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Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

 

Make a painted paper mache Halloween cat to guard your candy stash!  This 1920s style kitty has a folky face, and a charming ruffle of crepe paper around his neck in classic orange and black.  I sell the plain paper mache cats here in my shop, and they are ready to be decorated.  It's a great project to do while the pumpkin bread is baking!

SUPPLIES:

  • Paper mache Halloween cat
  • Craft paints in black, white, yellow, and orange
  • Medium paint brush, and small liner paint brush
  • Crepe paper streamers in orange and black
  • Needle and thick black thread

Step 1: Paint the entire cat black. Let dry completely.

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Step 2: Paint an orange mouth shape.  My kitty is hissing, so he's got his mouth open a bit. Step 3: Paint two almond-shaped eyes.  Once dry, these shapes will probably need a second coat of paint to become opaque.  In the meantime, we can add other details.

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Step 4: Use a small liner brush to paint "eyebrows." These are just short strokes which will help give kitty a shocked expression. Then, add some white details to the tips of his ears. Step 5: Add claws. Step 6: By now, you can probably go back and put a second coat of paint on the eyes and mouth.  This is also a good time to give kitty a nose, orange in his ears, and some whiskers. Let all of these dry before moving on to the next step.

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Step 7: Use the small liner brush to paint in some jagged white teeth Step 8: Then add skinny black pupils in the eyes. Let dry. Step 9: To begin his collar, cut two 4-foot lengths of orange crepe paper streamers, and one 4-foot length of black.  Layer them so that they are stacked orange-orange-black, staggered about 1/4 inch.  Thread a needle with thick black thread, knot at the end, and start a long running stitch along the entire length of the crepe paper. The needle needs to go through all three layers of paper.

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Step 10: When you finish sewing through the entire length of paper, pull the thread to ruffle the paper.  Tie the thread ends together around the cat's neck. Step 11: Spread out the ruffle until both ends meet behind the cat's ear.  Bend the ruffle forward. Step 12: Take a strip of orange paper, and tie a small bow.  Use the tails of the bow to wrap around the cat's neck like a collar, and tuck in the ends.

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat

Oh kitty!

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Hope you enjoyed this fun fall project! As always, if you love it, share it:

Painted Paper Mache Halloween Cat 

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