Want to learn how to make a paper plate mask? We got you covered with this step by step paper plate mask tutorial. This paper plate mask craft is perfect for kids of all ages whether they’re younger kids or older kids. This paper plate craft is perfect whether you’re at home or in the classroom!

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Make your own paper plate mask with intricate designs!

How to Make Paper Plate Masks

Paper plate crafts are so much fun! We’ve made paper plate roses and other paper plate crafts with kids. But this time, we were inspired by imagination. Since my three-year-old pretends to be a fairy or a superhero almost every day, we crafted these quick and easy paper plate masks to help look the part! What a fun way to use paper plates.

Related: Check out these other paper plate crafts!

I love paper plate crafts for kids. I particularly love making masks with them. We’ve made masks out of thinner paper before, but they rip easily. Since we don’t want to risk revealing anyone’s identity (wink, wink), we use paper plates!

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Supplies Needed To Make Paper Plate Masks

Directions to make Paper Plate Masks

Video: How To Make Paper Plate Masks

Step 1

Start by cutting out the shape. We tried a full mask, but my preschooler did not like the way that it felt, so we shortened it to a half mask.

Step 2

Cut two holes for eyes. These will be the eye holes.

Step 3

Let your child paint the mask with watercolors.

Step 4

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Decorate these masks anyway you want!

Once dried, have your child stamp the mask with a toilet paper roll and glue.

Step 5

Sprinkle glitter on top.

Step 6

Punch two holes on either side of the mask and thread pipe cleaners (or string) through the holes.

Step 7

Connect the pipe cleaners to fit.

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Promote pretend play with these homemade masks.

Paper Plate Mask Craft Notes

Make sure you cute large enough holes for the eyeholes. It’s hard to measure, but we don’t want the kiddos crashing into things. Also, it is better if you leave the bottom side of the paper plate mask a little bigger than the cheeks, that way no sharp edges scratch.

Variations on this Paper Mask craft

  • You can always glue your mask to a craft stick so it’s more of a masquerade mask.
  • Don’t have a paper plate? Try construction paper! It won’t be as sturdy, but will work in a pinch. You can use any colors like black construction paper, white, blue, red, whatever your favorite colors are!
  • You can also add other things to your mask like: pom poms, fake eyebrows, sequins, faux gems, anything you want.
  • Add a large popsicle stick to hold your mask.

Our Experience With This Paper Plate Mask Craft

There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up over something that they have created.  My superhero had “to fly” the second she put on her mask. Isn’t it amazing how a paper plate can spark creativity?

Why These Paper Plate Masks Are So Great

I love these types of crafts. They are a great way to use up leftover paper plates, and easy way to use up art supplies, but there are so many other benefits when it comes to making these little masks.

Mask-making activity is perfect for:

  • Fine Motor Skill Practice
  • Mardi Gras
  • Halloween
  • Pretend Play
  • Great Paper Plate Masquerade Masks
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How to Make Paper Plate Masks

How to Make a Paper Plate Mask

Make a paper plate mask using a paper plate, pipe cleaners, scissors, and all the decorations! This is a paper plate craft that is great for kids of all ages!


  • Paper Plate
  • Watercolors
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Pipe Cleaner or String


  • Scissors


  1. Start by cutting out the shape.
  2. Cut two holes for eyes.
  3. Let your child paint the mask with watercolors.
  4. Once dried, have your child stamp the mask with a toilet paper roll and glue.
  5. Sprinkle glitter on top.
  6. Punch two holes on either side of the mask and thread pipe cleaners (or string) through the holes.
  7. Connect the pipe cleaners to fit.

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Did your kids enjoy this fun craft? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear! 

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  1. I wanted to tell you we tried something like this once, but ours were no where near as cute as the masks you made!

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  2. Great idea! I have used paper plates to make tons of crafts, but I don’t think I have ever made a mask with them. My kids will LOVE doing this!

  3. what a sweetie! awesome mask, will try this with the grandbabies. I am sure they will love it 🙂