How to Make African Animal Masks

Updated February 21, 2017

Making an African animal mask can be a very fun and easy project for children and adults alike. The best way to go about making your African animal mask unique and spectacular is to learn more about the animal you plan to create. You can do this by looking at animal pictures on the web or in books to get a feel for the animal's unique features as well as to know which animal feature would be fun to exaggerate.

Make an outline or draw your animal face on a piece of cardboard. Use a box knife or scissors to cut the mask out.

Draw in the animal's facial features; the eyes, nose, lips and ears. Cut out another cardboard piece for the animal horns (if any) and glue into place. Draw African-inspired patterns onto the face, using circles, zigzags and other shapes to add character to the mask.

Apply a minimal amount of glue to your pattern in areas where you want the beans, coloured rice and lentils to go, then add them. Do not dump the rice and beans in a puddle of glue because it will cause the mask to warp.

Lightly brush a water-thinned coat of glue over the rice and beans to secure the decorations. Allow the mask to dry for at least 60 minutes before handling.

Create a mask hanger with a 1-inch-by-4-inch strip of cardboard. Punch a hole to one of its ends and glue it to the top of the mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors or box knife
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue
  • Dried beans, lentils and rice
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