Jaguar Mask Pattern
This jaguar headdress mask is easy to make, with just four cereal boxes.
No sculpting experience is required – the pattern creates all the shapes for you – but you get to paint all those spots. 🙂
Use your new mask in a play, or display it on your wall. Either way, you can proudly say, “I made it myself!”
How to Make Your Jaguar Mask:
Print the pattern and put it on cereal box cardboard.
Cut out the pieces and tape them together, using the instructions as a guide.
Add paper mache, with newspaper or brown paper from amazon boxes.
Bring your jaguar to life with acrylic paint.
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.
Note: If you’ll be saving your pattern to and iPhone or iPad, those devices like to hide your downloaded 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. 🙂
Watch These Videos to See How to Make Your Jaguar Mask:
Taping the Pattern Pieces Together
This first video shows how to tape each piece of the new jaguar headdress mask. This paper mache mask pattern goes together pretty fast.
Painting the Jaguar
In this video you can see how I painted the jaguar mask, and added all those spots. I painted mine pretty fast, and it doesn’t have a lot of detail. I did that because most people will probably use it in the theater, and you can’t see tiny details from the audience. However, I will be taking the cap portion off my jaguar, and it will be used as a wall sculpture. I might go back and add details – or just stick with the minimalist design. I haven’t decided yet. 🙂
How to Use the Pattern as a Face Mask
The jaguar mask pattern was designed to be worn above the head, in a headdress-style for the theater. But I know a few people will ask if it could be altered to be worn in front of their face, instead. Although that’s not how it was designed, it can be done if you don’t mind fiddling around with it a little. You can see how in this video.
To Make Your Jaguar 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
- 1 1.25″ foam ball for the eyes
- 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
* 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.
When you finish your jaguar mask…
We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos. 🙂