Kids love to make paper mache masks because learning how to make a paper mache mask is so easy and there are so many creative things that can be done with a paper mache mask!
One of my favorite projects when taking art classes was paper mache masks, I loved the sensory feel of the wet paper mache and I also enjoyed seeing the process of the paper mache mask drying and the end result of this wonderful craft.
The materials needed for a paper mache mask are: old newspapers, clay, acrylic paints, flour, water, clear glaze and an old table covering.
How to make a paper mache mask is really fairly easy but can be a little messy, so make sure to start out by covering the work area with an old table covering of some sorts.
Next, take a chunk of clay and shape it into an oval so that it is slightly larger than a human face. Then add a chin, nose, ears and lips with smaller pieces of clay, the eyes can be made by pushing in dents where the eyes would be appropriate.
The next step is making the paper mache paste with flour and water mixed together in a bowl, the paper mache paste should be a medium consistency. Tear or cut newspaper strips approximately 1 inch wide by 12 inches long. When starting out with the first layer of paper mache, wet the newspapers strips using water only and place on the clay mold in a vertical manner and then horizontal manner. The proceding layers after the first layer of newspaper strips should be dipped in the flour and water paste and again placed in a vertical and horizontal fashion, diagonal is okay too. Typically about 6 layers of the newspaper strips should be good for a solid paper mache mask.
Allowing time for the paper mache mask takes a lot of patience as it can take up to two days and it is imperative that the paper mache mask is completely dry. Once the paper mache mask is thoroughly dry, it is time to dig out the clay.
The paper mache mask can be painted however is desired, colors and designs make the paper mache mask more interesting. The paper mache mask can then be sealed with a clear type of glaze.
The final step is optional, using a drill or very sharp object, a hole can be placed on each side of the mask so that wire or string can be inserted for hanging purposes. However, the paper mache mask also looks nicely displayed standing up against a wall or firm object.
Kids and adults can both find great fun in making paper mache masks plus the masks make an excellent creative display!