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Papier-Mache Decorations: Black Cats





  • Black crepe paper
  • Balloon
  • Gloves
  • White and black card stock
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Craft glue


  1. Step 1

    Paste two or three layers of black crepe paper to a balloon. The dye runs and stains easily, so wear gloves and cover your work surface.

  2. Step 2


    Remove a circle from one end to make a base. Cut out features, and use tape to secure white and black card stock inside. For the candy dish, cut out lid, and then cut two wedges from it. Use masking tape to secure wedges to cat; cover with crepe paper to make ears.

  3. Step 3

    Use craft glue to affix card stock inside the bottom of the form; cover exterior with crepe paper to hide hole in base. For standing cat, don't cut a lid. Set the head on a large balloon.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2001



Reviews (9)

  • gigiboms 11 Oct, 2013

    These instructions are not thorough enough for someone who isn't proficient at making crafts :(

  • beadyeyedbrat 18 Sep, 2008

    Add some clove oil, salt and/or a drop or two of dish soap to flour paste to help keep bugs and mildew away. Seal with spar varnish if it's going outside or a spray acrylicsealer if inside. Neither are food safe, so only put wrapped candy inside.

  • beadyeyedbrat 18 Sep, 2008

    I don't pull the balloon out, just pop it and let it set. The balloon will pull away as it shrivels up and only a little bit stays stuck..that's easy to pull out. Not all crepe paper is created equal, so pick the thickest you can find. Since I wanted a sturdier bowl, I added three layers of newspaper after the crepe had dried, then covered with two more layers of crepe.

  • SHess2004 9 Sep, 2008

    You need to grease the balloon with petroleum jelly or a cooking spray. Then, once you pop the balloon to remove it, it won't stick to the papier mache. Be sure to get a good coating on there. If you use too thin of a coating when you go to pull the balloon out it will stick and deform your project. Hope this helps.

  • 1mommysays 9 Sep, 2008

    I think you're just suppose to pop the balloon.

  • Lindsaygirl 7 Sep, 2008

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can remove the balloon from the papier mache. I made the cat candy dish and the balloon did not want to come off. Maybe I did something wrong? The directions are vague....

  • Beccamommy2 30 Aug, 2008

    wouldn't it work just as well to use newspaper and then paint it? maybe a little less messy than crepe paper and a lot cheaper. just a thought.

  • cookiesgalore 24 Jul, 2008

    if you use wheat paste though, be sure to store it away in a secure place where there won't be any mice or insects, since they would be attracted to the wheat paste. I would suggest putting them in a plastic clear bin with a locking secure lid that nothing can get into.

  • kwheeler 8 Apr, 2008

    These are so fun and easy to do! Pumkins that can be used year after year are the way to go.