Create Realistic Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks --

Even if you’ve never sculpted anything before!

It’s easy with my printable templates, some cardboard, and a layer of paper mache.

You can download your patterns right after you order and get started today – you’ll soon have a unique and beautiful work of art that your family will treasure for years.

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About the mask and sculpture patterns…

These downloadable patterns are designed for adults (thirteen or older). They will help you create sculptures or masks you can be proud of. This is not the paper mache you remember from grade school!

Because they’re designed for adults, young kids probably won’t have enough patience 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 and adults have a lot of fun, and they’re excited when they see how well their sculptures turn out. Plus, creating art together is a wonderful bonding experience that will be remembered for years.

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 was in a real hurry to complete a school project, so he used spray paint directly over the cardboard on his wolf mask. It came quite nice. 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?

If you have a question about putting your pattern together or painting it, leave a comment below or on the Daily Sculptors page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might ideas for you, too — we have a very supportive community on this site.

Downloading your files: To see exactly how the downloading process should work, click here.  If your pattern doesn’t download correctly and you can’t see the solution on that page, let me know right away so I can help. This is a one-person business, but I check my inbox regularly and will respond as fast as I can.

Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks

487 thoughts on “Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures and Masks”

  1. It has been my experience that over time my flour based paper mache projects gets weevils in them and I have to throw them away. I make the project using the first flour based glue, usually using 3 layers of newspaper-allowing to dry between each layer, paint gesso next, acrylic paint next, and finally spray with varnish. After 10-15 years the weevils show up…I’ve been teaching art for 33 years. I finally switched to straight Elmers.

    • Thanks for the tips, Betty. I haven’t had that problem myself, but it really depends on the climate and what part of the world we’re in. When you say you use Elmer’s, do you mean the white glue, or their Elmer’s Art Paste? I know bugs and mold have no interest in their paste, and a small carton makes up a whole gallon of paste.

  2. I am all set to began some paper mache masks, after watching your tutorials.. I have
    run into a problem collecting newspapers as they really aren’t printed much anymore.
    I collect newspaper flyers, and brown packing paper but that isn’t getting me
    much. What about the Kraft brown paper rolls? I like the idea of brown paper as
    most of my masks are supposed to be carved wood. Can you recommend some papers,
    I could acquire on ebay or somewhere.

  3. Hello Jonni!

    i’ve been following your work for a couple of years and love what you do!
    i was wondering if you take pattern commissions? i’ve been searching for a realistic rat head mask for a wile but have yet to find one to my liking around the internet. most of which are too cartoony or low poly.
    looking forward to hearing back, thank you for your time!

    best regards, Alex 🙂

    • Hi Alex. No, I don’t take commissions for the patterns. Each one takes me weeks to create, so I’d have to charge way too much money – I’m really slow! 🙂 However, I hope you’ll go ahead and make a rat head mask yourself. My patterns always start out with a clay model, and then I make a mold so I can produce multiple copies of it. That’s needed so I can get all the pieces to fit together correctly. But when I only need one mask, I put the paper mache right over the clay model, and the mask is done in a day or two. If you’d like to see how to add paper mache to a clay model, watch this video. And have fun with it!


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