Lion Simba

The Lion King mask collection was almost a year in the making and was done for a production at my daughter's school.  After our show, the entire mask collection was sold to a school in Canada.  The masks have since been sold to schools in New York, Virginia and back to a different school in Canada.  Talk about an international tour!

Zebra Square Reduced

Any supplies or materials you need to do costuming or sewing can be found in my Art Supply Store.

I have done step by step how-to videos showing how to make most of the masks.  Click on any of the Lion King pictures to learn how to make the character, along with a list of materials you'll need.


Lion Simba
Simba Adult



Simba Cub

Giraffe Proto
Prototype Giraffe

Nala Cub
Nala Cub

Nala Adult Square Reduced
Nala Adult



Shenzi Square


Pumbaa Square

Mufasa Square

Elephant square






The masks are just the beginning.  Here are some ideas for doing a complete Lion King costume look.  

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Trying to figure out how to get your mask/headdress
to stay on top of someone's head?  Click on the
picture for a step by step how-to video and list
of materials that you'll need.
Bella Model Zebra

Want to know how to clean and repair masks?  Just click on this picture for a step by step how-to video

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Do you have a comment or question?  Or perhaps you'd like to share one of your costuming ideas, designs or how-to techniques that my other readers could use?   Send it to me below, and don't forget to upload a picture or video so we can see your Artfulness!

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  1. Hi Heather,
    I am currently working on costumes for an upcoming production of Hairspray, so unfortunately I am not making or selling any Lion King costumes. However, you can easily make your own masks out of cardboard. Here is a link for my Pinterest page. If you scroll down, you can see several examples of animal masks made from cardboard.

    Good luck and have fun with it!

  2. Is there any chance you make and sell any masks/costumes? My family and I just saw the Lion King Musical and would love to dress up for halloween. However, I do not have the time nor skill to make on my own. There are four of us.

  3. I’m glad you love your costume Ayana. It’s going to be a great play and we’re so glad that you’ll be a part of it!

  4. Hi Deb,
    Yes, you can absolutely remove the plaster wrap layers from the clay sculpt and use it again and again to duplicate masks. I did this for all of my animals including the elephants, zebra, gorilla, lionesses, etc..

  5. Hi Kevin,
    Here’s a quick question for you: can you remove the plaster wrap layers of the mask off the clay sculpture and keep the clay work intact so you can reuse?
    We want to make multiple lioness masks and use the same clay work and create small differences in the lioness with paper mache clay.
    Thank you, Deb

  6. Hi Kevin,
    I’m so glad I found you.I tell everyone you are my new best friend. Thank you so much for your wonderful, instructional videos on mask making and head gear to keep them on their heads. My husband and I are thrilled to have your guidance. The middle school I work with is also doing Lion King Jr. I was curious what your costume ideas are. Look forward to seeing what you have made. Thank you again for your videos.

  7. Hello,
    I just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for all your helpful videos and instructions. My son is making a zebra mask for a school project – he just finished the plaster wrap part of it, and it looks fantastic! He’s only 12, but found your videos incredibly helpful.
    So thank you 🙂

  8. Hi Mike,
    Yes, you can absolutely reuse the WED clay. I have been using the same 25 lbs of clay for 4 months to make all of the masks you see on my site. Some tips for you about the clay…
    -if you’re sculpting something and not done with it or can’t get to it right away to do plaster wrap, it can sit for days, provided you cover it with a very damp cloth/towel/rag and then cover all of that really good with plastic. I cut an old t-shirt down the side and use that.
    -after you remove the clay sculpture from the plaster wrap, just scrap off any bits of dried plaster dust from the clay. (that stuff I throw away).
    -if the clay becomes a bit leathery or dry, you can just spritz it down with water and let it sit for a bit (or cover it in plastic) and it rejuvenates!
    Let me know if I can help with any other questions. And be sure to come back and post your mask pictures, I’d love to see them!

  9. Hi Kevin,
    Your Lion King masks are incredible!
    I’m involved with putting on the production of The Lion King for my elementary school. I have a question for you.
    Is the WED clay reusable? Meaning, when I use it for a Simba mask, can I then use the same clay and reform it for a Mufasa mask? Or do I have to keep buying more clay?

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