Paper Mache Lion Mask Pattern
Use This Pattern to Create a Helmet-Style Lion Mask or a Lion-Head Sculpture for Your Wall
This pattern is a digital download. To create your lion mask you begin with cardboard, tape, and paper mache. Then it comes to life with your creativity and a coat of acrylic paint.
You can create a sculpted mane with cardboard, as shown in the first image above, or create your own custom mane with a softer material, like yarn or raffia. To see how I made the raffia mane, watch the second video below.
The downloadable file includes complete instructions for cutting out your pattern pieces on corrugated cardboard and taping them together. The pattern also includes two backs – one has a hanger so you can display your paper mache lion on the wall, and the other one turns the lion head into a comfortable helmet-style mask that you can wear.
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.
If you’d like to make a raffia mane like the one in the second video, you can see the raffia table skirt I purchased here, on amazon.com
You might also like:
To see even more patterns for sculptures and masks, click here.
You can ask in the comment field below. I read all the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Or send me an email – [email protected] – be sure to put “paper mache” in the subject line so your email won’t get accidentally deleted.