printable patterns for lifelike animal decor and masks.

I’m Jonni  Good.

Since 2008,  thousands of people have used my tutorials, videos and patterns to create beautiful works of art.  I try very hard to make each one of my patterns fun and easy to use. Each pattern comes with illustrated step-by-step instructions, but I’m always happy to answer questions if you need help.

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Jonni Good

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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.

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

  1. Hi, I love absolutely love your creations and methods! I’m trying your different pm recipes on some Xtra large projects with great success. I saw on your wall in a YouTube video a hippo, is this pattern available?!

    • Hi James. I started to make a pattern for that hippo several months ago, and then I got distracted. I can’t promise when it will be finished, but I do intend to get started on it again soon. Thanks for reminding me! 🙂

  2. This was a great find…we are having a birthday party for my soon to be 12 year old daughter. Originally I thought paper mache pumpkins but now thank you, we will be making pumpkins from paper mache clay.

  3. is there something I can use other than toilet paper to make the clay? I hate the thought of killing all those trees just for decorations. I would prefer to find some kind of something I can recycle like newspaper or office paper that have already been used.

    • Yes, you can use recycled paper. Just soak it longer so the fibers fall apart. The result might not be as smooth as using toilet paper, but it will still work.

  4. Hi Jonni…This is quite wonderful! I’m potter from “back in the day” and moved on to fibre/textile art…but I miss working with clay (but don’t have a kiln and don’t want the heavy work anymore)….am having great fun with your PM clay. I live in Australia now (30+yrs) and miss my favourite NA animal…the moose. I really want to make life-size (or nearly) moose head. The deer is not close enough and too small….just wondered if you had a pattern for this head (even something I could scale up.

    Thanks for any help!
    Judi (Queensland, Australia)

  5. I love your creativity.
    Please can you tell me if the items can be used in the garden once dry or are only for indoor decoration.

    • Hi Jo. If you use paper mache of any kind on the patterns, they cannot go outside. Paper mache and paper mache clay are not waterproof. I believe you could use them outside if you use an epoxy clay to cover them, but you would need to cover them inside and out – and you wouldn’t want to leave even a tiny opening where water could get inside and get the cardboard pattern wet.

  6. Hi Jonni,

    I want to make a few neutral masks and some cultural masks of my own specific styles. I used to make it with paper strips a long time ago and am thinking of using your papier mache clay method. I am not sure how to make the scaffolding/armature for the masks. I used to do it by creating a clay form then make a mold with plaster and place the strips on the inside of the plaster mold. Do you have any suggestions that would be quicker and easier for the armature/pattern/scaffold for the masks?

    Trainee Art Therapist


    • Hi Daniela. You could create your original model with clay, and put your paper mache directly over the clay. This video shows how it can be done. There would be some distortion to the clay when you remove the dry paper mache, but if you use oil-based clay you could easily repair the shapes, or change them a little for the next mask.

  7. Hi Jonni,
    I watched your videos of paper mash and it helped me a lot to make my projects. Thank-you for teaching us such good techniques.
    I have one question, do you have any pattern or video for carousel horse which can help me to make it.

    • Hi Deepti. I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipe. I don’t have a pattern or video specifically for a carousel horse, but there is a set of posts about making a colt on the site. I did a lot of experiments when I made him, years ago, and I wouldn’t do it the same way again. But you might get some useful ideas. I also have a pattern for a small adult horse in my book, Make Animal Sculptures With Paper Mache Clay. It’s at the end of the book because it’s one of the more challenging projects.
      When you finish your carousel horse, I hope you’ll come back and show it off. We’d love to see it. 🙂

  8. Jonni I am now doing a katrina mask. Do you have any suggestion on how I can make paper mache flowers to put on the head?


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