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Meow! Halloween Cats from Cardboard Tubes

I’ve always had a cat–and when I first met my husband, his family had four! You could say we’re cat people. Right now we have two, including the friendliest, fluffiest black cat.

So, the kids were excited to craft black cats from cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls) as part of our Halloween craft fest.

A quick note–one teacher told me she was not allowed to use anything recycled from the bathroom or kitchen. So, I suggested she ask if she can use wrapping-paper rolls.


  • cardboard tube
  • black paint
  • grey (or purple or white) paper
  • one (1) chenille stem (black, silver, white, or purple)
  • googly eyes
  • scrap of pink paper (for nose)
  • pom poms (black, silver, white, or purple) or cotton balls
  • fishing line or white thread
  • black or red marker
  • scissors
  • one-hole punch
  • glue (we like Elmer’s Glue-All) and/or glue dots


1. Bend in the top of the tube to form the ears. You can also punch a hole in the back towards the bottom.

2. Paint the entire tube black. (And, if you are three, paint your hands, your arms, your face…and if you are the mother of a three year old, be prepared to clean up! Consider making hand print bats while your child is already thoroughly covered in black paint.)

3. Trace a circle on your paper for the face and cut it out.

4. Add the features to the face. Glue on googly eyes. Cut three lengths of fishing line and tie them together in the middle. Cut a small pink triangle and glue to the knot (my daughter glued the whiskers over the nose but it would look neater glued under). Glue the nose and whiskers onto the face. Draw on the mouth of the cat. Glue the entire face to the toilet tube.

5. Glue the pom poms to the bottom, front of the tube to be two little paws.

6. Thread the chenille stem through the hole you punched in the back of the tube. Twist to secure and then curl around the remainder to form the tail.

We prefer to think of them as good luck black cats!

Educational Connections

  • History/Culture: Domesticated cats have long been a part of human history. Find out about different cultural beliefs about the cat, including the Ancient Egyptians and Medieval Europeans.
  • Ecology: How are cats helpful to humans, particularly farmers? What effect do feral cats have on the wild bird populations?
  • Science: Cats are often active at night. What adaptations do they have to allow them to move about and hunt in the darkness?
  • Theater: Watch a pet cat. How does it move? Clean itself? Get ready to sleep? Try moving like a cat.
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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6 Responses to "Meow! Halloween Cats from Cardboard Tubes"

  1. Linda Rand says:

    This craft is very cute. You can see that the two “crafters” are really enjoying themselves as they create their good luck black cat!!! I especially liked the Educational Connections.

  2. They indeed are very cute! I will be carving out some pumpkins tomorrow. It will be a real hands on experience for my kids

  3. OneMommy says:

    So cute! I might have to try those next year when my littlest will have a little more patience… I love toilet paper tube crafts!

  4. Evelyn Saenz says:

    What an adorable project for Halloween. We love black cats though at the moment we only have one cat who happens to be a gray tabby.

    I hope you don’t mind that I have posted a link to your blog on The Homeschool Club on Facebook.

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