Downloadable Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks

It’s never been easier to create beautiful animal masks and sculptures.

These patterns make it easy, even if you’ve never made anything with paper mache before.

Paper mache mask patterns

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About the mask and sculpture patterns…

These downloadable patterns are designed to help grownups create sculptures or masks they can be proud of. This is not the paper mache you remember from grade school!

Because they’re designed for adults, young kids won’t have the patience they need to cut out the pattern pieces and tape them together. Some of the patterns also require sharp knives for cutting cardboard.

However, many children have helped their parents and grandparents create sculptures and masks using these patterns. The kids have a lot of fun while they’re adding the paper mache and painting the faces, and they’re excited when they see how well their sculptures turn out. Plus, creating art together is a wonderful bonding experience that both kids and adults enjoy.

But please – don’t expect very young children to use these patterns without your help. For that, the artist should be thirteen or older.

cow mask pattern pieces and instructionsHow do the patterns work?

Most of these armature patterns create all the basic shapes for you. Just cut them out of card stock or cardboard as indicated in the instructions, tape the pieces together, and cover them with just one layer of paper mache or paper mache clay.

Then add your own creative touches and a coat of acrylic paint, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind mask or sculpture that could be treasured for years.

A few of the patterns go on the inside of your sculpture, and you add the rounded forms with crumpled paper or foil. The life-sized standing elephant, the unicorn and bunny, and the baby panda all work this way. This is the same way all the projects in my best-selling book Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay are made.

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

Paper mache and paper mache clay work well for these sculptures. That’s how I made most of these masks and sculptures myself, with the exception of the baby unicorn and mini-bunny, which were made with Apoxie Sculpt.

Some people have covered the wolf and lion masks with fake fur. And one of our younger artists used spray paint directly over the cardboard on his wolf mask. So – use whatever material your own creative genius comes up with, and then come back and show it off so we can see how it comes out. 🙂

Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?

I love questions!

There are two ways to contact me:

The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment on this page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.

If you prefer to reach me privately, you can send me an email.  I’ll try to respond as quickly as I can, but if you don’t hear back from me within 24 hours, assume the cyberspace gremlins ate your email and try again.

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

  1. Hello. Hope all is well with you! Any way you could do a german Shepard pattern? I would love to try one. I have just started on a gnome and if it turn out good I will be getting some of your other patterns. Thanks so much. You are very inspiring!

    • Hi Amy. I don’t know when I’ll be able to make a German Shepherd pattern, but you can easily make one by following the instructions in this video. I used a computer program for the video because it was easier to film than it would be if I did it on paper, but I made my patterns with a pencil for years. Give it a try – and be sure to let us see your gnome (and your GSD) when they’re done! 🙂

    • Hi Teresa. I don’t have a book of patterns, except for my book about making tiny paper mache dogs. If you’d like to look at that one, you can see it here. All of the patterns for the sculptures and masks on this page are sold as downloadable patterns, so you can print them out on your own printer.
      Thanks for asking!


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