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Making A Green Man Mask


A Green Man Mask

How do you make a Green Man mask? The Green Man is a figure of European mythology and folklore and has a spooky appearance. We thought it would be fun to show you how to make a special Green Man mask in time for Halloween.

Mask making is an all year round hobby though, and you can use the techniques here to make a mask for any celebration. The keys to success are time, patience and imagination.This little project grew and grew and with the help of artist and sculptor Oliver Tadpole (that is he behind the mask!) eventually the mask was complete! The techniques you will learn in this lens could be applied to making any papier mache mask, including Frankenstein or an old man mask.

This page tells the story!

The photos are my own and are copyright. Please do not copy!


Drawing and Measuring

Measuring to make a mask

It is vital to draw a mock up of the wearer's face first. This is so the mask will fit and the wearer can both breathe and see where he is going!


The Materials

What you need to make a papier mache mask

When you make a papier mache mask, the first job is preparation, and Mew, as always, was available to oversee the purchase and ordering of materials for the job.

Trying to prevent Persian involvement in any task is impossible, so you just have to be aware of their presence and keep them away from anything toxic or unpleasant. Mew was just curious, so no harm done!

The GreenMan on Amazon - Search for the Green Man here

You can use this search box to find masks of the Green man, books about him or anything else of interest.

Making the Green Man Mask

Basic Modelling Techniques

The basic modelling of the mask is what takes the longest as adequate drying times need to be observed. Basically, expect it to take around two to three weeks and start well in advance of when it will be needed.

The Green Man Card

Sculpture And Modelling - Resources for sculpture and modelling

Painting the Mask

Adding colourful decorations to your green man mask

Of course we knew what the mask should look like, and hoped to provide a few more "in progress" shots. Sadly at this point the camera was lost along with these pictures.

We only have a few painting shots to show you, but you will get the idea I am sure and besides, painting the mask (once thoroughly dry) has to be individual anyway!

Papier Mache Sculpture

Finishing the Green Man Mask

Making a mask wearable.

As it was, the mask could not be worn. It was necessary to finish it off nicely to give it a more comfortable feel and a professional look. This preparation included reinforcing the inside of the mask and some sewing. The photos in the last section show some of these stages.

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Papier Applique and Papier Mache

Applique or modelling material?

As a child, I made a papier mache dinosaur. At least that's what I was told - and I thought it was! It was actually applique. When newspaper squares are glued on in layers, that is applique. Mache involves a mix that is possible to mould like clay.

Fine modelling is possible with commercial and special mache mixes that is not achievable with applique or the scrunchy stuff we made in art classes! It is even possible to make jewellery!

This lens shows the making of a mask that uses both techniques. To make a mask like this takes a lot of work and drying time, but the result is durable. Tadpole has also used these techniques to make large models including a lecturn with a vulture on a skull. The moral? All things are possible with effort and patience! Thank you to Oliver for doing the real work - the sculpture - that got me to lens 50!

The Vulture Lecturn - A large scale vulture sculpture with paper mache


OK. I promised you something different, and here it is. Many years ago when Tadpole and Company were tredding the boards it was decided to make a lecturn. Basically this allowed Oliver to rest his flute whilst reciting and looked a little less amateur than a music stand. The lecturn was made in parts for ease of transport using guttering materials and - wait for it - papier mache. The antique metal finish is a secret I shall share another day!

Or indeed a treasure? If you have had fun with paper applique and papier mache techniques, please share it here. Thank you!

Have You Made A Monstrosity?

JemmaDryad on April 16, 2013:

Thanks for your lens. I found the step by step guide useful. Unfort I did not read the part that said not to add glue to the first layer but it was over cling wrap so not too serious. We build up the face over an african drum base (its the same size as an adult face) and then covered with clingwrap. We used egg boxes for paper mache and made our own glue with flour, salt and water and then put the lumpy mix in a blender to smooth it, when it had cooled down. We found it took long to dry and we needed it urgently for a present so we used a hairdryer to speed drying time. We printed off various oak leaves in various sizes and varnished these to reinforce for the final effect. I saw a good youtube video that used a plastic gallon bottle as abase. The handle was a great nose and the shape allowed for the eyebrows etc. Saves having to build up the face when you are short of time ;)

bossypants on September 26, 2012:

Wonderful photos and instructions for mask making. I enjoyed this lens!

Rose Jones on March 17, 2012:

I really loved this lens. I have dabbled a bit with papier mache, it is a great thing for an artistic, ADD mom with some kids that love being messy anyway. We made an enormous beetle, gave papier mache bowls as gifts, and made a huge volcano that erupted baking soda and vinegar. Very fun, cheap. You took it up one level, good for you! I love the Green Man image, the Earth and masculinity need him back. And masks in general are cool. I like your personal involvement in this lens. Plus papier mache is environmentally sensitive if you recycle paper. Angel Blessed!

