Downloadable pattern for wolf mask

Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Wolf Mask


Create a realistic wolf mask with this pattern, or display it proudly on your wall.

It also makes a great gift, and it will be treasured for years because you made it yourself.

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full illustrated instructions: You’ll be able to download your pattern right after you order. You’ll also receive an email with the download link, and a separate receipt. The emails may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see them, be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

Be sure to download your pattern directly to your computer or device, so you can access it again later.

Everyone loves wolves! That’s one of the reasons why this is one of the most popular patterns on this site.

After printing the pattern, you just cut it out of cardboard and tape it together. The pattern creates all the shapes of your wolf’s face for you.  Then cover it with one layer of paper mache to create a strong, yet lightweight mask or wall sculpture.

The video below shows you how the mask shown above was painted. You could make your own wolf black instead of gray – or paint it white.

Even better, one in each color for beautiful matched set.

Finished size: About 11.5 inches (29 cm) high, 9.5 inches (23 cm) wide and 4.5 inches (11.5 cm) deep.

To make the wolf mask you will need:

  • Standard letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) or A4 paper (210 × 297 mm)
  • A sheet of cardboard
  • Glue stick
  • Straight edge
  • Table knife
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or craft knife
  • Tape
  • Paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay
  • Acrylic gesso, paint and varnish
paper mache wolf mask
A page from the instructions that come with the wolf mask pattern.

Step #1: Putting Your Wolf Mask Pattern Together:

Step #2: Adding Paper Mache to Your Wolf Mask:

Step #3: Painting Your Wolf Mask:

To paint my wolf I used:

  • Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint (Burnt Umber, Black, Yellow Ochre, White, and Ultramarine Blue)
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
  • Matte Acrylic Varnish

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19 thoughts on “Paper Mache Wolf Mask Pattern”

  1. Hi, this is my first time making this because of a school project, and I was a bit of confused, after adding layers of paper onto the mask and then what should I do? Should I just paint it or…..Because I tried directly add white onto it, and it just ended up all soaking wet and beneath layers of newspaper just showed up.

    • Hi Alyssa. Was the paper mache completely dry before you added paint? And what kind of paint are you using? I’ve never known of anyone having this problem before. We normally use acrylic paint, over dry paper mache. You will get brighter colors if you use an acrylic gesso first, but I’ve painted many things without gesso, without having any problems with it. Let us know a bit more about how you’re making your wolf, and we might be able to be more helpful.

  2. Hi! I made these masks with my 2 daughters and their 4 cousins, aged 5 to 13. They had a blast! Thank you for the great pattern. My daughters are wondering if you are going to design some dog mask patterns. They love dogs.

    • They look great – and what a wonderful photo! A dog would be fun – maybe a bulldog or mastiff, with those sad-sack eyes. I’ll put it on my list. 🙂

  3. This may seem like a silly question but, how is the wolf mask worn? Will I need to attach a strap to hold it on?

    • Hi Kathleen. Yes, the mask will need a strap. I usually wait until the mask is complete before I add holes for a strap. That way you’ll see how it fits the face and how it’s balanced.

  4. This looks amazing! The one thing you might redesign is the eye alignment. A wolf’s eyes are not horizontally aligned like a dog’s eyes. They are obliquely set and have a distinct “V” appearance. If you look at any head on wolf photo you will see what I mean.

  5. I need to make 6 wolf masks for an upcoming performance of Beauty and The Beast.
    Really love the design of this, but need it to look a little more realistic.
    Do you think it is possible to add faux fur to this mask?

    • If you used cardboard for the pattern pieces, you really only need one or two layers, on both the front and the back. This will cover the tape and make the seams nice and strong.

      I’m glad you’re having fun with it. Will we get to see it when it’s done? I’d really love to see how it turns out.

  6. have you the impresion for the draw? or one archive to impressing? I am from Argentina and i want to make this mask from my child.

    • Hi Martina. I’m not quite sure what you’re asking. The pattern with instructions is available on this page. You can purchase it by clicking on the green button. It’s a downloadable file. If you make one, we’d love to see how it turns out.

  7. I love the wolf mask!!! And the elephant…How about a dragon mask or a unicorn mask? An elf mask? Obviously I am in to fantasy! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us.

    • The dragon sounds like a lot of fun. So does the elf. I already have a unicorn mask in my book, so I probably won’t do another one, but it’s still a great idea. 🙂 I’ll put them all on my list – thanks!

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