‘Inside Out’ Paper Plate Masks

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Yesterday we took our daughter to the movies to see ‘Inside Out’. She had been asking us to go all week & finally broke us down. She was so excited all morning & could hardly wait until we got there.


I knew that our daughter would love it, but I had heard mixed reviews & was not sure how I would feel about it. As it turns out, I loved it too. It was full of emotion, which made sense since all of the characters were actual emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger & Disgust all played a part. I found myself crying through much of the movie. My husband even got a little choked up during it.

When we were leaving Mai asked us if we could go again tomorrow. “Maybe not tomorrow, baby.”

Joy was her favorite character. When we got home she wanted to change into a green dress because Joy wore a green dress. “I wish I had blue hair.” she told me. She started calling me Disgust & calling her daddy Anger. “Disgust, can I have some more juice please?” Even our dog Duke became a part of it. He was Sadness. All she could talk about the rest of the day was the movie. It seemed only fitting that we made a craft inspired by it.

Since she wanted us all to play our parts so badly, I thought that masks would be the most fun.

We painted 5 paper plates, one in the color of each character. We painted peach for Joy, blue for Sadness, green for Disgust, purple for Fear & red for Anger. We let them dry.


We did Sadness first.

I cut white ovals out of construction paper to make the eyes. I drew in eyeballs with magic markers & then glued the eyes into place.


I used another paper plate as a template & cut the hair out of construction paper.


I drew in eyebrows & then formed Sadness’ glasses out of pipe cleaners & glued them into place.


We finished off our mask by drawing in the nose & mouth & I used a lighter shade of blue paint to paint in the turtle neck of her sweater. I used blue magic marker to add the sweater’s details. I added two craft sticks to the back for the mask’s handle.


Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Sadness

We finished off the rest of our cast of characters in the same fashion using construction paper & magic markers.


Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Joy


Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Anger


Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Disgust


Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Fear


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  1. Love these and we also just saw this movie when it first came out. Emma loved it, but Lily actually got scared at one point that I had to take her into the bathroom to calm her down as she was crying. When we went back, she was fine though and now asks if we could see it again! 😉

    1. Mai loved it so much. She has started going by the name Joy now. She calls me Disgust, my husband Anger & our dog Sadness. LOL!

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