Greek Theatre Masks

Get ready for the amphitheatre by designing your own comedy or tragedy character mask! Theatre was an essential part of Ancient Greek culture. Mysterious masks with exaggerated expressions played a key role in presenting drama, news and stories.

Greek Theatre Masks

Skill Level


Time to Make

1 hour + drying time for glue and paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Use a pencil to draw around the eyes and mouth to enlarge the shapes into a big smile or a sad face, or choose another expression. Carefully cut out the holes; any rough edges can be hidden when the mask is covered.
  2. Brush glue over the front of the mask then stick strips of tissue paper over the top to cover it. Paste the tissue through the eyes and mouth and over the edges, turn the mask over then paste the strips onto the back.
  3. To make the face more expressive, brush more glue around the eyes and mouth, then press twisted tissue paper strips on top, for eyebrows and other raised facial features. Leave to dry.
  4. The tissue paper can be used as the main colour for the mask, if you prefer add a second colour or enhance the tissue colour, brush a coat of paint over the top and leave to dry.
    Lightly brush gold paint over the mask to highlight the crinkled surface of the tissue. Leave to dry.
  5. Tie elastic through the holes. If the holes are covered over, carefully push a cocktail
    stick through the tissue to re-open them.
    Colour over the elastic at the sides using a felt pen to make it less visible.
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Top Tip

To make the mask stronger, glue 2 masks together and leave to dry before you start.

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