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Make a Halloween Black Paper Cat

Show your students how to make a cat out of paper, and add a little lesson in sculpture to your day. Great for working on crafting skills AND Halloween decorations too, of course.

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If you are looking for an easy way to have your students work in three dimension, and this project works great, even for 1st graders.

The biggest step they needed help with, sometimes, was 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.



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Time needed: 1 hour.

How to make a Paper Cat

  1. The paper supplies needed.

  2. Cut the black paper in half.

  3. Fold in half. Cut out half circle.

  4. Fold “toes” on all four legs.

  5. Glue toes to green paper.

  6. Cut two slits on back fold.

  7. Cut off bottom strip. Cut into a tail

  8. Fold head paper in half. While folded, cut curve.

  9. Open up and cut two slits. Fold to see ears.

  10. Fold yellow paper and make two eyes. Draw whiskers from scraps.

  11. Glue eyes and whiskers to face.

  12. Insert back of head and tail into body.


Well, you might want to know that there a lot more fun and easy Halloween projects in my HALLOWEEN DRAWING ebook. It contains 25 brand new tutorials that first timers can try out to draw new shapes, and the more experienced artists can use as a starting point before adding their own twists, and details, and shadows.

Each project includes easy to follow step-by-step tutorial, a full size line drawing for reference, and finished color sample. Just click on the title or book to learn more.

My Black Paper Cat turned out to be such an easy paper craft that I thought I’d try it with other color combos.

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3D Paper Lion



PREP: Cut tagboard to sizes shown in the tutorial. Print a map page for each student.


  1. Trace and color the map of Africa.
  2. Fold one yellow side of paper in half. They cut out a U shape and fold toes on all four legs.
  3. The toes are glued to the tagboard map drawing.
  4. Two slits are cut on the back fold, approximately 1/2″ deep.
  5. Estimate 1/2 and 1/4 segments on side of Head and Tail paper. Cut off 3/4 length for head.
  6. Fold head paper in half.
  7. Open up and cut slits for ears.
  8. Fold head and trim ears and chin for round edge.
  9. Cut about 12 triangles from orange paper.
  10. Glue triangles to the INSIDE of the lion face.
  11. Cut nose, eyes. Color black circles with marker.
  12. Glue eyes and nose to front of lion face.
  13. Cut segment for tail. Cut tail end and glue.
  14. Insert tail and BACK of lion head in body.

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