paper crafts

In this second to last installment of this guest blogger series – I am very happy to welcome Kellie from the blog Ricebabies. Today Kellie is sharing a tutorial for making these super cute paper animal masks.

My name is Kellie and I teach art to little ones and love making fun things to inspire the imagination. I have three little ones of my own and we often find fun ways to make art together which I share on my blog and I make fun toys for my shop, all inspired by children.  I enjoy simple clean designs. This mask we made over Spring Break and it was lots of fun.

For this mask you will need:

  • Cardstock (or a thicker paper),
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Hot glue or staples
  • And twine
  • Template

Think about what animals you want to make, talk and think about how it looks. What are its distinct features? The lovely part about this simple shape is that it could just about become anything you can imagine. We made a dragon, bunny and a fox.

  1. Hand draw or download and print the mask template. Our mask is about 14 inches (about 35 cm) wide and 13 inches (about 33 cm) high. For a large mask, you may want to rescale the pattern. You can always wing it, as long as the shape is there and the cut marks, it should work.
  2. Draw the features on your mask lightly in pencil. Then fold the mask in at the bottom where the cuts marks were previously made so that they overlap. It should start to look like a chin shape. Also fold in the middle to make sure eyeholes will be in the right place. I had my sons try theirs on so I could fit it to their face.
  3. We used hot glue but you could staple the seams (or cuts) in place. Next, paint and let dry.
  4. We added twine to the inside middle of the mask to tie on but they would have worked on a stick as well.


For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

book: pop-up

by kath_red on December 19, 2010

in Books, Paper+Mixed Media

Pop-Up Design and Paper Mechanics: How to Make Folding Paper Sculpture by Duncan Birmingham. Guild of Master Craftsman (2010)

Duncan Birmingham explains how to create pop-up mechanisms in a clear and precise way. The colourful diagrams and interesting projects will inspire you to get making immediately. There is no complicated measuring, just really sound basic techniques which are built on throughout the book. It takes you from simple techniques and projects that children will be able to happily make to complex designs for adults and advanced paper players.

Bonus templates at the back add to the excellence of this book. I envision quite a few family round table making sessions with this book as our guide and inspiration.

[ps. This book is not yet available in the US but you can get it from UK Amazon already. And if you are in the UK Duncan runs pop-up workshops - see his website for more information]


This is a ripsnorter of an idea! Link to tutorial.


This is terrific, would be great to use for a wedding or other celebratory invite! Link to tutorial.


For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

Sweet! Link to tutorial.


For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website