Lion Mask or Wall Hanging
This lion mask or wall hanging craft is a fun and creative art project where each child designs his/her own lion. It can also be a cutting project for younger children, where the necessary shapes - circles, triangles and ears - are marked on construction paper for them to cut. It's a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
Parental supervision is recommended with the use of the utility knife.
What you'll need:
- Paper plate
- Tan or brown yarn
- Brown or tan, red, and black construction paper
- 3 or 4 Brown pipe cleaners
- Tacky glue
- Utility knife
- Hole punch (for mask)
How to make it:
- Do this step only if you are making a mask - this can also be a wall hanging. Put the plate over your face like a mask. Ask the grownup to use a pencil to lightly mark where your eyes are under the plate. Ask the grownup to cut out the eyes so that you will be able to see from behind the finished mask.
- Use the crayons to color the mask the color you would like your lion to be. If you would like, draw on details (nose, mouth, etc.) at this time. The plates can also be painted tan, and decorated later when they are dry.
- If the you are going to cut out shapes to make the face, the cheeks are made of two circles, and are put on (touching each other) before the black nose is put on. The eyebrows and inner ear details are drawn on. Cut out your face parts and glue them on.
- Have a grownup cut the brown pipe cleaners in half. Glue these on for the lion's whiskers.
- Cut pieces of yarn about 2 inches long to make the lion's mane. Glue these all around the "head" of the lion. Using a thick craft glue will make this part much easier.
- If you're making a mask, use the hole punch to punch a hole on either side of the mask. Cut two pieces of yarn (about six inches long apiece) Tie one piece in each hole to make a strap to hold the mask. Tie the mask on and give your best growl! Another option for kids who do not like having masks tied on is for them to just hold it up to their face.