The Cincinnati Zoo wants to help you make paper bag masks inspired by Fiona.

By Andrea Romano
May 29, 2020

Even in quarantine, there are lots of ways to get crafty. And it’s even easier when you have Fiona the Hippo to be your muse.

If You Were Here Now, a virtual community of artists and makers is teaming up with The Cincinnati Zoo to host a special online class in which participants will be taught how to make their own paper bag animal masks inspired by Fiona the Hippo herself.

If You Were Here Now offers workshops, classes, and videos for those seeking connection and creative nourishment while lockdown measures are in place to combat coronavirus. Online classes, workshops, and exhibits are great ways to engage with your local zoos, museums, and aquariums while they are closed due to lockdown measures. One day, we’ll all be able to visit Fiona again, in person. The Cincinnati Zoo has not yet specified a reopening day, but announced on May 22 that it is working on a plan to reopen in phases.

The craft mask workshop is taught over Zoom by artist Michelle L. Morby, who will instruct attendees on how to make an animal mask using a paper bag, scissors, masking tape, something to draw with, and your imagination. Fiona the Hippo will also “stop by” over Zoom for 15 minutes during the session to inspire you. This class is not only fun for kids, but it’s also welcome to adults too.

The session will take place on Sunday, May 31 at 11:15 a.m. PST (2:15 p.m. EST), and is completely free. In order to register, visit the If You Were Here Now website. It should be noted that these are fun, craft masks, not homemade protective face masks.

Cincinnati Zoo

But if you are in the market for a protective cloth face mask, Fiona the Hippo has you covered there too. The Cincinnati Zoo is currently selling Fiona the Hippo inspired masks for $19 on its website, so you can safely shop and social distance with the adorable hippo as your mascot.