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Black Cat Mask

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009


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

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

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

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

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

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