When I was a little girl, I remember watching Beauty and the Beast for the first time and being obsessed with my new favorite movie. Nowadays, you can order an entire movie-themed playset on Amazon from your phone while you’re still sitting in the theater, but back in the ’90s you didn’t always have the same amount of toys available in local stores right after a film came out. #90sproblems
I wanted a Beast doll to play with after I saw the movie, so when we came home from the theater, my clever dad created a Beast mask out of construction paper for my Ken doll to wear. It’s such an ingenious craft idea, and with the live action Beauty and the Beast adaptation coming out this month, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this fun how-to! If you want to try it for yourself, then be my guest, be my guest….
Beauty and the Beast Craft: How to Make a Beast Doll
Small plastic bottle
Plastic Easter egg
3 sheets of construction paper in brown, orange and red
1 sheet of white printer paper
Blue and black felt tip pens
Male fashion doll
This is the original Beast mask that my dad made, so you are looking at a genuine 1990s throwback craft that has held up amazingly! Here’s how we did it, back in the day:
The first step is to cut your bottle in half with scissors; we used an empty craft paint bottle that had been washed and dried. Discard the top half of the bottle. Turn the bottom half upside down, so that the flat bottom of the bottle is facing upwards, and place it on top of your doll to make sure it fits. You are essentially creating a large helmet for your doll that you can then decorate as a Beast mask.
Now, take one half of your plastic Easter egg and fit it onto the bottle, securing with tape. This gives some lift to the flat base of the bottle, creating a rounded top for a more natural head shape. Next, put a thick layer of tape around the rim of the bottle where it was cut in half, to cover any sharp edges.
Take your scissors and begin cutting small strips of brown construction paper in varying sizes to form the Beast’s hair. Glue it onto your plastic base and build the layers until you have created a nice mane. Cut small sections of yellow and red construction paper and glue on to your base to form the Beast’s face, nose, and ears. Cut the white paper into shapes resembling eyes and a mouth, then draw on nostrils and pupils with your felt tip pens.
Once the glue has dried, you’ll want to cover the entire Beast mask with shellac and allow to dry thoroughly. This will keep your creation intact, and also stiffen the construction paper so that the strands of “Hair” fall nicely on the head and hold their shape.
Once the mask has dried, place it on your doll and get ready for an enchanted playtime! Once Belle cracks through the Beast’s tough walls, just remove the mask and he will transform back into a prince. Or in my doll’s case, you might want to put the Beast mask back on to hide his angry face! Like I said, it was the ’90s, the toy selection was a little different…