I have this great love of paper plates. I use them for everything. A pile of 50 goes really, really quickly in my house. Aside from parties, they’re often folded up into little boxes for mini craft storage or picnic packaging, cut up into gift tags or just used as craft paper – they kids draw on them and cut them up into all sorts of random things – and then we even make good use of the off-cuts for maths homework working out! They’re also so brilliant for crafts. I’m running a free kids craft stand at an upcoming fete and decided pretty quickly I’d create some crafts around paper plates. One of them will be these lion masks for the younger kids. We’ll most likely shred some newspaper or whatever paper we can get our hands on for the fete, but these shades of tissue paper and tinsel are perfect for a lion’s mane.
Shredded tissue paper and tinsel (from dollar stores)
Single hole punch (or just use the scalpel)
Face paint or eyeliner pencil
Step 1: Cut around the base of the paper plate with the scalpel so you have a hole.
Step 2: Using the circle you’ve just cut out, cut two ears and set aside.
Step 3: Punch a hole on either side of the plate. Thread and tie your elastic to create a mask.
Step 4: Cut your shredded tissue paper and tinsel into smaller pieces so they’re not too much longer than the edge of the plate. Mix them up a little for a more “natural” mane! Glue the face of the paper plate and stick the mane in place.
Step 5: Glue the ears in place.
Step 6: Gently cut around the inside of the mask to trim away excess “hair” so it doesn’t tickle your child’s face! Be careful not to snip through the elastic.
Step 7: Leave to dry in the sun and in the meantime, paint on a nose and some whiskers. Once the glue is dry, pop the mask on your child’s head. The plate can be popped outwards to sit nicer on their face. ROAAR!