A realistic cat mask is made from paper mache and fake fur. The base of the mask uses a human mask form. Mask forms are available at hobby and craft stores. Old plastic Halloween masks also work for the base. It does not matter what character is portrayed in the mask. Try on the plastic mask to fit the intended person's face before beginning the project. The project takes several days to complete.
Mix the paper mache according to the directions on the box. Use a wooden spoon to mix the paper mache. Cover the paper mache mixture with a lid when not in use.
Cover the work surface with three to four sheets of newspaper. Tear 100 strips of newspaper 1-by-6-inches.
Place the plastic mask form in the middle of the newspaper. Dip a strip of newspaper into the paper mache. Squeeze the excess paper mache from the strip by drawing it through your thumb and forefinger. Place the strip on the form and push into place. Repeat the process until the mask is covered with two layers. Overlap the strips during placement to create a solid base. Let dry for two hours.
Put two to three more layers of paper mached newspaper strips over the mask form. Let the mask dry completely. This takes 12 to 24 hours.
Wad several strips of newspaper together to form a ball approximately 2-inches in diameter. Dip the ball into the paper mache. Squeeze the paper mache into the ball. Place the ball in the cheek area of the cat. Repeat the process with a second ball. Shape the balls into the desired cheek shape. Place several paper mache strips over the cheeks to hold into place. Two to three layers of strips is required. Repeat this process to form the contours of the cat face and the foundation for the ears. Allow the mask to dry for 24 to 48 hours before continuing.
Remove the dried mask from the mask form. Cut the eyes out with a craft knife. Cut around the edge of the mask to remove excess paper mache strips.
Use a permanent marker and colour the edges around the mask and the eye openings.
Place the mask on the mask form. Liberally cover the mask with tacky glue.
Cut a 14-by-14-inch square from the fake fur. Center the square of fake fur over the mask. Press the fabric on the mask face. Begin forming the fur to the face by pressing the nose into place. Gently press the square of fabric around the shapes on the mask. Allow the fabric to dry 24 hours.
Remove the mask from the form and cut off the excess fake fur around the edge of the mask. Thread a needle with 24-inches of fishing line. Tie a knot in the end of the fishing line. Push the needle through the back of the mask in the desired whisker location. Cut the whisker to length. Repeat the process for the remaining whiskers. Cut the excess fishing line from the ends of the knots on the inside of the mask. Put a layer of tape over the knots to hold in place.
Place the mask over the face. Mark the mask just over the top of each ear. Remove the mask from the face. Cut a piece of elastic 6 1/2 inches long. Staple the ends of the elastic onto the mask at the marked areas.
Things you need
- Plastic mask or plastic mask form
- Paper mache
- Plastic container with lid
- Wooden spoon
- Fake fur
- Craft knife
- Black permanent marker
- Tacky glue
- Fishing line
- 2-inch sharp needle
- 1/4-inch elastic