Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Hyena Mask


This Hyena mask has been used in many school theater productions of the Lion King.


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

You’ll be able to download your pattern right after you order. You’ll also receive an email with the download link, and a separate receipt. The emails may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see them, be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

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

The pattern is first printed and then traced onto cardboard. After the cardboard pieces are taped together, you’ll add additional shaping with foil and hot glue or masking tape. After that, your hyena mask is ready for a ‘skin’ of paper mache and acrylic paint .

This is a fairly easy project, but kids might need help cutting out the pattern and putting the pieces together.

Watch the videos below to see how to make your Hyena mask:

To make this mask you’ll need:

  • A printer
  • Cardboard
  • Tape
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Acrylic paint and matte acrylic varnish

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56 thoughts on “Make a Paper Mache Hyena Mask”

  1. I’ve always done paper mache with paper strips and just flour and water. I’m so excited to try these recipes. Are any of these finished sculptures water proof? I’d like to place some outside.

    • Hi Nancy. No, none of my recipes are waterproof. You’d need to treat the finished sculptures the same way you would with traditional paper strips and paste.

  2. I used your template to make a dog for my school project! Had to tweak tons of things, but eventually finished. I’m not 100% happy with it, but I think it’s pretty okay for my first try.

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