Try This DIY Fantastic Mr Fox Mask for World Book Day

DIY Fantastic Mr Fox mask worn by child

If your home is anything like ours, then anything Roald Dahl is always a big hit with the kids. Today, we’re going to show you how to make an easy, stunning mask based on one of his most popular characters, Fantastic Mr Fox!

You can make it from something as simple as an empty cereal box, and we’ve even created a printable stencil to help make your life easier. Let’s get started!

What you’ll need

  • An empty cereal box (at least A4 in size)
  • Our printable Fantastic Mr Fox stencils
  • Red, yellow, white and black paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A piece of string or elastic big enough to hold the mask in place

How to make your mask

Step 1

Print your stencils and trace them onto the plain side of your cereal box. Cut them out neatly.

Cardboard stencils for a Fantastic Mr Fox mask

Step 2

Carefully make a hole on each side the round piece of your mask template and tape your elastic or string in place.

Step 3

Look at the nose of your mask and fold the card along the dotted lines, as shown below.

Folded card for a Fantastic Mr Fox mask

To finish off the nose, cut the two black slits you can see on your template, and fold the card into place. It should now look like this:

Folded card for the nose of a Fantastic Mr Fox mask

Step 4

Now it’s time to glue your mask into place. You need to glue down the folded sections of the nose that you made in Step 3, and attach the round piece of cardboard to the back of the piece that has the nose, ears and whiskers, as you can see below.

Glue and cardboard for a DIY Fantastic Mr Fox mask

A hot glue gun is ideal for this job (adults only, obviously), but if you don’t have one, simply use a couple of clothes pegs to hold your mask together while it dries.

Step 5

With your mask made, it’s now time to get painting! Start by painting some white across the bottom of your fox’s face. Then, mix red and yellow to get a vibrant, foxy orange! We suggest you deliberately didn’t blend the yellow and orange fully, to allow for the odd red and yellow brush strokes. We think this gives your fox mask a little texture!

Fantastic Mr Fox mask with paints and a paintbrush

Step 6

Once all that’s dry, finish the mask by painting the end of Mr Fox’s nose black.

A finished DIY Fantastic Mr Fox mask

When World Book Day arrives, you can simply wear this mask with some smart clothes, or check out our Fantastic Mr Fox costumes to see if anything takes your fancy. If it’s more last-minute DIY ideas you’re after, we’ve got plenty of those too!