Sensitive Fern on December 23, 2011:

The Green Man is great for any time of year. I love the part about the Persian involvement!

anonymous on October 30, 2011:

Spooky green mask will look great on Halloween.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 14, 2011:

Oops! I neglected to say, this lens will also be featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 14, 2011:

Really great mask and instructions! This will be a lot of fun to make. Angel Blessed!

mockingbird999 on August 14, 2011:

Nice mask. Very creepy.

thesuccess2 on May 01, 2011:

I've become interested in Green Men recently

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

I think you and Mew have an awesome site here.

Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on March 08, 2011:

@Alfiesgirl LM: I think it is important to line the mask with something safe even though you are wearing it for only a short time. I would not apply papier mache directly to your skin. The glue or newsprint might be harmful - newspaper will contain mineral oil and inks if homemade, bleached paper would be bad too and the commercial paste would almost certainly contain antifungal agents and other nasty things.

Alfiesgirl LM on March 08, 2011:

@Alfiesgirl LM: Using quick drying materials maybe?...plaster of paris or something?...I want to really put the Green Man Spirit into making your mask and try to bring him alive. Any tips and advice will be very much appreciated as to materials which would be suitable for this ...REALLY x

Alfiesgirl LM on March 08, 2011:

Is it safe to apply papier mach to the skin (as a camouflage disguise maybe ?) Thanks in advance.x

Alfiesgirl LM on March 08, 2011:

A great mask design idea, although this was the first time I've ever found the Green Man associated with halloween and have never thought him scary in the slightest lol. I shall be making your mask real soon to mark Spring and all things Green (I shall make him a happy man ....hard to make a man happy I know but I enjoy a challenge lol..lensrolled to my green man lens and my about saint Patrick lens Thank you x

Senora M on November 19, 2010:

:) wow. Interesting. I was thinking Green Lantern or whatever his name is mask. :) Nice lens!!

Edit Photos from Earth on November 06, 2010:

Great lens!!! Angel Blessed and favorited (for next Halloween)

MissyBrown LM on October 25, 2010:

I love all the images and pictures, great lens!

ShamanicShift on October 18, 2010:

A monstrosity Green Man might be just as great!

poppy mercer from London on September 23, 2010:

The Green Man lives for the summer here, looks down on us from nooks in churches, and fades into the green leaves as we walk through the woods. I love the idea of making a green man out of papier mache, thanks for the idea.

LoKackl on September 12, 2010:

Green man unmasked is terrific for Halloween. Love the images! Blessed

Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on September 03, 2010:

@Tarra99: Thanks for that. It should be fun to do, but it does take some time! Thanks for visiting :)

Tarra99 on September 03, 2010:

cool! I'll have to show the kids this and see if anyone wants to be a green man for Halloween! Thanks for sharing!

projecttamp on April 02, 2010:

Wow!!! Nice musk. I think it is so much creative job. I love to do such like job. Useful information supplied to the lens.

Thanks for sharing a creative lens.

LotusMalas on February 21, 2010:

I love Greenman imagery. You've done a wonderful job, not only making the mask, but of describing the process to us. Time for an art project! :-)

anonymous on November 27, 2009:

All these green men are beautiful. I've been doing the other kind of papier mache all my life and have never heard the term paper applique - possibly it's an English/US issue? I'm lensrolling this to a couple of my mask lenses and featuring it on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on October 19, 2009:

Thank you Victoria. I checked out your artwork too :)

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anonymous on October 19, 2009:

My Survival: My Therapudic Artork: saved my life! to have a way to express without words the pain I survived from childhood abuse:

As the GODDESS looks on the abused as her tears are flowing for their needless torture, suffering and pain of the Children . . . . She will not rest until there is no more abuse. I used glass which I had picked up off the streets in Minneapolis as I watched as children played jumprope in their little bare feet.

Laniann on October 01, 2009:

I like working with paper mache the gray material and the paper applique method. I have made many things with both methods. The Green Man is spooky - well done. 5*s

luvmyludwig lm on September 30, 2009:

great job on this, seems like something fun to try :)

anonymous on September 29, 2009:

What an awesome lens! Just this weekend at an Arts Festival I saw some wall plaques of the Green Man and now I find this lens...a little spooky I think. Marvelous Mask!

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on September 28, 2009:

This is exceptional! Love it! Blessed by an Angel!

PS. Security word is: "splendid" LOL Good match!

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2009:

Great lens Lisa and very well presented, step-by-step and I guess Mew learned a thing or two ;) - and congratulations on #50!!

Michey LM on September 26, 2009:

You actually teach us how to create a musk, great.

strayspay on September 26, 2009:

Amazing lens! I had never heard of the Green Man or thought of doing a halloween mask! Great job!

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