DIY Paper Lion Mask for National Geo Kids



I was recently contacted by National Geographic Kids to create a fun DIY craft for kids in the theme of Trick-or-Treat for Big Cats. I love how they focus on big cats during the month of October and I was more than happy to tie it all in to Halloween. And over here, well we can’t get enough of lions, tigers, cheetahs, you name it!
If you need a simple and quick costume solution for this haunted weekend, or just a fun craft for imaginative play with the littless, this paper lion mask is your ticket!
For DIY instructions and a template, just head on over to National Geo Kids and click on the “lion mask (PDF)” link on the right hand side. From there you will be able to download a pdf with all the information you need.

Happy romping and roaring!

October 25, 2012
October 29, 2012



  1. Reply

    Lisa Rupp

    October 26, 2012

    I love it!

  2. Reply

    Sarah @ Two Blue Lemons

    October 26, 2012

    I don’t know what’s cuter – the mask or model?!

  3. Reply


    October 26, 2012

    That looks fantastic, I think I know what craft project my son and I are going to do this weekend, thanks!

  4. Reply

    Melissa Kojima

    October 29, 2012

    Oh how I love paper masks and exotic animals. Congrats on the assignment from National Geographic Kids. Really impressive and fun!

  5. Reply


    March 26, 2014

    Hello! I love this project, and I’d really like to do it with my students. I clicked on the link to the pdf but I couldn’t find it. Do you still have it available?

  6. Reply


    February 3, 2017

    How large is the template? I’m planning to buy orange posterboard on which to make these. Any tricks on how to scale it to the right size?


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.