Bring the wild world of animals to life with our DIY Paper Plate Animal Masks! This fun and easy craft project is perfect for a creative afternoon at home. Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions:

Materials Needed:

  1. Paper Plates (one per mask)
  2. Paints or Markers
  3. Craft Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Craft Sticks or Elastic String
  6. Hole Punch (if using elastic string)

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Collect all the materials needed for the project. Lay them out on a clean and spacious work area.

Step 2: Choose Your Animal

Discuss with your child which animal they would like to create a mask for. Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! The possibilities are endless.

Step 3: Paint or Color the Paper Plate

Using paints or markers, color the paper plate to resemble the chosen animal. Encourage creativity by experimenting with colors and patterns. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 4: Cut Out Eye Holes

Once the paint is dry, carefully cut out eye holes. Make sure they are positioned at the right level for your child to see comfortably.

Step 5: Add Details

Enhance the mask by adding details such as ears, a nose, or any distinctive features of the chosen animal. You can use additional paper, craft foam, or even fabric to create these details. Attach them securely with craft glue.

Step 6: Attach a Handle

Decide whether you want to use craft sticks or elastic string to hold the mask. If using craft sticks, glue one to the bottom of the mask. If using elastic string, punch a hole on each side of the mask and attach the string.

Step 7: Personalize

Let your child’s creativity shine by personalizing the mask. They can add glitter, stickers, or any other embellishments to make their creation unique.

Step 8: Playtime!

Once everything is dry and secure, it’s time for some imaginative play! Whether it’s a jungle adventure or a farmyard escapade, these masks will transport your child to a world of fun and creativity.


Crafting paper plate animal masks is not only a fantastic way to spend quality time with your child but also a chance for them to explore their creativity. Visit our arts and craft store to find a wide array of paints, paper plates, and other supplies to fuel your child’s artistic endeavors. Let the wild crafting begin!

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