Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Lion Mask or Wall Sculpture
The downloadable PDF pattern includes complete instructions for taping the printable pattern pieces together and finishing your lion with paper mache.
Use the pattern to create a helmet-style mask, and be a lion for a few hours.
You can also display the lion on your wall or create a treasured gift for someone who loves these big, beautiful cats. Your gift will be even more special when you tell them you made it yourself.
This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full illustrated instructions: 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.
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 raffia mane, watch the second video below.
You can use either traditional paper strips and paste over your cardboard mask, or use a slightly-altered version of Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe, as shown in the first video below. For the recipes, click on the Art Library link at the top of the page.
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.
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
Watch the first video below to see how I sculpted the texture in the cardboard mane on my wall mask. If you’d like to create a custom-designed mane with a softer material, see how I created the raffia mane for my helmet-style lion mask in the second video.
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.
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