Friday, July 8, 2011

National Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A Celebration: Cow Mask Tutorial

Today was National Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A. If you came dressed as a cow you got a FREE meal and kids got kids meals. So my bff and I had to participate. We showed up at 10:30am. We were the first "cows" to come in that day so we definitely got some love. They took our pics, they opened a line just for us, and all the other guests were smacking their heads because they had forgotten and already paid for their food.

I am going to show you how to make a cow mask so maybe you can go for dinner or just wear it around the house when you are bored.

Here is what you will need:
White cardstock
Black and Pink construction paper
Piece of yarn long enough to tie around your head
Glue stick or double sided tape

To begin you will start with the base of the mask. I drew mine by hand and it worked great!
I had to redraw the eyes because I couldn't see so make sure they fit before cutting out by holding it up to your face.

Next, Cut out the mask. Then cut out the nose from the pink paper. I drew an oval with two circles for nostrils. Put your mask on the paper, the nose should touch both sides of the mask as shown in the picture below.

Cut out your nose. Use a hole punch on the nostrils or fold it in half to cut with scissors.. You will glue the nose on the mask. Only the part above the nostrils should be glued to the base. Make sure the drawn on side is facing the back.

Next up cut a peanut shape from the black construction. It will need to be big enough to cover one eye  and then some. Also cut out a "spot" to fit on one cheek. These will provide the spots for your cow.
After you cut out the peanut shape, then place it over the eye and then flip the mask over so wrong side is up. Trace the eye hole onto the black paper and cut out the hole.

Here is a blurry pic! You can see that I had to redraw my eye hole. But Im trying to show how you get the eye hole right. After you cut the whole out then glue it over one eye. Then the spot can be glued to the other cheek. Modify it to fit if needed.

Next, make the ears. I cut out two black triangles and two pink triangles then glued the pink on top of the black. Then you glue the ears to the back of the mask with the pink facing out. Use a hole punch to make a hole on each side, put some yarn in and tie it on.

I made one for me and one for Aubrey! We had a great time being cows for the day. I have decided these will be filed away for next year. Comment with your site if you make these or something similar! I would love to see them.


  1. I love your clever cow masks. It looks like you had a great time! I am so glad I could share cow appreciation day with you. Michelle at

  2. Super cute and fun! I love the masks! Thanks for showing off!


  3. So, so cute! I love cow appreciation day. Your family looks adorable! My kiddos are on my blog sporting their cow gear too :)

  4. gearing up for cow appreciation day this year and wanted to add a mask to our bag of CFA dress like a cow stuff. This was clever and so much easier than the elaborate mask I was thinking of. Thanks for sparing me what was sure to be hours of hot gluing and measuring. :) Moooo.

  5. We used this pattern for our family this year and they turned out great. We used a white paper plate to make the base for the mask and colored our spots onto the non-shiny side with black sharpie markers we had handy.