How to Make a Papier Mache Wolf Mask

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How to Make a Papier Mache Wolf Mask
You can use newspaper to make a papier mache mask. (newspaper image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

Papier mache is a crafting procedure that includes drenching strips of newspaper in a paste mix and letting them dry hard to form an object. You can use this technique to create a wolf mask, which you may need for a Halloween event or a costume party. Making the mask yourself will save costs over purchasing one from a costume shop, where similar items can sometimes be expensive. And, the project uses several items you may already have on hand.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Bowl
  • Glue
  • Flour
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Blow up a balloon until it is about the size of your head. Tie the end of the balloon in a knot to secure.

  2. 2

    Mix equal parts glue, flour and water in a bowl to create the papier mache paste.

  3. 3

    Tear newspaper into strips. Drench each strip in the paste mix, then drape the paper strips over only one side of the balloon. Let dry and harden.

  4. 4

    Pry the hardened mask off the balloon and use more drenched newspaper to make a wolf nose. Pile the wet paper in the centre of the mask to create a small hump. Let dry.

  5. 5

    Paint the mask brown, like a wolf, and let it dry. Paint on a mouth and nostrils over the nose as well, and let dry.

  6. 6

    Cut two holes where the eyes of the mask should go.

  7. 7

    Glue a piece of ribbon at the centre of each side of the mask, so the wearer can tie the mask securely on his face.

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