Make an easy paper elephant mask using our printable mask templates. Wear your adorable elephant mask for various animal-themed learning activities, parties and events.
- A4 or Letter size cardstock
- Crayons, colored pencils or any water-based paint (e.g. tempera or acrylic paint)
- Elastic string
- Hole punch
- Transparent tape
Print out the mask template
Choose from any of these elephant mask templates. Print out the file on A4 or Letter size card stock.
Color the mask
If you chose the black & white mask template, color or paint all the pieces. You can use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or a water-based paint such as tempera, poster paint or acrylic paint.
Leave out the sections bordered by dotted lines—the eyes, the pair of little circles at the sides of the mask, and the tabs on the ears with the words “Glue here”.
Let the paint dry
If you painted your mask, let the paint dry completely.
Out the pieces.
Out all the pieces—the head, the pair of ears, and the trunk.
Strengthen the holes
Notice the pair of little circles on each side of the mask? These are the spots where you need to punch holes for attaching the string. Paper masks normally tear around these holes after a few uses. To reinforce these spots, put transparent tape over the marked holes and fold the tape towards the back of the mask.
Punch holes on the pair of little circles.
Apply glue on the tab
Take one of the elephant’s ears. Apply glue on the entire tab area.
Glue the ear behind the mask
Position the ear behind the mask, aligning the dotted line on the ear with the side of the mask.
Carefully press on the side of the mask to glue the ear in place.
Glue the other ear
Similarly glue the other ear on the opposite side of the mask.
Glue the trunk
Apply glue behind the top edge of the trunk. Glue the trunk below the elephant’s eyes.
The mouth is hidden underneath the trunk, just like a real elephant’s.
Attach a string
A length of elastic string, mine is around 16 inches. Tie the ends of the string around the holes on the sides of the mask.
Wear the mask
Try on your awesome elephant mask. It should fit snugly but not too tight. Adjust the length of the string if necessary.