Make a Wild Thing mask

Make a Wild Thing mask

Where The Wild Things Are is a classic tale by Maurice Sendak, about a boy gone wild … in his imagination. It's easy to make your own Wild Thing mask for dress-up days. Just follow our simple instructions.

What you need:

  • a white paper plate
  • yellow foam board
  • orange foam board
  • white foam board
  • black felt
  • brown felt
  • ball of black wool
  • scissors
  • glue
  • chopstick, pop stick or bamboo skewer (mask handle)

Number of players:


Place the piece of black felt behind the paper plate so about 5cm is showing. Cut a semi-circle shape to match the top of the plate. Fringe cut the black felt.

Now make yellow eyes out of the yellow foam board and an orange nose from the orange foam board. Accentuate your Wild Thing's crazy eyes with a small black felt pupil and white 'glint in the eye'.

Cut a jagged sharp-toothed mouth from the brown felt.

Gather up a bunch of black wool and make a fringe. Secure it in the centre with a small piece of wool tied at the centre part.

Gather up more wool and create the hair and a beard. Secure this with masking tape at the back of the paper plate (see video).

Make two white horns from the white foam board.

Now put it all together with a good fast-drying craft glue.

Glue a chopstick or large pop stick to the bottom edge to be used as a mask handle.

Now roar your terrible roar and gnash your terrible teeth!

  • Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for creating the instructional video.

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