How to make an Aztec mask

Updated April 17, 2017

The Aztecs were an indigenous civilisation who lived in central Mexico. They designed and created colourful masks that they used for religious rites and celebrations. The beautiful colours and vibrant designs of the masks are still enjoyed today by people who like Aztec art. Those who would like to own an Aztec mask can make their own imitation mask out of regular art supplies.

Get a paper plate and lightly draw the shape of a mask using a pencil.

Cut the paper plate according to the outline of the mask you drew.

Cover the mask with strips of newspaper soaked in glue and water to make it more durable. Let it dry.

Use your imagination and start drawing facial features on the mask using a light pencil. The face must look anything but ordinary, since some Aztec masks have large eyes, ears or noses, while some have eccentric looking lips.

Add additional patterns and designs. Most Aztec masks contain various lines and zigzag shapes. Remember, Aztec masks intentionally look slightly peculiar.

Start shading the patterns using paint or markers once the final sketch is finished. Feel free to add materials such as craft paper, beads, and sequins. It is better if you include vibrant and tribal colours, like turquoise or gold.

Cut out the eyes of the mask, so you can see when you wear it.

Punch a hole in both ears of the mask. Cut a rubber band in half and thread it through the holes. Tie both pieces of the rubber band together so you can wear your mask.


Books and websites on Aztec art will give you ideas for the design of your mask. If you are going to use markers for shading, use plain paper instead of newspaper to cover the mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • White paper or newspaper
  • Paint or markers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands
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