Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache
Lion Mask or Wall Sculpture
$12 for the downloadable pattern
Use the pattern to create a helmet-style mask, and discover how it would feel to be a lion for a few hours.
Or you can display the lion on your wall or create a treasured gift for someone who loves these big, beautiful cats.
How to make your lion mask:
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Two ways to use your lion mask:
You can use all the pattern pieces and create a helmet-style mask to wear at a fancy-dress party or for Halloween.
Or leave off the cap portion, and use your lion as a display mask. It looks fantastic on a wall.
Two ways to make your lion’s mane:
Create a sculpted mane with cardboard, paper towels and paste (it’s easy, and the inistructions are included in the downloadable file).
Or make a custom mane with a softer material, like yarn or raffia. To see how I made the lion at the top of the page with its raffia mane, watch the second video below.
Two ways to finish your mask:
You can use paper strips and paste, or use Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe, as shown in the first video below. For the recipes, click on the Blog/Art Library link at the top of the site.
Finished size: Helmet-style mask – about 15.5 inches (39 cm) high, 13 inches (33 cm) wide and 12 inches (30 cm) deep. About 7.5” deep (17 cm) if built as a wall display mask.
Getting started with the first few pieces:
The nose and mouth are the hardest pieces to tape – so, naturally, I make you do those first. 🙂
How to create a mane with a raffia table skirt:
How to sculpt fur texture on a cardboard mane…
To make the lion mask you will need:
- Standard letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) or A4 paper (210 × 297 mm) or full-sheet labels for printing the pattern.
- Glue stick, if printing on copy paper instead of labels
- Box cutter or craft knife
- Hot glue gun (if making a custom-made mane with a soft material like raffia or twine)
- Paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay
- Paper towels (to add texture to a sculpted mane*)
- Acrylic paint and varnish
To paint the lion masks I used:
- Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso (for the lion with a sculpted mane) and DIY gesso made with drywall joint compound and Elmer’s glue (for the lion with raffia mane – the recipe is in the Art Library, the link is at the top of the page)
- Acrylic Paint (Yellow Ochre, White, Black, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, “Sunkissed Peach” craft paint (a soft pink I had on hand), Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Red Light (for the nose)
- For the mask with a sculpted mane I used Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid mixed with Burnt Umber to bring out the texture in the mane.
- Matte Acrylic Varnish
If you’re using a soft custom-made mane, you may need different colors to match the material you choose.
Lions created with this pattern:
Made by Mary Kay McBrayer
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