It wouldn't be Halloween without your requisite black cat, and this homemade mask breaks the mold. Modeled after super dog Bolt's sassy feline sidekick, it's simply created by gluing together a few scrapbook paper and cardstock cutouts to make a quick costume starter. For the rest of the costume, all you need are black clothes and white shoes and gloves (for white paws). For an extra authentic touch, you can also pin a patch of white faux fur or craft paper on the front of a black shirt to resemble Mitten's white chest.
- Mischievous Mittens Mask template
- Scrapbook paper (3 shades of black, white, pink, and green)
- Glue stick
- Black colored pencil or marker
- Craft knife
- Thin black sewing elastic
- Print out the template and cut out the pieces. From one shade of black paper, cut out 2 heads (one for Mitten's face and one to use as a backing for the mask). From another shade of black paper, cut out a left and a right eye circle and two pupils. Cut out a left and a right eyelid from the last shade of black paper.
- From white paper, cut out a snout and a chin, and a left and a right eyeball. Finally, cut out the ears and nose from pink paper and two irises from green paper.
- Once you've got all the pieces, refer to the last page of the template for a guide on how to place them. Start by gluing the irises and pupils onto the eyeballs, being mindful that the ones that belong to the right eye should be tucked into the inner corner (this is what makes Mittens look like he's glancing sideways). You'll also want be sure the left eye circle is positioned closer to the side of the face than the right one.
- Draw on any extra details, such as nostrils or a few light whiskers. Then use the craft knife to eyeholes (for the person wearing the mask) in the pupils, making sure they are large enough to provide good visibility.
- Cut a piece of elastic that is just a little longer than necessary to fit around the back of your child's head. Knot the ends and staple them to the sides of the mask backing.
- Glue the mask onto the backing, matching up all of the edges. Then cut eyeholes through the backing to match the ones in the mask, and it's ready to wear.