Jack ‘o’ lantern mask

Jack ‘o’ lantern mask

What you need:

  • Paper plate
  • Orange paint
  • Crayons or markers
  • Paintbrush
  • Green string or elastic
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Number of players:


Draw your jack ‘o’ lantern’s face on the paper plate – oval eyes, a triangle nose and a zig-zag mouth.

Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth (see note).

Paint the face orange and allow to dry.

Use crayons or markers to draw around the facial features, so that they stand out nicely on the mask.

Punch a hole on either side of the face and thread a piece of string or elastic through each, tying one end so they don’t slip out.

Use these to secure your mask on your face.


  • Smaller children will need help cutting out the facial features. Older kids may find a small craft knife useful, with adult supervision – but don’t forget to put a craft mat underneath, to save your table from scratches!
  • Encourage kids to get creative decorating their mask once the paint has dried. They could glue on wool or pipe cleaners for hair, or add a funny bow tie beneath the mask’s mouth. Let them set their imaginations free!
  • If you don’t have a hole punch, use a sharp pencil or skewer to pierce your holes instead. For safety, place a large blob of Blu Tac on your work surface, then position the mask over the Blu Tac where you want to pierce your hole. Use the skewer or pencil to pierce through the cardboard and into the blob of Blu Tac beneath. This saves your fingers from nasty accidents!

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