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Halloween Preview–Black Cat and Cute Devil Mini Paper Mache

I love Halloween and as the Grandin Road Halloween Haven website blares, it’s only 87 days away as of today. In preparation for Halloween, I always start projects in the summer. Here are two little guys that will be premiering this year: a black cat and a cute, smiling devil.

They are simple to make. I used a medium weight-gauge wire and pliers to make the armatures like so:

Then I wrapped the armatures in masking tape–this makes it easier to adjust the shape and to paper mache them.

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To paper mache them I use liquid starch. I find that it’s really smooth and easy to clean-up. I tear small strips of newspaper and then layer them onto the armatures, dipping each in the liquid starch.

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Finally, the fun part is painting and then accessorizing them. For the cat, I found some old stickers that I had been saving for something–not quite sure what, but they worked. For the smiling devil, I added a cape made of tissue paper, which I cut and glued on, and lastly, the spear, because no devil is complete without one. It’s a gold pipe cleaner that I happened to have in my craft loot too.

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