By Noreen Doll.
Create a cute scaredy cat to sit on your Halloween table or mantel.
A scraggly garland is perfect for the cat’s fur, and really helps give him personality.
I went to the Dollar Store to get a black garland to make a Halloween cat. When I saw this black and silver garland, I felt it was perfect for the cat, and so I got it instead.
The garland also had silver skulls woven in which I cut off.
Black and Silver Garland
2 Round Styrofoam Balls, different sizes
Black Pipe Cleaners, 1 Regular and 1 Bumpy
Craft Foam Scraps: black, white, pink
How to Make a Scaredy Cat.
1. Prepare the body. Flatten the bottom of the larger ball by rubbing it firmly on a hard surface. Make sure it is flat enough to sit without rolling.
2. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the top of the larger ball, and wiggle it around a bit to slightly enlarge the hole.
Poke a hole with the toothpick in the bottom of the smaller ball.
Fill both holes with glue and press the toothpick halfway into the larger ball. Quickly place the smaller ball on the other end of the toothpick and press the balls firmly together.
3. Prepare the garland. Because my garland had silver skulls attached, I pulled them off.
4. If using tacky glue, cover the entire surface of the larger ball, except for the flat bottom. Begin winding the garland starting at the bottom.
Stick the end of the wire into the ball to help hold the garland in place while you wind. Keep the garland rounds close together, and even overlap to get good coverage.
Press them into the glue.
(If using hot glue, you need to add it a little at a time as you wind the garland onto the ball.)
Cover all of the large ball up to the small ball.
5. Add glue all over the small ball and continue wrapping the garland around it. Finish by curling the garland around on top of the small ball.
Cut off the excess. Let dry.
6. Make Scaredy Cat’s tail.
Because my cat is small, I only needed 2 bumps of the bumpy pipe cleaner, plus the skinny parts on each end.
Make the center of the tail thicker. Wrap the regular pipe cleaner around the center thin part from where the red arrow points to “start” to where the red arrow points to “stop”.
7. Find the part of the cat that you want to use for the front.
8. Bend one end of the tail and glue it into the bottom styrofoam ball, near the base at the back of the cat. Let dry.
9. Make the eyes and nose as shown, using craft foam scraps.
Be careful not to trim too much.
10. Glue the eyes and nose to the front of the head.
I didn’t add legs or ears to Scaredy Cat because his fur is so thick I thought it would make him look too busy. But you can easily do that.