Create a cute paper plate elephant mask using our printables. This mask craft is quick and simple to make and suitable for kids to do with their parents or guardians. If you’re looking for a quick costume, then you’re at the right place! All you need to do is grab your coloring materials, a paper plate and print this free printable!
- Paper Plate
- Poster Paint (red/pink, white, and black)
- Elephant Mask printable (download below)
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Create the base mask for the paper plate elephant
With a pencil, draw two circles for the peephole of the mask. Follow along the dashed line as illustrated in the picture above, or use your eyes to guide where to position the peephole for the mask.
You may use something circular to trace the circle, like the rim of a cup.
Once the outline of the peephole has been drawn, use scissors to cut the inner circle.
You may use a cutter if you find it more manageable. Just be very careful when handling sharp objects. Ask an adult to help, and do not let small children use a cutter on their own.
Here’s a tip: Cut a small slit at the center to make it easier to cut. Insert the scissors on the slit, then start cutting along the outline.
The peephole of your mask is finished! Time to paint.
Mix a dash of black to white paint to make the skin color of the elephant.
Color the whole paper plate mask with grey paint. Set it aside to let it dry.
Color then cut the printables.
Download and print the 2 printable sheets of the elephant mask. You can find the download button on the materials section above.
Color the printable trunk with grey paint. (Mix black and white to make grey).
Once painted, cut the trunk along the outline of the printable.
Color the earlobes of the elephant with the same grey paint. Color the inside with pink paint by mixing red and white.
Once the paint has dried, cut along the outer outline of each ear.
Time to assemble!
Assemble the paper plate elephant mask
Stick the ears at the back of the paper plate using glue. See the photo above as a guide. Then flip it over.
The elephant ears should be positioned like the sample image above.
Stick the trunk on the center of the paper plate using glue.
The paper plate mask is almost done! Time to attach the string for the mask.
Attach the strings of the mask
To keep the elephant mask in place when worn, attach two strings to the mask. Kind of similar to what you use to on a surgical mask. Punch a hole near the top eye area near the ear.
Now punch another hole on the bottom part of the elephant, as shown in the picture above.
With a string, tie a double knot on the top hole.
Let the string run through the back of the mask and insert it into the bottom hole.
The strap should look like this. It should be comfortably loose enough to wear on one ear like a surgical mask. Secure it with a double knot after. Make another strap on the other side.
The paper plate elephant mask is done! To wear it, slip the straps on both ears like a surgical mask.
- If you don’t want to wear the mask by inserting the straps on the ears, use a long stick and stick it to the back.