Lion Crafts for Kids

for a Roaring Good Time

by Karen & Grace Morris

Let's roar with joy and make lion crafts for kids. The projects are so easy to do, that even your preschoolers can help. Lion art is great for keeping up the excitement after coming home from the zoo.

The pictures will take you to the crafts on the page.

The main feature of a lion is his mane. Well, at least for the males. The lioness doesn't have furry necks.

lion crafts for kids

The Laying down Lion 

laying down lion

In the jungle, the mighty jungle. The lion sleeps.... Wait, is he sleeping? No, I see his eyes are open.

This lion craft for kids uses recycled materials!

What you will need;

  • An empty fruit cup
  • A Crème de Pirouline, narrow 3.25oz container
  • Brown, yellow, and blue paper
  • Raffia
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue
  • Tape
  • Black and brown marker
  • Yarn
  • Rubber band 
glue paper to the container

Glue a 9 3/4 by 5-inch piece of yellow paper on the container.

make the paws

Cut two front paws out of paper 4 3/4 by 1 3/4 inches. Cut two "J" shapes to make the back paws. Draw toes on the paws.

tape to the container

 Tape the paws to the container.

make the tail

Cut a 5 1/2 inch piece of raffia. With the brown marker, color one end of it. Tape the non-colored end to the back of the container.

add a face

Trace the bottom of the fruit cup on yellow paper. Cut two small ovals with blue paper. Cut a watermelon shape out of brown paper for a nose. Glue everything to the yellow paper with the glue stick. Draw a mouth with the black marker.

Tape the face to the bottom of the fruit cup. 

glue the head to the body

With hot glue, glue the fruit cup on the cap of the container. Let the lion dry.

make the mane

To make the mane cut a piece of yarn approximately 19 feet. Wrap it around your hand. Place the yarn around the fruit cup. Hold the yarn with one hand and carefully place a rubber band around the fruit cup to secure the yarn. 

The Skinny Lion

the skinny lion

Eat, Eat.... oh wait that is for Santa, not the lion. Anyway, this lion needs to stand twice to make a shadow. 

You will need;

  • A large orange craft stick
  • Two mini yellow cupcake lines
  • Two clothespins
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers
color legs with marker, and cupcake liners to craft stick

Color the clothespins orange with a marker.

Clip the two clothespins on the large craft stick for the legs.

Glue a cupcake liner on each side of the large craft stick for the mane.

add a face

In the center glue on the googly eyes. With markers draw on a nose and mouth.

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Lacing Mane

lacing mane lion

He can't wait to be king. So let's make a mane to crown him. 


  • Paper plate
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Plastic needle optional
  • Construction paper
cut out center of plate

On most paper plates there is an indentation below the rim that marks the plate section. Fold the plate slightly so that you can cut on this line. You will want the rim intact. 

color and punch holes

Color your rim yellow, orange, or brown.

With a hole punch, punch a hole near the outside of the rim. Across from this hole punch another hole on the inside of the plate. Continue around the circle. 

add the yarn

Thread a plastic needle with yarn. Or you could just thread the yarn through the holes in the rim. If the yarn is too short, cut another piece and tie the two together.

add construction paper

Cut a circle of construction paper 6 3/4 inches. Glue to the mane. 

add a face

Add a face.

optional add coffee filter lion

Wait! Before you add a face make the coffee filter lion below and glue to the circle. 

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The Lionhearted

the lionhearted

The brave, brave lion will go face the dangers of the wild. He will go through dark valleys, over small hills, and peek over the tall savanna grass. 

You will need;

  • Coffee filter
  • Washable markers
  • Plastic tablecloth or placemat
  • Spray bottle
  • Construction paper
draw lines on coffee filter

Before you begin, cover your work area with a plastic tablecloth or placemat. Make lines on a coffee filter with a marker. 

spray with water

Spray with water. Let the filter dry.

If the color on the filter is not dark enough make more lines with a different color or the same color. Spray again with water and let dry.

make a heart shape

Cut a sheet of 11 1/2 by 9-inch construction paper in half. You only want a half of a sheet.

Fold your piece of paper in half. Draw a heart shape but round the bottom. This will be the lion's face.

add a face

Cut a triangle from black paper for the nose. Draw a curved line for the mouth. Glue on googly eyes.

Mane Painting

lion picture

Every king or queen needs their own picture gallery. Here's a picture of Leo the Third that you can paint yourself.

What you will need;

  • Paper towel roll
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cardstock
  • 14 Jumbo craft sticks
  • Orange, yellow, and black paint
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper plate
  • Paintbrush
  • Picture hook
cut a paper towel roll

Cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches.

Take your paper towel roll and cut four slits each about an inch in length. 

fold back the slits

Fold back the slits. 

cut more slits

Cut more slits in the original slits to make it look more like a lion's mane.

dip your paper towel roll in paint

Pour some orange paint on the paper plate. Drip the end of the towel roll that looks like a lion's mane into the paint, so that it is covered. Use like a stamp and gently press down in the center of the piece of cardstock.

paint the inside yellow

Pour a little bit of yellow paint on the paper plate. With your paint brush paint the inside of the lion's mane yellow. Let dry.

make the back of the frame

While your lion is drying, take 8 craft sticks and lay them flat side by side. 

glue craft sticks on the ends

 Take 2 craft sticks and glue them with tacky glue attaching the 8 together.

add more craft sticks to make the frame

Take the last 4 craft sticks and glue them on, making a picture frame.

paint the sides of the frame

Cut a piece of plastic wrap. Wad it up so it is a miniature rolling pin. Pour a little more orange paint on the paper plate. Drip your plastic wrap rolling pin into the paint, use it to paint on the Popsicle sticks. Let dry.

paint just the sides

Paint just the sides of the frame.

paint the face on the lion

When your lion mane is dry, pour some black paint on the paper plate. Paint a lion face on your lion. Let dry.

when dry put the picture in the frame

When everything is dry, place the lion picture in the frame.

Put a picture hanger on the back and hang it on the wall. Take a step back and enjoy your masterpiece like a king or queen.

Something was crouched down in the savanna grass, staring at its prey. What could it be? Big paws, a lot of claws, and maybe some teeth. The hair around its neck crowned his head, as though he was king. Let's make some lion crafts for kids to show our love of this magnificent beast.

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