How to make a lion mane mask

Updated November 21, 2016

Masks are an ancient form of artistic expression and entertainment. Making masks can be a fun art project, and wearing them can make any celebration, from parties and parades to holidays and festivals, much more exciting and festive. Animal masks are especially popular, and what animal can be the king of the beasts? Making a lion mask with a furry mane is easy and inexpensive.

Get a blank white face mask, often found at party shops, or use paper plates. Layer two or three plates and glue them together to make your mask sturdier. Cut eyeholes in the plates. And punch holes on the side, about 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the edge, to attach a ribbon or elastic band so the mask form can be tied around the head.

Cut two small ovals or circles approximately 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) in diameter out of an index cards. Bend the bottom back, approximately 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) from the edge to create ears. Tape or glue the ears down on the mask form, one to each side of the upper top part of the mask.

Paint your mask with acrylic craft paints or tempera paints and craft paint brushes. Use a golden-brown for the overall colour, and paint features and details on your lion such as a dark brown or black nose or a light pink on the inside of the ears. Allow the mask to dry.

Use a hole puncher and punch around the perimeter of the mask, approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the edges, spacing the holes approximately 6 mm (1/4 inch) apart.

Take a 7.5 by 7.5 cm (3 by 3 inch) square of cardboard. Wrap a piece of brown yarn around the cardboard strip 10 times. Slide the yarn off the cardboard and pinch the loops together on the bottom. Cut away the excess yarn.

Wrap some clear tape around the bottom edge of the loops, where you are pinching them, to secure them together. Bind them tightly. You will need one small bundle like this for each hole around the mask.

Start at the front of the mask and slip the taped end of one of the yarn loops through the hole. Only push it in until the tape is obscured, leave the rest of the loops to stick out on the front of the mask. Tape the taped edges to the back of the mask to secure them in place. Continue doing this with each bundle around the mask.

Finger the loops to spread them around and separate them. Glue a few pieces of straw from a straw broom to the front of the lion's face to give your lion mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank face mask or paper plates
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
  • Index cards
  • Circle or oval template
  • Tape
  • Craft paint
  • Craft paint brushes
  • 7.5 by 7.5 cm (3 by 3 inch) piece of cardboard
  • Brown yarn
  • Broom straw
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