The downloadable Lion Mask pattern includes complete instructions for taping the cardboard pattern pieces together and finishing your lion with paper mache.
You can sculpt the lion’s mane with paper towel mache, like the one shown on the right, or use an inexpensive raffia table skirt for a custom-made mane, like the one shown above. Both methods look great, and they’re easy.
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How to use this pattern:
- Print your downloaded pattern on copy paper or full-sheet labels.
- Attach the pattern pieces to cardboard.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Tape them together, following the illustrated instructions.
- Cover the mask with one layer of paper strips and paste, or a thin layer of paper mache clay. You’ll find recipes under the ‘recipes’ tab at the top of the page.
- When the paper mache is dry, paint your mask with acrylic paint, and seal it with an acrylic varnish.
Two different ways to make the mane on your lion mask:
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…
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.
What others are saying about this pattern:
Hello JonniThank you for this amazing pattern – it was so much fun to make and it made me feel proud of myself. All my friends like it and also the wolf mask I made. I am now starting to make the tiger mask.Bailey
Our church is putting on the “Roar” vacation bible school this year. I purchased your lion mask pattern and blew it up to create our 6 foot tall lion for the set. I’m enclosing a picture so you can see the finished set. The children love it and each one has had their picture taken with it as a memento of the week’s activities.Adrianne Manson
I have attached a picture of the lion mask that a friend and I made; we both enjoyed making it and it was a challenge for us laymen!
Again, thanks for giving us joy!
Aline and Diane
I would give the wolf & the lion pattern 5 stars. The patterns were easy to understand & each pattern went together fairly easy. I really enjoy learning paper mâché from you. You are an excellent teacher, a wonderful artist & a down-right nice person 🙂
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