Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Play

Buy the entire 4-pattern set for just $28*

*The patterns are also available individually for $12 each – see below.

These patterns are easy and fun to use, and will help help make your school’s production of the Lion King play a big success.

Simba Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play

Mufasa or Grown-Up Simba

Headdress Pattern – $12

Nala Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play

Lioness – Grown-Up Nala

Headdress Pattern – $12

Young Simba or Nala Mask for the Lion King Play

Young Simba or Nala

Headdress Pattern – $12

Scar Mask Pattern for the Lion King Play


 Headdress Pattern – $12

What happens after you order:

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions, so there’s no waiting, and no shipping costs. You can start on your project right away

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.

Be sure to download your pattern directly to your computer or device, so you can access it again later.

Finished size: About 10 inches (25.4 cm) high, 10.5 inches (20.32 cm) wide and 12 inches (30.48 cm) deep, not including the raffia mane.

How to make your lion masks:

  • Print the pattern on copy paper or full-sheet labels.
  • Attach the pattern pieces to cereal box cardboard.
  • Cut out the pieces.
  • Tape them together. (See the video below that shows you how).
  • Add a few bits of crumpled foil for the nostrils, eyelids and ears.
  • Add super-strong paper mache using wood glue and brown paper. (See the video below).
  • Give your adult male lions a raffia mane. (See the video below to see how to dye the raffia so all your lions will have different-colored manes). You could also use yarn, feathers, or any material of your choice.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Lion King headdress mask patterns:

To make your lion masks you’ll need:

  • Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels
  • Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern (the full-sheet labels are much easier to use)
  • Cardboard from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes for each mask*
  • Sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
  • Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
  • 1 ½” (4 cm) Styrofoam ball, cut in half
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun
    Paper strips and paste (or use Titebond III wood glue, like I did – recommended, see video)
  • Spray primer – black for the back, and white or tan for the front
  • Acrylic paint and matte varnish
  • Golden brand Soft Gel Gloss and black tissue paper for the eyes (optional – see the video above)
  • Black felt (optional but recommended). I had to buy a package of assorted colors, but one sh1eet of 8” x 11” felt is enough for several headdress masks.
  • Raffia “Tiki Bar Fringe,” for manes. (One 24’ long skirt is enough for several adult male lion masks).

* 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.

$28 for the complete 4-pattern set*

*To purchase the patterns individually, see above.

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22 thoughts on “Lion Headdress Mask Patterns for the Lion King Jr. Play”

  1. Hello! Two questions – Are the hyena mask patterns now include the caps for the kids to wear? Also in your video you mention using brown paper with the titebond – can you elaborate on what type of paper to use? Is it kraft paper or something else? Thanks so much!

  2. Hi there is there a video showing how to paint the mask . Using all the color you have mention on the list.

    • Hi Phurba. I didn’t make a video of the painting. I painted the faces with the tawny golden color, then brushed the white over the muzzle. There wasn’t much more to it than that, because the masks will be seen from a distance. There is also a white line around the eyes, which helps them stand out.

  3. Hello Jonni
    I used the paper mache recipe in your book Make Animal Sculptures but the surface came out quite coarse. Do you have any suggestions? I want to be able to paint my sculptures so I’d like to get a smoother texture. Thank you for any ideas.

      • Oh, yes. I just knew I could never find a rubber spatula in Delta, but they were everywhere. And they work great. Just saying.

    • Hi, Eileen.

      Yes, I’ve used Jonni’s method she described and it works well.

      On 99.9% of my projects, I use a first layer of pm clay. For the second layer, I use the smooth air dry clay. You can get a very smooth, almost porcelain-like finish using it. I use my finger dipped in water to get it smooth. (Keep a towel handy.) At times I use Jonni’s method of smoothing the surface even more. You might remember this tapir I made a while ago. If you’re more patient than I am, you can get a smoother surface.

      Can’t wait to see what you’re up to.

  4. So, we found Jonni back in October 2018 I think it was. My daughter’s class was setting out to do Lion King for her end of year show June 2019. We got the Lion, elephant, giraffe, and hyena. They worked great! We did paper mache for the giraffes, and used plaster strips for the others for toughness. Although I think in the end the paper mache strips would have done just as well and have been lighter. (Hindsight) Also, we did have to figure out how to get them to sit on the kid’s heads instead of as a face mask, but in the end we figured it out. Thankfully for the rest of you…she has now made these to wear on the head. Thank you Jonni for your easy to follow directions, your well planned patterns, and your excitement for the craft. Here is a look at what we made…

    • Shellee, you did a fantastic job on these masks, and I’m sure all the students (and teachers) at your daughter’s school are very proud of them. The expressions on those hyenas are especially spell-binding. Nicely done!

  5. Jonni- great set of videos! I wish I had these tutorials and the mask patterns when I had to costume the lion king production years ago, it would have made life easier, we just had to come up with something on our own. Next you have to do the jungle book characters. Oh the possibilities are endless. I wonder if it would be good for you to offer a separate pattern on just the headpiece part that people could use their own creation for the face part and use your pattern so they could use it as a headpiece. I used old baseball caps on mine, it worked but had its limitations.
    If people do not want to buy or mess with the dye, similar effects could be achieved with tea or coffee, dip the raffia just like you did with the dye. It works pretty well and is colorfast if you let it dry naturally outside then put it in the dryer to set the color in.
    Really nice work on all those patterns, I am sure you will get a big response as that play is so popular. You provide a nice service for all those costume parents out there!

    • Thanks, Eileen. And yes, I hope this does help some of the brave souls who volunteer to make all the masks for their school’s play. What a huge challenge! I’m not sure how the cap section would work on it’s own, though. It needs a custom-designed back piece for every mask, so people would still need to do some engineering to get it all to work. But it’s certainly something to consider. Right now, I have to figure out how to install some new gutters all by myself. Shouldn’t be too hard …

      And I’m going to get out my clay and sculpt a ‘portrait’ bust of a wart hog. I can’t wait to get started.

    • Hi Francine. We really want to see that giraffe! But your photo needs to be less than 250 kb to upload to the comment section. If you don’t have an image editing program, you can use this free online photo resizer. Please try again – I’m already impressed, and I haven’t even seen it yet! 🙂

  6. Your new work is fantastic as always! Enjoy this lovely summer!
    As for me I’m using some of your tips to do concrete!
    I actually made a 10 foot giraffe all concrete for the front of my house.
    I want to thank you for all your devotion and great ideas that you put on the site!

  7. Jonni, I love every single one of these. They are beautifully rendered. Excellent work, Madam! Can’t wait to see every ones’ interpretation of them. I try to keep up with the gorgeous, cute, whimsical art on UPM and always want to praise you and the other exceptional artists like Rex, Eileen (Come On Eileen), Susan Stelmack, et al. for all of their meticulous work and incredible sculptures/paintings etc., but usually don’t have the energy. May hop over to “Daily” now though. Thank you, Jonni, for your amazing sculpts and ALL that you do.

  8. I love them. You have taken the next step in greatness! It’s like Herman Melville writing about men sailing around in ships and then finally writing “Moby Dick!” (Does that make sense to anyone?)

    How do we get word out to schools doing the Lion King or someone who would like a nice set of lions prowling around?

    Thanks, Jonni

    • Hi Rex – I love that question! The best way for teachers to find this page is for everyone to share it on Pinterest or Facebook or wherever. That makes Google think more people should see this page when they look for Lion King mask patterns. Speaking of sharing – I totally forgot to do that myself! I’m a total dud when it comes to social media. I’ll do it now.

      And thanks, Rex, for your kind words about the patterns, too. That means a lot to me. 🙂

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