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Black Cat Mask




The black cat is a symbol of superstition, but how could a creature as charming as this bring bad luck? Crepe-paper markings play up the feline features of the mask, and the eyes peering out are rimmed in black makeup for a shadowy effect.

Before you begin, get our tips for Crepe-Paper Basics.


  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Gold florist crepe paper
  • Twill tape
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Cut off the existing elastic band from a papier-mache cat mask.

  2. Step 2

    Paint front and back of mask with black acrylic paint. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Cut out the whiskers and brows from gold florist crepe paper, using the templates.

  4. Step 4

    Cut out the remaining features from fine crepe paper, matching the color to the templates.

  5. Step 5

    Glue all features using a glue stick, except whiskers; use a hot-glue gun for those. When gluing the gold brows above the eyes, fold the edge of the paper inside eyeholes for a neat look.

  6. Step 6

    Add two ribbon ties to replace elastic; we used twill tape, which comes in lots of colors and ties into good, tight bows.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2009



Reviews (12)

  • ladygriffin 30 Oct, 2013

    Eh, some people are a bit too petty on here. This was still a good idea for a mask. Those pre-made white masks are awesome. They aren't very expensive, save on time and energy in making your own, and you can decorate them however you wish. I bought a bunch and made skeleton cat masks for dia de los muertos out of them. It was a lot of fun.

  • ladygriffin 30 Oct, 2013

    The plain cat masks can be found at

  • loisa 15 Oct, 2013

    I like this mask but I cannot find the template anywhere. When I searched for the template, I found a video of how to make this mask but the link said I have to install Adobe Flash Player first. I already have Adobe Flash Player and can't get past the installation screen. :(

  • sharethink 17 Oct, 2011

    I'm very partial to cat masks.

  • rblock 30 Sep, 2011

    how old was that magazine and where is the sweater in the picture

  • allwoman 9 Oct, 2010

    to lacyKat-definitely is spelled with an "i" not an '"a". Words and their usage are important. It is not a matter of being hard to please.

  • laceyKat 20 Sep, 2010

    Frenchie18, what is your problem? Many people alter things, I would definately say you are "making" something when you alter something. And so what? Boy, if something as little as that makes you sadly disappointed, you must be a hard person to please, and what a sad life that must be.

  • ElyseLucie 16 Sep, 2010

    Dharma Trading Company sells the white paper mache cat mask. You can paint, add glitter, metallic paints, raised foil areas, crystals, feathers, whatever. Rather nice to leave options open for tabbies, calicos, black cat interpretations....whatever matches your outfit.

  • Frenchie18 16 Sep, 2010

    I totally agree with 3. ideasbybecci "That's not 'making' something, it's 'decorating' something. I have come to expect better quality from Martha Stewart, and am sadly disappointed."

  • VikingMamma 16 Sep, 2010

    I agree with both the other comments about this being a totally misleading craft.

    I believe that we could make our own cat mask from scratch: You would need plaster of paris strips, a kind of cat-face mannequin upon which you would mold the features. Depending on how artistic you are, you could try to mold a human-sized cat face out of either play-doh or plasticine and then use that to lay on the strips of plaster of Paris. Once dried, you'd end up with a cat mask waiting for paint and Martha

  • ConnieGayle 16 Sep, 2010

    I agree! If I'm going to buy a mask, I may as well buy a ready to wear mask! Perhaps "decorate your own" should be used instead of "make.:

  • ideasbybeci 16 Sep, 2010

    I'm extremely disappointed when I click on your "How To" crafts of late and find I'm not really learning how to actually make the item as you indicate, but instead I must go out and buy the item and change it somehow. It's misleading and greatly annoying. That's not 'making' something, it's 'decorating' something. I have come to expect better quality from Martha Stewart, and am sadly disappointed.