Folded Paper Animal Mask Instructions

Updated April 17, 2017

Making an animal mask out of construction paper is a fun and easy project for a rainy day. With just a few craft supplies, you can make a variety of animals --- a lion, monkey, cat or wolf --- all from the same pattern by adding different things like manes and ears.

Choose two pieces of yellow, tan, or brown construction paper. One is for the face and the other is for the mane of your lion. They should be different colours.

Fold the lighter-coloured paper lengthwise down the middle, and flatten the crease with your hand.

Cut the paper into a long oval shape, keeping it folded. Cut off as little as you can, just to remove the corners and give the paper a rounded outline.

Unfold the paper, and make a 1-inch cut on the line at the top and bottom.

Pull the paper together at the cuts and tape them into place. This gives your mask a rounded oval shape.

Lay this part of your lion mask aside, and fold your other paper in half lengthwise and crease it.

Use shaped scissors to cut the outside edges of the paper into the same long oval shape you used on the face.

Keep the paper folded and use the shaped scissors to cut out the middle of the paper so that your mane is a long oval ring. You want the mane to be roughly two inches wide.

Tape the mane to the mask with the rough edges showing on the front. Put your tape on the back of the mask so it doesn't show.

Decorate the face of your mask to look like a lion. You can use cut outs for the eyes and nose, and crayons, markers or chenille sticks for the mouth and whiskers.

Tape a craft stick to the inside bottom of your lion mask so you can hold it in front of your face to roar (nicely) at your friends.

Use the pattern above to make other animal masks, including a monkey, cat or wolf. All you need is imagination to substitute ears for a mane, and a picture or drawing of the animal to help you make its eyes, nose and mouth look right.

Have fun with your creations, and add things like glitter, googly eyes or pom noses.

Help your friends make their own animal masks, and you can put on your own puppet show.


Adding bits of velvet or fake fur to your mask will make it look and feel more realistic.


Mom or Dad should do the cutting.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper in varying colours
  • Scissors
  • Shaped scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue (optional)
  • Craft sticks
  • Crayons or markers
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