Halloween Decorations

Scaredy Cats

This trio of felines may look harmless by day, but beware come nightfall, when their eyes cast a ghoulish gleam.

What you need:

  • White foam-core board or cardboard
  • X-Acto knife
  • Wooden garden stakes
  • Wood glue
  • Black spray paint
  • Drop cloth
  • Glow-in-the-dark or reflective tape
  • Cat patterns *

To make:

  1. Enlarge cat patterns * and cut out.
  2. Trace pattern onto foam-core board or cardboard, and cut out using an X-Acto knife.
  3. Attach wooden garden stakes to cats with wood glue and let dry.
  4. When the glue is dry (about twenty minutes), lay the cats on a drop cloth and spray-paint one side black. When the painted side is dry (about 30 minutes), turn over and paint the other.
  5. Using our eerie eye pattern, cut a pair of eyes from reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape. Secure eyes to cats and place in yard.

* You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the template. If you don't have this program, see link below for a free download.

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Copyright © 1999 and 2001. Reprinted with permission from the October 1999 and the October 2001 issue of Parents Magazine

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