African Paper Plate Mask

Paint and decorate a paper plate into an African mask.
African Paper Plate Mask craft


  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Craft knife
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads
  • Newspapers
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Tempera or poster paint
  • Colored pasta or crepe paper strips

Safety Tips

  • Keep the craft knife and hole punch out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 African Paper Plate Mask Ask for an adult's help.1. Punch 7 to 8 holes around the top half portion of the paper plate.
Step 2 African Paper Plate Mask Ask for an adult's help.2. Draw and cut out a pair of eye holes.
Step 3 African Paper Plate Mask 3. Take some strips of newspaper. Twist and form them into a mouth and nose shape.
Step 4 African Paper Plate Mask 4. Use white glue to attach the newspaper nose and mouth to the paper plate.
Step 5 African Paper Plate Mask 5. Let the glue dry for a few minutes.
Step 6 African Paper Plate Mask 6. Paint your mask with brown poster paint.
Step 7 African Paper Plate Mask 7. Use white paint to make designs on the mask. Dots and stripes are common African mask elements and they're pretty easy to make. Try using the opposite tip of your brush for making dots. You may use your fingers too.
Step 8 African Paper Plate Mask 8. Cut 4 pipe cleaners in half and attach each piece to a hole on the mask. Simply loop one end of the pipe cleaner around the hole and twist it to secure it in place.
Step 9 African Paper Plate Mask 9. String colored pasta and beads through each pipe cleaner. Seal the end by folding down the tip of the pipe cleaner.
Step 10 African Paper Plate Mask 10. Once you're finished, you're ready to show off your African mask.

Attach an elastic band on the two lowermost holes to wear the mask or you may simply put up the mask on the wall.

More Ideas

African Paper Plate Mask This African mask was made with a slight variation using colored paper strips for the hair. The paper strips were slightly crumpled up and glued directly onto the edges of the mask.

Other materials you can use for the hair include shredded paper, raffia or yarn.