Headdress Mask Pattern
This zebra headdress mask is easy to make, with just a few pieces of cereal box cardboard and one layer of paper mache. No sculpting experience required – the pattern creates all the shapes for you.
With those bold black and white stripes you’ll definitely stand out in the crowd — or on stage. Get ready to be noticed!
How to Make a Zebra Mask With This Pattern:
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 the Videos Below to See How to Make Your Zebra Theater Mask
1: Taping the Pattern Pieces Together
In this video you can see how to cut out the pattern pieces, and then tape them together to form all the shapes of your mask, and how to add the foam balls for the eyes:
2: Painting Your Zebra
The bold black and white stripes on this paper mache Zebra headdress mask will make you stand out in the crowd – or on stage. But but don’t paint those stripes the hard way, like I did. ?
I painted the stripes backwards (you’ll do it much faster than I did), but I painted the eyes quickly, and they look great. There’s a light yellow line along the bottom, so they can be clearly seen, even from a distance. I had no idea that zebras have such beautiful eyes before I did my research for this project!
To Make Your Headdress Mask You’ll Need:
- The downloadable pattern, saved to your device
- Access to a Printer
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper instead of labels
- The front and back from from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes, or 10 pieces of letter-sized “light chipboard*” that you can purchase online.
- 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.
- Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay. Find recipes here. (I used brown paper that’s found in amazon.com boxes, and Titebond III wood glue. This video explains how I decide whether to use paste or glue on my projects.)
- A small amount of aluminum foil for details
- One 1.25″ (3.18 cm) foam ball for the eyes
- Acrylic gesso or latex primer
- Acrylic paint and acrylic varnish.
*If purchasing cardboard in place of the cereal boxes, it will be sold as “light chipboard.” Medium or heavy chipboard is too stiff to bend well.
Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?
If you have a question about putting your mask pattern together, 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.
Or send an email, if you prefer. That works, too. 🙂
When you finish your Zebra headdress mask…
We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos – and tell us about your mask, and how you used it, too. 🙂