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How to Make a Pumpkin and Cat Halloween Decor Piece from Paper Plates

If you’re also a parent, then I’m sure you already know the beauty of finding crafting ideas for your kids that can be made with things you already have on hand in the house and don’t mind sparing. I recently came across a stack of old paper plates in the back of the pantry and was thrilled because they’re such a blast to make kids’ crafts with! That’s how my kids and I decided to make these adorable cat and pumpkin shaped Halloween decor pieces that I made sure to outlined nicely so that other people can learn how to do them as well.

Halloween decor piece from paper plates

Check out these photos and full instructions for some cute Halloween crafting! If you’re the kind of crafter who would much rather follow along with a video tutorial than written words, keep scrolling to the end of this post and you’ll find one.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Two paper plates
  • A glue gun
  • A few paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Paint (black, orange, white, and red)

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Halloween decor piece from paper plates materials

Step 2:

Paint the inside surface of one of your paper plates entirely orange. If the white of your paint still shows through when you’re done, let the paint dry and then paint another layer. Let that dry too.

Halloween decor piece from paper plates paint

Step 3:

Paint the whole inside surface of your second paper plate black! Do a second layer again if you need to and then let your plate dry.

Halloween decor piece from paper plates black color

Step 4:

Using your black painted plate, cut out the inside circle from the centre, where the plate is its flattest. Cut through the edge too where you start with your scissors in order to access the middle of the plate, but otherwise leave the ridged edge of the plate as in-tact as you can. Next, cut a piece of the ridged edge of the plate out, rounding it at the top. I made mine about five inches long. This will be your cat’s curvy tail! From what’s left of your black painted rim, cut two ovals and then round one side of each into three little ridges to make your cat’s paws. Lastly, cut two squares and taper off the corners at one end to make your cat’s pointed ears. You now have all of your pieces to work with.

Halloween decor piece from paper plates cutting