Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Wolf Mask

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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.

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Everyone loves wolves!

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

Plus, it’s really easy to make.

  • Print the pattern on copy paper or full-sheet labels.
  • Attach the pattern pieces to cardboard.
  • Tape the pieces together. (The pattern creates all the shapes of your wolf’s face for you.)
  • Then cover your wolf with one layer of paper mache to create a strong, yet lightweight mask or wall sculpture.
  • Add paint (or use fake fur if you want.)
  • And show him off on your wall or at your next fancy-dress party.

The video below shows you how I painted my mask with acrylic paint. You could use black instead of gray – or paint it white. Look for wolf images on Google to find one with colors you really like.

You could even make one in each color for a 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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What others are saying about this pattern …

Hi, thank you for the pattern!
The directions were super easy to follow.
Though It took me all day to make, it was really easy to make.
I wanted it to be perfect!
I made it for a costume party I was going to, and my role was a
Shaman. The mask turned out awesome!!!
I added chicken feathers on the back to give
It a Native American feel, and painted that way too.

Thanks! Zoe

Wolf mask with faux fur made by Anthony Bagnette

I created the mask as part of a ‘mystery reader’ project at my daughter’s school. I read two books to her school in my big bad wolf costume – first, the traditional Little Red Riding Hood and then the same story from the wolf’s perspective. Kids and teachers alike enjoyed the reading and the costume.

Anthony B.

ethan's Flosser The Sled Dog

Thanks a million Jonni, your wolf mask saved us tonight. Our son had a school project due tomorrow morning that he’s been procrastinating on. So we got started around 5:30pm tonight and finished 3 hours later. Sure we skipped over the paper mache and did a quick spray paint…it turned out quite well.

Milo Dodds

Wolf masks with fake fur

My daughter was looking forward to being a wolf in our local production of Beauty and the Beast. Unfortunately, there were no professional rental costumes available in her size. Then I found your wolf mask pattern! Long story short: the director accepted my proposal to make 4 wolves. I didn’t use paint, but rather covered the masks with the same fabric I used for the bodies. Success! Thank you for helping me make my daughter’s dream come true and proving my stage-mom skills.

Jean Ann Wahl-Piotrowski

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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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