How Do You Make A Paper Mache Mask?

How to Make a Papier Mâché Mask (for Kids)


With a Balloon

  1. Inflate a balloon.Avoid blowing it up too much or else it may pop. The size of the balloon will be the size of your mask. For smaller children, a smaller balloon will be easier to work with.
  2. Gather and create the materials needed for your papier mâché.It's fine if you just have newspaper, but it's even better if you have newspaper and a solid paper, like printer paper. Grab a whole bunch of sheets and some flour and water for your paste.
    • Rip the papers into strips or squares, depending on the size of your balloon. You'll need enough for at least three layers and whatever molding you may want to do.
    • Create a paste with 2 cups (220 g) flour and 1 cup (200 ml) water. If you don't have flour, you can use two parts white glue and 1 part water. Mix it well. The paste will be easiest to use if it's in a shallow tray or wide brimmed bowl.
  3. Cover the balloon with papier mâché.Dip a piece of paper into the paste and let the paper soak in the paste. Get the excess off the paper by scraping it along the side, if necessary. You may want to lay down extra newspaper to clean up the mess easily later.
    • The first layer should be placed vertically, the second horizontally, and so forth. Use the blank paper in between newspaper layers to make it easy to see where you've already gone.
    • If you'd like to mold on features, do so now. The beauty of papier mâché is that the strips can mold into virtually any shape. You can form eyebrows, cheekbones, or lips rather easily.
    • Leave it on the side to dry. Make sure that the paper is secured on the balloon or else your mask may come apart. This may take several hours.
  4. Pop the balloon with a needle.For safety reasons, be sure to pop it away from your face. You've now got the base of your mask!
  5. Use scissors to cut the newspaper ball in half.Depending on how much of the balloon you covered, you may end up with two separate masks, one large mask, or a mask that you want to shave down to size.
    • If you want a slightly different shape, by all means! Cut off a lower forehead, cut off the chin to be able to speak, or make any style choices you see fit.
  6. Start cutting holes.You'll want two for eyes, at least one for the nose, and possibly one for the mouth. If you're going to wear it, make sure the holes line up! In addition, poke two holes on the side to hold the band that will keep the mask on your face.
    • Push a rubber band (cut in half) through the holes and make a knot on each side. If you don't have a rubber band, you may use string, ribbon or a long piece of elastic.
  7. Paint the mask.This is where your (or your child's) creativity really gets to shine. It's all up to you. And if paint isn't enough, add hair, googly eyes, glitter, or any other embellishment you have handy.
    • Let dry overnight. The last thing you want is a perfect mask that is ruined by touch. Come back to it the next day and marvel at your work.

With a Gallon Jug

  1. Clean out a gallon jug.It must have a handle as this will be used for the nose. Make sure it's clean! You don't want any old milk stench wafting around.
    • Cut it in half, keeping the handle in tact. That means you'll be cutting it in half the long way.
    • Cut out holes for the eyes and mouth, as big or as small as you'd like. Also cut holes near the ears to be used to attach the headband later on.
  2. Prepare your papier mâché materials.You'll need enough strips (about 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) long) of newspaper and printer paper to cover at least three layers. Grab some flour and water and you're set.
    • You'll need two layers of newspaper and one of printer paper -- the printer paper is best for the top layer. The pieces don't have to be perfect, so just rip them yourself.
    • Whisk two cups (220 g) of flour and 1 cup (200 ml) of water in a bowl to make your paste. Add a bit more of either if it's too runny or too thick. Lay down newspapers now before the mess accumulates!
      • You can use white glue thinned out with water, if that's more accessible.
  3. Start covering your jug.One by one, grab a strip of newspaper, dip it in the mixture, shake off any excess, and lay it on your jug. Start horizontally for the first layer -- then switch to vertically for your second. Don't cover the holes!
    • Let the first layer dry completely before you start your second. Do this with each layer.
    • Once you're done with all your newspaper layers, start molding features (also with newspaper). You can make ears, cheekbones, eyebrows, mustaches -- anything you can imagine.
    • When you're done with the features, papier mâché the last layer (vertically) from your torn computer paper. The white paper gives you a blank canvas to start creating. Allow it to completely dry before you go any further.
  4. Start decorating.This is the fun part! The sky is the limit here. Use whatever you have in the craft closet or the kitchen to complete your mask's look.
    • Use ribbon, feathers, faux hair, pipe cleaners, or even macaroni if it floats your boat. Let it dry and then your children can go off and start their adventure.
    • Attach a ribbon, string or rubber band through the holes near the ears to create a headband, if the mask is to be worn.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Does it matter what flour I use?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You may use any type of flour to create a papier mache mask.
  • Question
    How much water do I mix in with the flour?
    Ryan Prior
    Community Answer
    You should use an equal amount of water and flour (1 cup flour + 1 cup water).
  • Question
    How do I make extra stuff such as animal ears for an animal mask?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Tissues dipped in the paste mix is very malleable. Aluminum foil is very common. There are foam and wood molds available as well.
  • Question
    What kind of paint should I use?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Tempura or acrylic would be the best options.
  • Question
    What is a good way to form the nose?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you add torn up tissues and mix it up, it becomes pliable. Then you can shape the nose. You could also start the mask by taking double the amount of tinfoil you need to cover your face. Fold it in half, and cover your face with it. Press it in to all the nooks and crannies. Then cover it with papier mache, letting it dry between layers. I would do three or four layers.
  • Question
    How do I make an alien mask?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use the balloon method. Cut it in half from top to bottom and cut out all the holes you wish. To make it scarier I suggest not making a mouth hole, just the eyes and a nose. Paint it a nice, unnatural green; you could even go the distance and get glow-in-the-dark paint.
  • Question
    Can I use any balloon?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is suggested to use a balloon that is round, but you can use any balloon that you wish.
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Things You'll Need

With a Balloon

  • Balloon(s)
  • Glue or flour and water
  • Newspaper and printer paper
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Bowl or tray
  • Rubber band
  • Paint & other decorations

With a Gallon Jug

  • Strips of paper and newspaper
  • Flour and water for papier mâché
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Decorative embellishments
  • Rubber band

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