Chinese New Year Crafts

Lion Mask

A completed lion mask will make your
A completed lion mask will make your

On the third day of the Chinese New Year, the Lion Dance begins. Some

people believe putting money in the lion's mouth will bring them luck! Bring good fortune to yourself with this lion mask.

What You'll Need:

Paper plate



Two paper egg carton sections



White glue

Measuring cup

Mixing bowl


Tempera paint





Ribbon scraps

Cut a slit in each side of the paper plate. Pull the edges of each slit together, and overlap them. Staple the edges together. This will bend the plate into a face shape.

Tape on the egg carton sections for bulgy eyes. Make a fist-sized ball of newspaper and tape it in place for the lion's snout. Crumple up some newspaper and put it under the mask so it will keep its form while you work.

Soon your lion mask will have a Soon your lion mask will have a
Soon your lion mask will have a

Tear newspaper into strips. Mix 1/2-cup white glue with 1/2-cup water. Soak the newspaper strips in the glue/water mixture. When you take the strips out of the mixture, slip them between your fingers to remove extra liquid. Cover the mask front and back with one layer of newspaper strips. Let it dry overnight.

Add a second layer of strips; smooth the strips over the mask with your fingers. Let dry overnight.

Paint with two coats of red tempera paint. Let dry.

Paint on the lion's mouth; decorate the mask with beads, sequins, and feathers. Tape a loop of ribbon to the back of the mask so you can hang it on your wall.

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