Downloadable Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures, Masks and Wall Art

These downloadable patterns come with complete instructions to help you create a beautiful hand-crafted work of art – even if you’ve never sculpted anything before!

Click on the images below to see the complete details and helpful videos. 

Pattern Sets:

Individual Patterns:

About the sculpting patterns:

You don’t need any sculpting experience to make these sculptures and masks.

The patterns include written instructions or a link to step-by step videos that walk you through the sculpting process all the way to a successfully completed project.

After you order you’ll receive an email with the download link, so you can start sculpting right away.

Flat patterns:

The patterns for four-legged animal sculptures come as a printable PDF that you’ll transfer to cardboard. Then you cut around the edges of the pattern pieces and put them together, and fill out the forms with crumpled paper or foil.

If you’ve read my best-selling book How to Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay, you know how much easier it is to sculpt a realistic animal when you start with one of these patterns.

Some of these patterns have been downloaded by thousands of people who have used them to successfully created their own paper mache sculptures, even if they’ve never sculpted anything before.

Baby Indian Elephant Pattern

 

Wire Armature Patterns.

The Chihuahua pattern helps you create a wire armature that goes on the inside of the sculpture, like ‘bones.’ There’s also a pattern that helps you fill out the forms of your pooch with crumpled foil and masking tape so all the shapes and proportions are right. This is the project that inspired my book How to Make Tiny Paper Mache Dogs.

Mask Patterns

Paper mache lion mask instructions.The mask patterns help you create masks out of cardboard, which are then covered with paper mache and painted. If you’re looking for a fast project, a mask would be a great choice. You can wear your masks or you can display them as wall art.

3-D patterns:

Taping the paper mache pattern together.The patterns for the baby elephant, jackrabbit, bear and frog “faux trophy mount wall sculptures” are 3-D papercraft patterns. They create all the shapes for you, just as the mask patterns do. Just print them out, tape them together using the numbered tabs, and add paper mache or paper mache clay.

The correct placement of each piece is clearly shown on the pattern. After it’s been taped together, you support the forms on the inside, and cover with paper mache or paper mache clay. Add paint and your own creative embellishments – the result is a “faux trophy mount” you made yourself.

Instruction page for paper mache elephant pattern

Do you have to use paper mache to create sculptures and masks with these patterns?

No. The patterns shown on this page can be made with traditional paper strips and paste, but you could also use my paper mache clay recipe or my air-dry clay recipe instead. You can find the recipes in the Art Library. There’s a link to it at the top of the site.

Or you could use Apoxie Sculpt or any other brand of epoxy clay to make your sculpture if you’d like to put it outside, or if you just want to try it out. That’s what I used for my unicorn and bunny sculptures.

You will want to wait until the paper mache is completely dry all the way through before painting your sculpture or mask, and drying paper mache takes time – this is not an “instant” art form. However, you can speed up the process if you put your sculpture or mask in front of a fan to dry.

Painting your sculpture or mask:

Most people use acrylic artists paint or craft paint on a paper mache sculpture or mask. Acrylic chalk paint was used for the unicorn and bunny sculptures, which gives them a soft-looking coat. You can buy acrylic paint online or find it in the craft section of WalMart.

After painting, it’s a good idea to seal your sculpture with an acrylic varnish. If you live in a humid environment, this is very important, because you won’t want your sculpture to draw moisture from the air.

Share your new sculptures and masks with our community:

When your sculpture is finished, we would love to see it! Please post a photo in the comments below, or come visit our community on the Daily Sculptors page and post a photo there. You’ll find a link to it at the top of the page.

Do you have any questions?

Just ask! I respond to every comment as quickly as I can.

166 thoughts on “Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures, Masks and Wall Art”

    • Hi Julie. No, I don’t have a turkey pattern. Sorry – but that does sound like a really interesting project. Especially those tail feathers! I’ll put it on my to-do list, but it probably won’t get done this year.

  1. Dear Jonni,

    What wonderful things you make! I would like some advice from you regarding how to make an elephant’s trunk for a 3D acrylic painting. I have a paint studio and teach people to paint with Oils and Acrylic paint and one student already made a elephant and it looks great, but at some point the trunk collapsed when it was painted. we have been able to restore it by sliding plastic underneath. See the attached photo for the result. We then made the trunk with powertex over a mold of chicken wire and I now think that I have to do it with paper mache. However, I wonder if I have to leave it hollow or make it massive to prevent collapse. Do you have an idea?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Bakker. You probably already received my email, but I didn’t realize you had also posted on the site. I will stick with my suggestion that you use foil and hot glue to create your trunk, and then cover it with masking tape so the paper mache will stick. It’s much easier than working with chicken wire, and gives the sculpture support from inside. Good luck with it!

  2. Hi – I just want to let you know how much I have enjoyed your site. I have learned so much from you and I’ve recommended you to a couple of friends. Thank you so much for sharing so much and such a light hearted and simple manner.

  3. Hi, My son is doing a King Tut death mask project. He used a styrofoam head and the rest of the mask he used cardboard and ducked tape. Can he use paper mache? It needs to look museum quality.

    • Hi Sarai. Yes, he can use paper mache. It might not stick to the plastic duct tape, though. If it doesn’t, he can cover it with one more layer of masking tape, and then add the paper mache. If he wants the finished surface to be smoother, he might want to watch my video about making paper mache smooth. I hope he has fun with it.

  4. Hey Jonni, Your work is wonderful and I am happy to see all the variations of things that you can make. I second the request on the Dragon Mask Pattern. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I know you’re busy but if you can, I’d love to buy it. Thanks!

  5. hi madam,
    my name is sudha.. i love your videos. i saw ur paper mache elephants big size.
    is there any chance can i buy those elephants?
    i am seriously looking for those elephant.

    waiting for your response.

    thanks,

    • Hi Sudha. Do you mean you’d like to buy a paper mache elephant that is already put together and painted? I don’t sell them myself, and I don’t know anyone who does. But you can take the pattern of the elephant you like to a local artist, and ask them to make it for you.

  6. Hi i tried to dowload your 5 free downloadable paper mache receipes but wont load comes up error , is this still available thanks

    • It is still available. A few other people have told me they had problems with it, but they haven’t told me enough to help me fix it. I hope you have a few seconds to let me know what page you were on when you signed up. Did you fill in the form, and did the email with the download arrive in your inbox? Did the error message happen when you clicked on the download link, or when you tried to sign up?

      Knowing what happened would really help me get this fixed. I know there’s a problem, but when I fill in the form everything works, so I can’t figure out what’s wrong. I hope you’ll give me a bit more info – but in the meantime, I’ll add you to the list so the download link will be sent to you. Be sure to look for it in the next few minutes.

  7. Is your cheetah mask available as either a pattern or do you make on for sale? I have made my now 7year old grand daughter’s Halloween costumes every year since she was 8 years old. This year, she wants to be a cheetah and while I have the costume nearly done , I lack a mask. I saw yours and I know she would love it because it is so realistic and because it leaves her with movement room and does not appear too tight on her face. I hope you can answer soon as I need to get it done soon.
    Thank you

    • Hi Patricia. I don’t have a cheetah, but you might be able to make the cat mask work if you add the spots and that distinctive stripe between the eyes and muzzle. You’d also want to make the ear round, and move them down the head just a little. Those small changes would make the mask look entirely different.

      If you do try this, I hope you’ll let us see your granddaughter’s costume when it’s done. It sounds like she has a pretty cool grandma. 🙂

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