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How to Make a Paper Cat Tutorial

Learn how to make a paper cat and add a little lesson in sculpture too. Great for working on paper crafting skills.

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Making a Paper Cat

Learning how to make a paper cat needn’t be a tricky thing to do. This paper craft pattern and directions have been polished over many years to make this an easy project for all ages to do. Start with some crisp card stock paper, glue a body to the “grass” and then add slots to insert the head and tail. The tutorial download explains all these steps in detail.

The biggest step young students may needed help with is cutting the slash for the ears. Drawing it in pencil for them before they cut was an option that helped some from getting frustrated. No matter how they got to the end though, they all loved their cats by the time there were done.

Early finishers can work with scrap colored paper to create collars, hats, crowns, you name it.

More fun color possibilities!

Paper Cat made by teacher at my Art Retreat

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Materials to make a Black Paper Cat

  • Card stock paper: yellow and green
  • Card stock paper, black
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker

Black Paper Cat Directions

Time needed: 1 hour

How to make a Paper Cat

  1. Cut the black paper in half.

  2. Fold in half. Cut out half circle.

  3. Fold toes on all four legs.

  4. Glue toes to green paper.

  5. Cut two slits on back fold.

  6. Cut off bottom strip. Cut into a tail

  7. Cut out tail as shown.

  8. Fold head paper in half.

  9. While folded, cut curve for chin.

  10. Open up and cut two slits.

  11. Fold and press ears up.

  12. Fold and cut two eyes. Use marker to finish.

  13. Cut whiskers from scraps.

  14. Glue eyes and whiskers to face.

  15. Insert back head and tail into slits.

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  1. Hey Sofia! So happy to hear that! Someday I’d love to expand the idea to make more animals. So many projects, too little time. 🙂

  2. Thank you!! This craft saved me! I took too many kids in my class to do my original idea. This is perfect and the detailed How-to is excellent!

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