The Gruffalo is a firm World Book Day favourite and today we’re going to show you how to make a simple Gruffalo mask out of cardboard and felt.
It’s really easy to do and it’s a great last-minute World Book Day costume it’s slipped your mind this year! Just keep reading for our easy step-by-step tutorial and our free printable template.
What you need:
- Gruffalo mask printable
- Brown, white, orange and black felt (or coloured card)
- Scissors and glue
What to do:
First up, you need to download our free Gruffalo mask stencil and print it out onto a piece of card. If your printer won’t print onto card, print it onto paper first and then stick it onto a piece of card.
Then you need to make a felt version of each part of the stencil so you should end up with something like this:
Once you have all your pieces cut out, glue one side of the cardboard piece and stick it to the matching piece of felt. This will make your mask more sturdy.
You may end up with a bit of white card overlapping, so just trim it off before you start to put the mask together.
Putting the mask together
Start by sticking on the Gruffalo’s ears and horns. It’ll be neatest if you stick these on at the back.
Then stick on the yellow rings that go around the eyes, the black eyebrows and the fur detail.
That’s it as far as decorating your mask goes so now it’s time to attach a strip of felt to tie it round your child’s head.
To do this you’ll need to make a slit on each side of the mask. We found that using a craft knife is easiest but if you don’t have one, scissors will do it just as well. If small children are doing this activity with you, make sure the adult does this stage.
Finally, cut a strip of felt or elastic that is long enough to fit around your head and thread it through the holes. Make sure you knot it at the back of the mask to keep it nice and neat.
And there you have it! Your Gruffalo mask is finished just in time for your child to wear it with our Gruffalo onesie on World Book Day. We’ve also got free printable stencils for the snake, mouse, fox and owl if they’d like to go as another Gruffalo character.
And don’t forget, we’ve got plenty of other World Book Day costumes for kids over in our shop!