Z is for Zebra: Masking Tape Zebra Head Tutorial and Other Zebra Fun

Who doesn’t love Zebra’s?  They are fascinating to look at – one of those animals that shout the glory of the Lord with their beautiful and unique stripes.  It still amazes me that no 2 zebras are alike.

We had a lot of fun with this iconic animal.  We talked about how God made us each unique, a very important topic around here.  We also talked about not being able to hide from God, like the zebra stands out, so do we in His eyes.  This of course led to some great conversations about telling the truth and living our lives like an open book, never trying to hide anything.  This MFW unit led to some really great topics and a presented us with a fun way to talk about them as a family. Here are some of our zebra projects that helped make this unit unforgettable:

We made these relief painting zebras when our friends came over for a play date. Just use some painters tape and have the kids tape off their sheet of heavy cardstock. Then paint all over the paper and remove the tape before it dries completely. After they dried we cut our paper into the shape of zebras! This was a messy, fun, and hands on project that they loved!
Zebra striped pudding cups for snack time. The kids each made their own and loved both the making and eating!

And last, our zebra head project.  I have to tell you that this was a total spur of the moment idea and I wasn’t sure that it would work, but it turned out to be my favorite art project we have ever done!  It cost NOTHING because I had everything on hand and Caleb LOVED putting it together.  His room is an animal theme, so you can guess how excited he was about this one!  It is now proudly hanging on his wall.

Here is how we did it:

What you need:  newspaper, a piece of sturdy cardboard, cream masking tape, black masking tape, a sharpie, something for eyes we used buttons and then googly eyes on top, and a hot glue gun

Step by Step:

1. Form your zebra head with newspaper and then just wrap it with tape.  I am going to do my best to describe what I did, because it was a spur of the moment thing I didn’t take pictures of this stage (oops, sorry).

  • I balled up three sheets of newspaper for the main head part and formed a ball shape- and then taped it.  
  • Next I balled up two more pieces and stuck them side by side sticking out from the ball for the snout wrapped those and then taped them to the main head ball.
  • Last I balled up 2 more pieces and put one on each side of the top of the head to form the eye/top of the head area and just taped those balls into the head.  That is how I got my form- nine loosely balled up newspaper balls taped with masking tape.  I left the back open so I could tape it flat onto the cardboard at the end.

2. Add ears by folding masking tape over onto itself and cut into an ear shape- i.e. a triangle.  Then color it red or pink in the center and tape them onto the head.

3. Draw a nose with a sharpie and color it in.

4. Create your mane by folding some of the black tape onto itself and cutting slits down the top of the folded tape.  Then tape it to the top and you have a mane.

5. Tear your black masking tape into small rough looking peices and stripe away!  This was the most fun part because Caleb did it all himself and got really into where each stripe would go.  I did pull out a book I had with a picture of a zebra in it for him to look at so he could see how the stripes go up the snout.

6. Glue on your eyes

7. Cut out the shape of your backer board out of cardboard and decorate as you wish.  Then just tape your head to the front and you are done!

Seriously this turned out so cute it could hang anywhere in my house.  You can’t even tell it is masking tape until you are really close!



  1. emily says:

    wow! i am impressed with your head shape… well done :o) Mine would not look that good :o0 Thanks for taking the time to link up to Tasteful Tuesdays @Nap-TimeCreations.com. I do feature round ups on Saturdays and Tuesdays now, so make sure you are following the blog in some way so you know if YOU are featured…GFC, facebook or bloglovin are my recommendations :o)

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