Animal Masks

all masks are done!

Ever since Aina was little, we like to tell her stories about animals. All kinds of animals in the forest, the farm, under the sea and all around us here in urban Singapore. We tell Aina what these animals like to eat, what kind of sounds they make, how they move… and since it’s obvious she really likes these animal story sessions, we thought role-playing might be an interesting way for her to express herself as well.

the making of piggy mask

So one day, we decided to make some quick and easy animal masks out of common house-hold materials found in the kitchen. Paper plates and cups, glue, scissors, thin elastic band (or rubber bands), coloring markers, and acrylic (or poster) paint. We used paper plates and cups for these masks, because they are coated with wax and won’t become soggy from sweat during energetic role-plays.


The Pink Piggy

Out of the tree that we made, it was the easiest to make and also happened to be Aina’s favorite. Basically, it’s a paper plate with a shortened paper cup glued to it to form the snout. First, we cut the edge of the paper cup to shorten it, then in a radiating pattern so that it can easily glued to the plate. Then, cut the eye holes carefully with sharp scissors. Make sure that they are aligned with the kid’s eyes.

the making of piggy mask

Then, we added ears — you can use an extra plate for this or the leftover pieces from the paper cup. We made two holes on each side of the mask for attaching the rubber band or elastic band. Lastly, we let Aina paint the mask pink with the acrylic paint. 

the making of piggy mask


The Blue Bunny

This one was pretty similar to the Piggy mask, except that instead of a paper cup, we used another paper plate for the snout. A pizza pie shape was cut out of the second paper plate, so that the remaining portion can be bent to form a shallow cone. Then cut the base of the cone to form the bunny’s cheeks and two buck-teeth before gluing it to the face plate.

assembling rabbit

To make the ears, we trimmed the pizza pie shape that was cut earlier out of the second plate, and glued them to the face plate. We told Aina that she could paint this one blue, but leave the snout white.


After the paint dries, I drew the bunny nose and teeth with black marker.


The Yellow Lion

The hardest to make out of the three, we used yellow knitting yarn for the Lion’s mane. We glued the yarn down (in loops) to a 2cm thick outer rim, cut out of a paper plate.

snip snip

This is to prevent the glued yarns from sticking to the kid’s forehead when wearing the mask. Ears were attached to the back of a second paper plate. Using a third paper plate, we created a snout similar to the bunny mask – this time without the buck-teeth. We painted the Lion yellow and drew the Lion’s face with markers, since Aina was already busy ‘oink’ing away with the piggy mask at this point. Finally, after cutting the loops off the yarn, we glued the hair piece to the back of the face plate so that the yarn is sandwiched between the two plates.


putting the hair together



You can try to make other animal masks by modifying the shape of the snout and ears. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and have fun!

all masks are done!



  1. meralda
    meralda April 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Whoaaaa! Sekeluarga emang kreatif!

  2. nalabunbun
    nalabunbun April 16, 2010 at 3:08 am


  3. Adhitya
    Adhitya Mulya April 16, 2010 at 6:17 am

    kreatif bgt!

  4. yudhis
    yudhis April 16, 2010 at 6:44 am

    wuih muantab!

  5. ipeh
    Musdalifa Anas April 16, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Pertama kali liat cerita ini di avocadolite langsung jatuh hati sama si Blue bunny. Mas Ari’s familiy emang super duper kreatif. Keren!

  6. nies
    nies April 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

    topengnya kereen…kreatif abis deh sekeluarga…

  7. rhisuka
    riska nurmarlia April 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

    akhirnya di-post juga.. kapan2 bikin aaahh.. :)

  8. Urban Papa
    Chandra Marsono April 16, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Pernah bikin nih, tapi hasilnya gak sebagus lo buat. Cool, jadi semangat bikin lagi. TFS

  9. superpippo
    Astrid Lim April 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

    waaa…selalu kagum sama bapak-ibu yang artsy dan kreatif =) pasti aina nanti nurunin sifat kreatifnya dehhh…btw the pink piggy looks so cute!

  10. ninit
    ninit yunita April 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

    lucuuu! kreatif banget!

  11. otty
    Pangastuti Sri Handayani April 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Seperti biasa, keluarga ini ga pernah keabisan ide :) Keren!

  12. ienx
    iing April 16, 2010 at 9:14 am


  13. sukie
    Sukma Pertiwi April 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    pink piggy is my favourite! :). kreatif yah…duh, apa lagi yang dibuat sama Ari and Thalia ya??senang sekali jadi Aina…hehe :)

  14. myson
    myson April 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    keluarga seru asik kreatif! :) kalo udah bikin art project, paper plate itu usefuuul banget ya!

  15. Mirza Resita
    April 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    piggy paling favorit! abis warnanya pink siii :p
    kadang gak kepikiran ya bikin mainan murah & gampang kayak gini..gak mahal ternyata bisa bikin seneng juga! :)

  16. Riri
    Riri April 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    kreatifnyaa.. dan kalo yg bikin ari & thalia selalu terlihat gampang ya.. *suka ngintip avocadolite* :)
    TFS yah!


  17. djemima
    Jemima Iskandar April 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Duh kenapa dulu orang tua gue ngga kaya loe berdua ya, ehuahehhueeh.

    Uber coooollll, mau bikin aaaahhhh, thanks Thalia and Ari!

  18. eka
    Eka Wulandari Gobel April 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Kewl! Kreatif bgt! Bikinin doong.. :-)

  19. sefa
    Sefa Firdaus April 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

    kereeennnn!!! semoga ketularan kreatifnya :)

  20. ari
    Ari Widjanarko April 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thanks buat semuanya yang nulis komen positif yah. Moga2 bisa ngasih ide buat bikin2 DIY masks yang mendukung imajinasi si kecil. Tapi yang lebih penting: having fun waktu bikinnya :)

  21. agis
    agis April 17, 2010 at 6:52 am

    asli, kreatif+keren bgt…harus coba bikin nih…thanx 4 inspiring…

  22. thelilsoldier
    inga April 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Ari, Thalia, Aina… Kereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

  23. ari
    Ari Widjanarko April 17, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks buat semuanya yang nulis komen positif yah. Moga2 bisa ngasih ide buat bikin2 DIY masks yang mendukung imajinasi si kecil. Tapi yang lebih penting: having fun waktu bikinnya :)

  24. jerry
    Jerry Adhistie April 18, 2010 at 1:48 am

    udah baca di blognya Thalia nih, emang kreatif ya keluarga kalian, inspiring deh… itu Aina keliatan telaten banget ya ngelukisin topengnya.. hebaat..

  25. Mama ZK
    Darina Danil October 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Woaa telat bacanya, keren banget! kalo bikin kodok tapi gimana yah..

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