How to make a kid's elephant face mask

Updated February 21, 2017

Elephants are cool no matter whether you're a kid or you're an adult. They're smart, they remember things their entire lives and they also look wise and curious. If you love the way elephants look, you can copy them by making your very own elephant face mask. This project is very easy for kids to do and it is also a lot of fun. Your child can decide whether he wants to be an African elephant or an Asian elephant. He can even help you add some decoration to the elephant's face for a more ornate mask.

Lay newspaper over your work table so you don't get paint or glue on it.

Flip a paper plate over so that the bottom is facing you. Paint the bottom of the paper plate grey. Allow the paint to dry.

Cut out a trunk shape from some grey construction paper. You can make a trunk shape by cutting out a long piece shaped like the letter J.

Cut out elephant ear shapes from the grey construction paper. If you are making an Asian elephant, cut out small ears. If you are making an African elephant, you'll need to cut out big ears.

Cut eye holes out of the paper plate once the grey paint has dried. Hold the plate up to your child's face to make sure that he can see out of the eye holes.

Glue the elephant ears to either side of the paper plate. Glue the trunk to the middle, just beneath the eyes.

Decorate your elephant face. People all over the world dress elephants up for special occasions. Think of some elephants you have seen in the circus. You can decorate your elephant mask by gluing on some sequins or rhinestones or by painting on it as though the elephant was wearing face paint. Allow all the glue and paint on your mask to dry.

Punch a hole at the edge of either side of the plate, just under the ears. Lace your elastic through the holes and tie it in place. The elastic will hold the elephant mask on your child's face.


You can paint your elephant mask pink if you feel like doing something different.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Paper plate
  • Grey paint
  • Grey construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Decorations, such as sequins or rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Thin elastic
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About the Author

Elizabeth Hannigan began writing freelance articles in 2005. Her work can be found in "Orientations" magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in art history from the University of Delaware.