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Cardboard Kittens & More

I keep finding the cutest cardboard crafts for kids at this site called Krokotak.com. They seem to have a knack for collecting really original ideas, which is not easy these days.

I love how this project lets artists of all ages use yarn in a creative way. I tried this in my art camp which has kinder through 4th graders, and they all loved customizing their little cardboard kitties. In the end, some found the wire whiskers a little difficult to poke and attach. Drawing them with a black marker was fine too.


  • Corrugated cardboard, 3.5″ x 7″ rectangles, cut to kitten shapes shown
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie markers
  • White Sharpie paint marker
  • Crayons
  • Yarn
  • Wire or pipe cleaners


PREP: I pre-cut kitten shapes shown as it takes an adult scissors to cut through the corrugated cardboard.

  1. Students start by drawing the face with black marker. White markers are used to fill in the eyes.
  2. The entire cat is rubbed with a peeled crayon for added color.
  3. A notch is cut on the neck with a scissors. One end of a 7 yard or so piece of yarn is tucked and wrapped around, taking care to go under the middle notch when it is reached.
  4. Holes are punched in the cheeks with a pencil and wires or pipe cleaners stuck in for whiskers.

  1. Katlars

    Will you provide a template for this please? I am not an art teacher, but I do have to teach art in my general ed class.

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