Bobble Black Cat

Halloween is only a month away and we’re really starting to get into the spirit of things here at Arty Crafty Kids! So today we’re bring some spooky atmosphere to our really popular bobble head papercrafts, with this black cat.

Our black cat craft supports fine motor skills for pre-school and school early years children by including coloring, cutting, sticking and folding, and it also encourages concentration and precision with the different elements they need to assemble.

Supplies:

Black and White Card Stock
Colored Paper
Paint or Coloring Pens/Pencils
String
Glue Stick
Scissors

 

Let’s Make a Cat!

Download the bobble black cat template from the members area. Decorate the template.

Decorate the Bobble Cat Template

First, use paints, pens or crayons to color in the template.

Then carefully cut out all of the different elements from the template – there are quite a few pieces, so take your time.

Finally, tear a few thin strips of colored paper. They don’t have to be perfect, straight or the same length: in fact it’s better if they’re not!

Create a starry night background for the black cat.

Create a Starry Night Background

Now you have all of the elements prepared, it’s time to start building the scene. Starting at the bottom of the black cardstock, stick on the strips of brick wall.

Leave a little space, and then stick on the torn strips of colored paper. These create a lovely atmosphere and depth for your night sky.

Begin the assemble the black cats body, positioned on top of the wall.

Assemble the Cats Body

With your first layer secure, let’s move on to the second layer. Stick the cat’s body and tail onto the top of the wall, and then the moon and stars onto the sky.

 Assemble the black cats head.

Assemble the Cats Head

Now it’s time to assemble the cat’s head. Start by sticking the ears onto the back of the head, so you don’t see the join on the front. Then stick on the eyes and nose.

Add detail to the black cats face with whiskers, eyes and a cute little nose.

Add Detail to the Cats Face

Finally, add some detail to your cat’s face by painting on some whiskers and a friendly smile.

Create a spring for the cats head.

Let’s Make a Paper Spring (Bobble)

Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut two even strips of black card or paper.

To create the right sized strip, cut the paper from the shortest side of an A4 piece of paper – or the longest side of a piece of card – and make the strips at least an inch or so wide.

Take the two strips and position them in a 90° angle, like the corner of a picture frame (as shown above), and glue the connecting papers together.

Fold the bottom strip over the top and crease the fold along the edge. This will make the accordion fold nice and tight!

Secure the ends of the paper spring.

Continue this process, folding the bottom over the top and creasing, until all the paper has been folded up.

Then seal the ends with glue so your accordion fold doesn’t come undone.

Secure the head to the top of the spring, with the other end secured to the backdrop above the cats body.

Secure the Spring and Cat’s Head

Stick one end of the folded paper onto your background scene, just above the cat’s body.

Finally, stick the cat’s head onto the other end of the folded paper and give it a good push down so it’s really secure.

A fun, interactive and easy black craft for Halloween! Our black cat craft supports fine motor skills for pre-school and school early years children by including coloring, cutting, sticking and folding, and it also encourages concentration and precision with the different elements they need to assemble.

The Bobble Black Cat Craft is Complete

Your bobble head cat is complete! Have fun seeing her wiggle and jiggle as she prowls around in the moonlight.

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Happy Crafting!

Helen x

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