5 World Book Day Face Painting Ideas with Snazaroo

World Book Day is now a well established event in most school calendars, with many children encouraged to dress up as characters from their favourite book. Snazaroo is keen to join in the celebrations of all things literary by providing 5 easy to follow step by step face painting guides. This year we are focusing on two classic children’s books, sharing tutorials to transform your kids into beloved characters from The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz.


Jungle Book | How to Paint Baloo Bear

Mowgli’s best friend is a sleepy old bear who teaches him the law of the jungle, Learn how to create this classic character in 3 easy steps.

You Will NeedHow to Paint

1. Using some grey paint, create a mask like in the picture. Take care to bring it right down the cheeks and paint an outline of semi-circles above the eyes – these are for the ears.

2. Fill the ears and space around the mouth with white paint – leave the nose bare.

3. Take a thin brush and outline the top of the white semi-circles in black paint. Then add fur on the inside of the ears, on top of the head and at the side of the eyes. Now paint tufts at the very top of the ears. Finally, paint the end of the nose and add dots beside the mouth.


Jungle Book | How to Paint Bagheera

Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody dared to cross his path; for he was as cunning as a jackal, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than dawn.

You Will NeedHow to Paint

1. Using some purple and a thick brush, draw a mask that goes round both eyes, covers all of the forehead and tapers down the outside of each cheek. Do not cover any of the nose.

2. Using some white paint and a brush, fill in the nose, across the top of the lip and both cheeks. Now add some fine fur at the top of the forehead and either side of the eyebrows.

3. With some black paint, colour in the end of the nose like in the picture. Now add whiskers on the cheeks and paint a little arrow above the top lip.


Jungle Book | How to Paint Shere Khan

Shere Khan is the main antagonist to Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.  The word Shere (or “shir“) is said to translate as “tiger” and Khan is a title of distinction, used together to show that he is “chief among tigers.”

You Will NeedHow to Paint

1. Take some bright yellow, orange and a sponge and paint the entire face, taking care not to go too close to the eyes.

2. With a clean sponge, dab some white down the nose and either on side of it, like in the picture. Now with a brush and some black paint, draw three whiskers on each cheek. Finally, paint the end of the nose and add a little line coming down from it towards the lip.

3. Using a thick brush with black paint, draw two wavy lines that stretch up from either side of the nose to the middle of the forehead. Then add three small stripes in between the lines, like in the picture. Draw two stripes above the eyebrows and two under the inside corners of the eyes. Now add two stripes across each cheek and on the chin. Lastly, paint the end of the nose and add whiskers.


Wizard of Oz | How to Paint the Cowardly Lion

Since lions are supposed to be “The Kings of Beasts,” the Cowardly Lion believes that his fear makes him inadequate. He does not understand that courage means acting in the face of fear, which he does frequently.

You Will NeedHow to Paint

1. Take some bright yellow and paint the entire face using a sponge, taking care not to go too close to the eyes.

2. With a clean small sponge (you can cut up a larger sponge if required) or use a brush to paint some white paint above the upper lip, under the eyes and above the eyebrows as per the image. Now use a brush to add some black paint on the end and outline of the nose adding a line down towards the lips being careful not to get to close to them.

3. Use a sponge to dab more white paint onto the chin, then ad lines of white using a brush in an upward motion from the chin.  Now use a brush to paint black lines over the eyebrows, and on the forehead to represent furrows in the brow. Finally add three whiskers to each side of the face.


Wizard of Oz | How to Paint The Wizard of Oz

Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs A.K.A. “the Wizard of Oz”. While he may have a long complicated name the below three step guide couldn’t be simpler!

You Will NeedHow to Paint

1. With a sponge and some green paint, draw a thick band across the forehead.

2. Now take a thin brush and some black paint and draw a curly moustache underneath the nose.

3. With a fresh brush and some white paint, draw three lovely jewels in the centre of the green band. Make the middle jewel the largest. Then add some twinkly stars either side.


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