How to make your own frog mask

Written by red ashton | 13/05/2017
How to make your own frog mask
Pictures of real frogs can provide direction for creating a frog mask. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

From Kermit the Frog to the Frog Prince to your garden-variety frog, there are several costume options for those wanting to imitate this hopping-green amphibian. Along with a green outfit, no frog costume would be complete without a frog mask. A frog mask can be fashioned using household and common items found in art supply and craft stores. Children as young as four will be able to construct the mask with adult supervision.

How to make your own frog mask
Beer bottles can be used to trace the eyes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Use the bottom of a glass to trace two circles on one of the paper plates with a pencil. Cut out the circles. These will be the eyes. Sketch the pupils with a pencil then draw them using the permanent marker. Punch a hole in each eye with the hole punch. If bigger holes are needed, punch holes in a circle until the desired width is achieved.

How to make your own frog mask
Choose a green-colour spray paint with a metallic sheen to add flair. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Spray paint the two remaining plates. Do this over newspaper or cardboard to avoid staining surfaces. Spray on plate's bottom only. On the other plate, paint both sides. Allow adequate time to dry, about 20 minutes.

Cut the plate painted on both sides in half. On the straight end, right-side up, measure 1/4 inch across and fold down toward the mouth. Do this on both halves of the plate. These pieces will be affixed to the main plate and will create the mouth.

Punch holes on both sides of the main plate about halfway. Hold the plate up to your face to make sure this is the correct placement for the elastic. The holes should be just above the tops of the ears.

Intertwine the ends of 3 red pipe cleaners together to create one long piece. Coil one end up in a snail-shell shape. This will be the tongue. Fold up the other end 1/4 inch so it can be glued to the main plate.

Affix the two half plates together at the bottom of the mask, so they form a mouth. Tape the folded-down sections to the main plate using clear packing tape. The folded ends should be taped down on the inside of the mouth, not the outside. Tape the folded end of the pipe cleaner at the back-centre of the mouth with the coiled end jutting out.

Super glue the eyes to the top sides of the main face plate. The eyes should be like appendages to the main plate -- half on, half off.

Measure the elastic around the back of your head from the top of one ear lobe to the other. Don't pull the elastic when measuring. Thread the ends through each hole punch on the side of the main face plate. Tie a knot at each end to secure it.


Complete your frog costume with green sweatpants and sweatshirt.

Tips and warnings

  • Complete your frog costume with green sweatpants and sweatshirt.

Things you need

  • 3 small white paper plates
  • Glass with 1-inch-wide bottom
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thick-black permanent marker
  • One-hole punch
  • Green spray paint
  • Newspaper
  • 1/4-inch wide elastic
  • 3 red pipe cleaners
  • Clear packing tape
  • Super glue

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