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Make a papier-mâché Greek mask


In today's history lesson, you learnt about ancient Greek masks. For today's art lesson, can you design your own Greek mask and make it using papier-mâché? The instructions are below, along with some pictures of ancient Greek masks to give you some inspiration for your own. If you don't have the equipment for making papier-mâché, why not make your own paper mask like the ones shown below.


Intructions for papier-mâché.


You will need:

  • An old newspaper, comics or magazines
  • 1 level mug of plain flour
  • 1 level mug of warm water, plus extra tap water for loosening the mixture


  1. Draw out the shape of your mask onto a piece of thin cardboard (an old cereal box will do) and cut it out.
  2. Carefully, with the help of an adult, cut out the holes for the mouth and eyes.
  3. Tear or cut strips or little squares from your newspaper, comics or magazines (do this first before you make the paste so that the paste doesn’t set while you’re cutting paper).
  4. Stir together the flour and warm water in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Add extra water, a little at a time, to loosen the mixture. You want a smooth, batter-like paste with no lumps. You can sift the flour first for a super smooth finish.
  5. Dip the paper strips into the paste, wipe off the excess on the side of the bowl and stick onto your mask template. Use a paintbrush or your fingers to smooth down the paper and remove any air bubbles or excess paste.
  6. You will need to repeat the layering process, building up the features of your mask such as the lips, nose and around the eyes.
  7. Once you are happy with your mask, leave it to dry for a few hours before painting.
  8. You can even add details such as hair to your mask by cutting up strips of coloured paper.