Kids Halloween Costume – DIY Paper Plate Mask

Every year we face that little task of finding a kids Halloween costume. Well friends I am here to help you out! Enter your name and email address below and I’ll send you my free paper plate mask template to help you with your own kids Halloween costume.

I started making these little masks earlier in the year for Read Across America week because my daughter needed to dress up as a Dr. Seuss character and wanted a mask. As a result, it was off to the mask making world for me. I started by playing around with a paper plate, and wasn’t a huge fan of the 2D paper plate masks, so tried giving a little 3D-ness to it. Finally, inspiration, or too much coffee, struck, and I decided to make a bedazzled Dr. Seuss mask. There must have been something special in my coffee that day because the result of my burst of inspiration was this little mask below.

Cat in the Hat Mask

We wanted to share the fun of making these masks with you, and reduce the headache of trying to figure out where the eyes go, so we made this free printable for you. We hope you enjoy it and hope it helps to make your kids Halloween costume a little easier to create.

Kids Halloween Costume Mask Supplies:

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Make It – Kids Halloween Costume Mask:

1. First PRINT and CUT out the mask template.

2. Next, TRACE the template onto the back of a paper plate. Make sure to trace the bottom of the mask, the eyes and the 3 slits at the top of the mask.

Kids Halloween Costume Trace Template

TIP: This is a guide and doesn’t need to be perfect, try and match the curved edge of the template to the curved edge of the plate then trace.

Kids Halloween Costume Trace Template

3. Next CUT your mask from the plate with scissors.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut Mask

3a. CUT the slits at the top of the mask. Just cut straight down the line.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut Slits

3b. CUT out the eyes of the mask with an exacto knife.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut out Eyes

4. Next, TRACE and cut out the ears or witch hat, if you’re using them.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut Ears

Now once all your pieces are cut its time to glue.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut Pieces

5. Next, GLUE the top of the plate together. Slightly overlap the right side over the left side to give it some shape. Do this for all 3 slits at the top of the mask.

Kids Halloween Costume Cut Mask  Kids Halloween Costume Fold and Glue

Kids Halloween Costume Fold and Glue

6. Next, GLUE on ears. If your mask has ears, trace them onto a plate, cut them out and glue them to the top of your plate.

Kids Halloween Costume Glue  Kids Halloween Costume Glue Ear

Kids Halloween Costume Finished Unpainted Mask

7. Now, PAINT your mask. Give it a base layer first, then add any painted details once the paint has dried. We really love this paint, and it dries pretty fast too.

Kids Halloween Costume Paint

Here is our mask with the base coat.

Next we painted details as you can see below. For the fox we just did ears and a little fur at the bottom.

8. Next, GLUE on accessories. This is where you get creative. Add on eyelashes, whiskers, little noses, make-up, eye brows, cheeks. You can use pipe cleaners, pom poms, glitter, rhinestones, sequins, buttons, feathers, flowers, and any other fun items you have lying around. Have a play and see what works. We used a mixture of hot glue and school glue to attach our accessories to our mask.

Kids Halloween Costume Accessories

9. Next, HOLE PUNCH a hole on either side of the mask.

10. Finally, TIE a piece of string, elastic or even pipe cleaner through the hole so you can wear your mask.

Kids Halloween Costume Final Mask


This mask is the base for sooooo many possibilities, so let your mind go crazy, add a bit of paint, pipe cleaners, pom poms, sequins, glitter, flowers, feathers, rhinestones even nature to create your own unique mask.

Kids Halloween Costume Masks


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