Make a paper mache

Selfie-Monkey Mask

(Crested Macaque)


This mask pattern was inspired by the famous monkey who “borrowed” a camera and took her own selfie photo.

Create a unique and unforgettable mask to wear – or display your Selfie Monkey on your wall. Either way, it’s sure to start an interesting conversation!

What you’ll get when you order:

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions, so there’s no waiting and no shipping costs. You can start on your project right away. Be sure to download your pattern directly to your computer or device, so you can access it again later.

Note: Please double-check your email address when you order so I can send you the download link. If you don’t see it in your inbox, check your promotions folder. If it doesn’t arrive, please let me know.  If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, they have a special way of hiding your downloads. This article shows you how to find them.

Create your paper mache Selfie-Monkey mask with just two cereal boxes, paper mache and acrylic paint.

Print the pattern, stick it on your cardboard, and cut out all the pieces. Tape the pieces together, and then cover them with one layer of paper mache. Add your acrylic paint, and you’re done.

Finished size: About 12 inches (30 cm) high, 8 inches (20 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) deep.

Finishing Your Selfie-Monkey Mask:

You can cover your selfie-monkey mask with traditional paper strips and paste, or with my paper mache clay recipe, which you can find in the Art Library on this site.

After the paper mache is dry, just paint the mask as shown in the second video, and you’re done.

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To make the selfie-monkey mask you will need:

  • Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels
  • Glue stick if you print your pattern on copy paper
  • Cardboard from 2 standard-sized cereal boxes
  • Knife or sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
  • Tape, either clear plastic tape or masking tape
  • A few small pieces of aluminum foil
  • Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay
  • Yarn, straw, raffia or other material you have on hand for the selfie-monkey’s crest
  • Acrylic gesso
  • Acrylic paint (or black spray paint, optional) and matte acrylic varnish

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.

2 thoughts on “Selfie-Monkey Mask Pattern”

  1. Cute project Jonni! I had never heard of the “selfie monkey” before- i will look her up after writing this. I wonder just what websites you are frequenting! I agree that a solid black or white is really hard to look like it has dimension to it. I usually add some really dark blue in it as well. Nicely done and definitely fun!

    • Thanks, Eileen. Did you find the selfie-monkey? There’s quite a story behind it (not all pleasant, unfortunately). But it did look like the monkey was having fun. 🙂


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