Torn Newspaper Lion

The third project in my painted and torn newspaper animal series is a lion. Click to see the tiger and the monkey

Painted Newspaper Lion


  • newspaper
  • acrylic paint (yellow, brown, black)
  • glue


Find three pages of newspaper that are predominantly small text, like sports scores, stock information, or classifieds. Using a single coat of paint, color one sheet of newspaper yellow and one sheet brown. Paint half of a sheet black and leave the other half unpainted. 

When the paint is dry, tear out a large brown circle for the lion's mane. Tear slowly and carefully because newspaper tends to want to rip in just one direction. 

Tear the lion's face, two outer ears, and the snout from yellow newspaper. Tear two inner ears and two eyes from the unpainted newspaper. Tear two pupils, a nose, the mouth, and a strip connecting the nose and mouth from the black.  

Glue everything together. 

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