How to Make a Paper Pig Mask
Hey there, mamas. Let’s get our play on! And today, it’s piggy time! I’ve got a template for a paper pig mask ready to go.
If your kids are like mine, they like farm animals, and little pigs are so cute. All round, pink, and cuddly. Hungry. A little messy. Hmm, no wonder kids love them!
We even had a Peppa Pig party for my Number One’s third birthday last week. And to celebrate? Piggy masks!
These were so much fun to make, so I’m sharing them with you!
Print Your Paper Pig Mask
I drew up a cute, pudgy piggy and turned it into a template you can print and use. Download your FREE copy from the resource library!
Open that cutie and print it out!
Cut Out Your Mask
These bad boys have to hold up to our kids, so we’re going to need something sturdier than just copy paper. Print the mask on card stock. Or, print on regular paper and paste the pig mask onto card stock paper.
If you use the second method, paste the printed mask onto card stock before you cut it out. We don’t have time to be cutting twice, amiright?
I was making multiple masks, so I cut out two piggies and pasted them onto the same piece of card stock. Two with one stone!
Then we cut. The outside lines are easy. The eyeholes will need more help.
Anyone else hate cutting holes in the middle of paper? My hand is way up there. Though I did learn a lesson while making these.
Don’t try to use scissors. They are definitely not hole-in-the-middle-of-paper friendly! I used an exacto knife.
If you have a dull blade, try the perforated method. Poke little holes along the lines. Keep your jabs small and close together. It’ll create a perforation.
See? Work that eye out gently. You can repoke any spot that doesn’t want to let go.
If you have a sharp blade, you’re all set for easy eye pokin’! Just glide that thing around the lines. Go slowly so the paper doesn’t rip.
Why did I used to think the sharpness didn’t matter all THAT much? Well, it does! I turned a super easy cut into a stressful and long one, using a dull blade over and over before I switched. Be careful with those blades though!
It’s already so cute!
But it’s just a cute piece of paper. Let’s turn it into a mask!
Make Your Paper Pig Mask
You need some stretchy string. I use this one because it has a cloth covering that keeps the knot from slipping loose. Most helpful!
You can measure out whatever size you need. I cut a 13 inch piece for my masks. A party-full of two to four year old heads just tested that size for me and it seems like a good one. (It also fit me and my eight month old, so it’s a safe bet).
Now we’re going to pierce that piggy’s ears and string it up!
Well, not actually in the ears. Just a bit below. The holes need to be in line with the eyes to keep the tension right. Check my next photo for reference!
I used a safety pin for this. It’s easy to make string holes too big so I start as small as possible first.
Then tie a knot at the end of your string. I double knotted mine to be safe. The string I used holds a knot well so you can tie it very close to the edge. Other strings may need some help holding the knot. I’ve heard a splash of glue or clear fingernail polish will do the trick!
Now you can thread your string through a hole. Depending on the size of your string, you may need to widen those holes.
I rocked the safety pin around in there and worked the hole bigger. Pull and stretch, but gently! If you go crazy, you might rip the paper. Poor piggy!
Threading the hole can be hard even when the hole is bigger so I used the safety pin to push the string through.
String that bad boy back up through the other hole, tie it off, and we officially have a mask!
Wear Your Paper Pig Mask
Go on. Try it on. You know you want to.
Now you or your little person can color it and play. There’s a color version of this mask in the printable library as well, if you’re not up for coloring.
Our party guests were on it though. Let’s color piggies!
I tried to get a photo with all the kids in their pig masks, but we know how hard it is to get a group of two and three year olds to cooperate for a picture on any normal day. Fill them with cake and give them masks to play with? My camera and I were an invisible entity. Oh well. They had fun!
The birthday girl and her pink snooted piggy approve of the mask. We’re looking forward to playing with it more.
Enjoy your masks, mamas! I would love to see your finished projects!