Make a paper mache mask

Make a paper mache mask

This is a simple and fun paper mache mask for kids to make. They can use it as part of a costume for a party or to play with around the house.

What you need:

  • Balloon
  • Strips of newspaper
  • Paper mache glue
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Hole puncher
  • Markers
  • Paint

Number of players:


The balloon will be your mask, so blow it up to the size of your child’s face.

Coat the balloon with two to three layers of newspaper strips soaked in paper mache glue and let it dry completely

Once dry, cover it with two to three more layers of plain paper strips (soaked in the paper mache glue) and again, leave to dry completely. Using plain paper makes it easier to paint on than the newspaper strips.

Pop the paper mache balloon (after the glue has dried) with a needle.

Use scissors to cut the paper mache ball in half.

Draw the mask face features such as a nose, eyes and mouth. (You can use the Paper Mache Mask Stencil Printable if required.)

Cut eye shapes out of the mask.

Make two small holes on the sides around the ears area using a hole puncher and put a rubber band through the holes securing with a knot.

Paint the mask and it’s ready to be used.

Download mask printable here

Paper Mache Mask DETAILS

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