Rhino Mask Pattern
for Paper Mache
Honor the spirit of this magnificent endangered beast with your own hand-crafted rhino mask.
After you wear your new rhino mask at a dress-up party, you can bring it home and display it on your wall. When your friends see it, you can proudly say, “I made it myself!”
They’ll be even more impressed when you tell them you made it with just three cereal boxes and paper mache. 🙂
How to Make Your Rhino Mask:
Print the pattern and put it on cereal box cardboard. Then cut out all the pieces
Tape the pieces together, following the instructions that are included in the downloaded PDF pattern.
Add paper mache, and give him some wrinkles with paper towels and paper mache paste.
Paint your rhino with acrylic paint, using your favorite rhino photo as a model.
My downloadable PDF Patterns come with full instructions.
There’s no waiting for your pattern to arrive, and no shipping costs, so you can start on your project right away.
Note: If you’ll be saving your pattern to and iPhone or iPad, those devices like to hide your downloaded files. You can scroll down this page to see how to find them.
And remember – if you have any problems downloading your files or putting your pattern together, just let me know. I’m always happy to help. 🙂
Watch these videos to see how to make your Rhino Mask:
In this video, you can see how all the pieces go together, how the ears and horns are added, and how to add small details around the eyes and nostrils with foil. This pattern has fairly large pieces, so it goes together easily.
In this next video, you can see how I used some brown paper and cooked flour and water paste to cover my rhino mask. You can use newspaper strips instead of the brown paper, and you can use wood glue instead of paste if you need a really strong mask. After the paper mache was dry, I painted mine really fast – but you might want to spend more time on your mask, to make it look more realistic. 🙂
To make your rhino mask, you will need:
- The Pattern
- Access to a Printer
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
- Cardboard from 3 standard-sized cereal boxes or six letter-sized sheets of light chipboard.
- Sharp scissors for cutting cereal box cardboard
- Clear plastic tape and masking tape Note: Don’t use disappearing gift wrap tape – it isn’t strong enough.
- Very small amount of Aluminum foil
- Glue gun
- Paper strips and paste (find recipes here)
- Acrylic gesso or latex primer
- Acrylic paint and varnish
- Shoelaces or elastic to keep the mask on your head
* 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.
When you finish your rhino mask…
We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos. 🙂
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