How to Make a Gorilla Mask

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Things You'll Need

  • 12-by-12-inch square of cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Sharp scissors
  • 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of brown felt
  • 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of tan felt
  • School glue
  • Small tube of black puff paint
  • Skein of black yarn
  • Wooden craft stick

If your child’s favorite zoo exhibit is the primates, he will enjoy making his own gorilla mask. This mask can be used as a story time prop when reading “Goodnight, Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann, for pretend play or as part of a Halloween costume. While an adult will need to cut the cardboard, the child can cut the yarn and to glue the mask together. The combined materials of yarn, felt and puff paint add texture to the mask.

Place the ruler along the top of the square of cardboard to find the top center of the cardboard. Place a pencil mark 1 inch down from the top and centered across the cardboard square. Draw a shallow "m" shape with the downward point of the “m” at the center mark and the outer edges of the “m” extending 4 inches to either side of the center mark. This is the top of the gorilla’s head.

Draw ears beginning at the sides of each “m.” Each ear should be 1-inch wide and 3-inches long.

Draw a 4-inch line downwards from the bottom of each ear.

Begin at the bottom of each 4-inch line and draw a 2-inch line at a 45-degree angle towards the center of the mask.

Connect the 2-inch lines with a curved jaw line. The bottom of the jaw should extend to the bottom edge of the cardboard square.

Use the sharp scissors to cut the gorilla mask out of the cardboard.

Hold the mask in front of the child’s face and mark the placement of the eye holes. Remove the mask from child's face. Use the sharp scissors to cut out the eye holes.

Place the cardboard mask on top of the sheet of brown felt. Use the pencil to trace the mask onto the felt. The ears will extend beyond the sheet of felt. Cut the traced shape out of the felt. Cut the ears out of the scrap felt. Have the child glue the felt to the cardboard mask.

Draw a peanut shape on the sheet of tan felt that measures 8 inches from top to bottom and 5 inches across at the widest points. Cut out the peanut shape. Place the peanut shape centered on the mask and cut out eye holes. Have the child glue in place.

Have the child use the puff paint to add nostrils and a mouth centered beneath the eye holes.

Have the child use safety scissors to cut 3-inch strips of black yarn. When satisfied with the amount of strips, have the child glue them around the edges of the gorilla mask to make fur. Allow the mask to dry.

Flip the mask over and glue a wooden craft stick, centered at the bottom of the mask, to use as a handle.


  • Supervise children using scissors.


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