How to make a dinosaur mask

Whether you're going to a costume party or making a costume for a child, dinosaurs inspire colourful masks and an array of unique shapes and expressions. Making your own masks gives you the flexibility to customise size and shape them to your preference. If full-face masks feel restrictive or uncomfortable, consider making a mask to cover only the top half of your face.

Draw an egg shape on a piece of paper for the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The egg should be larger than your head. Draw the open mouth in a downwards-facing V with sharp teeth lining the top and bottom. The centre point of the mouth should be about 2.5cm / 1 inch from the bottom of the head and extend to 2.5cm / 1 inch in from the centre on both sides. Make large pear shapes on both sides for the eyes. The narrow end of the pear should point inward toward the nose. Draw two small crescent shapes over the mouth for the nostrils.

Colour the dinosaur face in with crayons or paint and a brush. Use bright, bold colour contrasts to make the details stand out from a distance.

Cut the face out with paper scissors. Cut out the eye and holes.

Trace the dinosaur head on a thin piece of cardboard or the front of a cereal box. Cut out the face and eye holes from the cardboard. Glue the paper face to the cardboard.

Bend the mask in half vertically down the centre to give shape to the mask, and make it easier to cut the mouth hole.

Hold the paper to your face and look through the eye holes. Make a pencil mark on the back of the mask for mouth and ear holes. Cut out holes that are large enough for you to comfortably breathe from.

Glue bright sequins around the eye holes. The sequins will give the mask a shine as they catch the light, adding texture and detail to the mask.

Hold the mask up to your face again and mark the sides of the mask where the top of your ear aligns. Punch a hole with a hole punch over this line about an inch in from both sides.

Measure two lengths of yarn long enough to wrap around your head.

Pull the ends of yarn over your ears to the back of your head and tie them in a snug bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Dinosaur face template
  • Crayons or paint and a brush
  • Paper scissors
  • Thin cardboard
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Sequins
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
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Aurora LaJambre is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. For over five years she's covered topics in culture, lifestyle, travel, DIY design and green living for print and online media. Her publication credits include "WOW Women on Writing," "Six States" and She graduated from New York University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing.