours from start to finish.

I didn’t make this mask the way I normally do, just because I thought it would be fun to design a pattern. It turned out to be quite a challenge! You would not believe the number of times I cut out pieces of cardboard and then had to go back to the drawing board because the cardboard pieces wouldn’t fold up the way I wanted them too. It’s a good thing the worms in my garden like cardboard!

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Once the pattern was done, the rest of the project only took about two hours. Adding the paper mache should also go pretty fast.

In the next video I’ll show how the paper mache is added, and how to paint the mask once the paper mache is dry.

I looked at photos online to see what real hyena faces look like, and made a drawing that showed the main points that I thought were important. Then I added the dark upper eyelids because the hyenas in the Lion King movie had them (real hyenas don’t) and I thought they looked nice. No teeth are showing because this guy is going to be hanging on my wall, and a “laughing” hyena looks too scary for me. (I don’t read scary novels, either.) If you want your mask to show the trademark grin, and if you figure out how to do it, I hope you’ll post some images and instructions here on the blog to help out other readers.

Click here to see how I painted my Hyena mask.



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