Black cats have always been one of my favorite symbols of Halloween, probably because we've got our own fuzzy black cat that calls our house her home. Black cats are not at all spooky and are fun for kids who don't like all the scarier parts of Halloween. This black cat mask is a fun craft for your preschool- and elementary-aged kids.
Black fuzzy craft sticks (pipe cleaners) - 3 per mask
Large craft stick
Draw a couple of simple pointy ears at the top of your paper plate and cut along your lines. Also, cut two eye holes so you can see out of your mask. I've found that it's a lot easier to do any cutting before painting the mask.
Once you've created your cat shape, use the black paint to paint the front of the mask. The front of the mask is actually the bottom of the plate. You'll want the plate to curve inwards toward your face.
After the paint is dry, or almost dry, glue on a button for the nose. Cut three pipe cleaners in half for your whiskers. Glue all six whiskers next to the nose, three on each side. Letting the glue dry under the pipe cleaners is by far the hardest part of the mask. If you pick up the mask or move it around too much, the pipe cleaners will fall off while the glue is still wet. The best thing to do is to just walk away for awhile! If you need a quicker drying time, consider using a low-heat hot glue gun to attach the nose and whiskers.
Once your glue is dry enough to move the mask around, glue a craft stick to the bottom of the mask so you can hold it up to your face. Let it dry for a bit and soon your mask will be done.
Your kids will have lots of fun pretending to be black cats this Halloween!
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