How to make your T-Rex Mask:
Watch the videos below to see how the pattern pieces are taped together, how to reinforce the jaw with foil to make it stronger, and how to choose which pattern pieces to use for the teeth. You can add some crumpled foil for realistic bumps and ridges, and then paint your T-Rex in your favorite colors.
Finished size: About 10 inches (25.4 cm) wide, 9.75 inches (24.9 cm) high and 15.5 inches (39.2 cm) deep.
This mask is deliberately oversized, so it will not fit tight against your head. It will balance on your head with cords tied under your chin.
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Video Instructions for Making Your T-Rex Mask:
Putting the pattern pieces together:
Adding details, paper mache and paint:
To make this mask of Tyrannosaurus rex you will need:
- The downloaded PDF pattern
- Access to a printer
- Copy paper (or full-sheet labels, preferred)
- Glue stick if using copy paper for your pattern
- Cardboard from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes, or 9 pieces of “light chipboard” that you can purchase online. Make sure it’s the Light version of chipboard – medium and heavy chipboard are too stiff to bend well.
- 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.
- Aluminum foil
- Glue gun
- 1” (2.54 cm) foam ball for the eyes
- Paper strips and paste (find recipes here). I used lightweight brown paper with Titebond III Wood Glue.
- Hole punch, drill or sharp knife to make holes for the cord that will tie under your chin.
- Acrylic paint, any colors you choose, and clear spray or artists’ varnish
When you finish your T-Rex mask…
We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos..
Some of the masks that have been made with this pattern…
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.