How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

How to Make a Fun Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, kids can learn how to make a fun paper bobble head black cat craft. This easy DIY kitty craft includes a free pattern, making it perfect for home or school. 

HOW TO MAKE A FUN BLACK CAT CRAFT FOR HALLOWEEN

Since the time of the Puritans, black cats have been a popular symbol of Halloween. Long ago, people believed that black cats could shift into human form to act as spies for witches. In many cultures, black cats are a symbol of good (and sometimes bad) luck.

Pair this easy family-friendly Halloween craft with Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting or Five Black Cats by Patricia Hegarty for an afternoon full of Halloween fun!

 

Easy and Fun Black Cat Craft for Kids

TO MAKE THIS BLACK CAT CRAFT YOU WILL NEED

  • Free printable cat template
  • White card stock
  • Black construction paper
  • Pink construction paper
  • Rotary paper cutter or scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • White colored pencil
  • Wiggly eyes or sticker eyes
  • White school glue or double sided tape
  • Crayons (optional)

Learn how to Make a Paper Black Cat Craft

DIRECTIONS FOR BLACK CAT CRAFT

1. Print the free template on card stock, cut out the shapes, then use a white colored pencil to lightly trace the shapes onto black construction paper.

The printable has 2 sets of cat patterns.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

2. Fold the ends of the long, thick paper strip towards the middle as pictured below. Glue or tape the 2 flaps together to create a 3D half circle shape.

Paper Bobble Head Black Cat In-Process

3. Trace the small petal shapes onto pink construction paper. Trace the larger petal shapes onto black construction paper. Glue the pink petals to the black petals to create ears for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

4. Glue the ears to the back of the cat’s head (the heart-shaped piece). Use a single hole punch to create a circle for the cat’s nose, then glue it to head. Use a white colored pencil and sticker eyes to create a face for your cat.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

6. Glue the cat’s tail (the short strip with the curved end) to the back of the cat’s body. Fold the last strip like an accordion. Snip off the excess, leaving about 4 folds.

Black Cat Craft In-Process

7. Glue the cat’s head to the accordion fold paper strip, then glue the accordion fold to the front of the cat’s body.

Black Cat Craft for Halloween

Isn’t it cute? If you tap their little heads, they bobble up and down. Perfect for Halloween or for any child who loves cats!

KID-MADE BLACK CAT CRAFT SAMPLES

My kids chose to color their cat templates instead of tracing them onto construction paper. Both of them did a great job and enjoyed playing with their cats afterward.

If you do this craft with a group of kids, I recommend preparing the templates in advance. Tracing, cutting, and folding are great fine motor activities for kids!

Kid-Made Paper Bobble Head Black Cat Craft

 

 

Masking Tape Hand

Masking Tape Hand

This creepy glow in the dark hand is the perfect DIY addition to add to your Halloween decorations.

This project takes approximately 15-20 minutes. You can try wrapping your own hand, but it’s definitely easier to borrow a friend’s hand.

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Materials

  • Glowstick (green or orange look great)
  • Masking Tape
  • Disposable drinking straw
  • Scissors

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Step 1. WRAPPING THE HAND- Always start with the sticky side of the tape facing OUT, otherwise the tape will stick to your model and will be harder to remove.  Place a straw against the wrist and palm of the hand as shown. This will keep the tape from getting too tight and help when removing the tape at the end. Hold the end of the tape in place with one hand, while wrapping the tape around the wrist with the other hand. Leave at least an inch of the straw exposed at the bottom. Overlap the tape, so that it sticks to itself. This will make it easier to wrap the rest of the hand.

Step 2. Continue wrapping the tape up the wrist, sticky side out. Remember, make sure not to wrap the tape too tight or your model will be uncomfortable.

Step 3.  When you get to the hand, wrap the tape across the palm and around the thumb, similar to how you might wrap a hand with a bandage.

Step 4. Keep wrapping until the palm is covered.

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Step 5. The back of the hand should be covered as well. You can add more tape in spots that are still uncovered, making sure to keep the sticky side facing out.

Step 6. Next, start wrapping the index finger. The fingers will be tricky, the tape is sticky and the fingers are close together. Use the scissors as you are wrapping to cut any tape that sticks to itself.

Step 7. Finish wrapping all the fingers until everything on the hand is covered with tape. It might appear messy at this point but that will be fixed in the next step.

Step 8.  Repeat steps 2-8, this time with the sticky part of the tape facing in. You can cut the tape into smaller pieces to get into the areas around the fingers. When you are finished, the hand should no longer be sticky.

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Step 9. REMOVING THE HAND FROM THE TAPE- If possible, you should let the model do this step.  Insert the scissors into the end of the straw and cut carefully along the straw.

Step 10. Continue cutting the tapped hand apart, until the model can slide their hand out, you will use the tape to fix the cut seam.

Step 11. Use the masking tape to put the hand back together and fix any places the might be coming undone, especially around the fingers.

Step 12. The hand is complete. You can use this wrapping technique on other parts of the body, like your feet. Add a glow stick inside the hand for a creepy effect. You can also create a zombie rising from it’s grave.

Congratulations! You made it through this DIY! If you’re still missing some components for the perfect Halloween, head over to the shop to browse through decorations and party supplies that will bring your haunted house back from the dead.

 

 

How To Help Your Grown-Up Child Cope After Surgery

How To Help Your Grown-Up Child Cope After Surgery

We all know that having our children go under the knife can be tough, and them getting older doesn’t make it any less difficult. However, when you have an adult child heading off for surgery, it is still scary. So, what can you do to make it easier for them after the operation? Here are some ideas.

Listen to them

It might be tempting to try and take over their care after they have had surgery but if they tell you to take a step back, you will have to listen to them. It might be more stressful for them to have you hovering over them. If they ask for your help, be prepared to help them in any way. If they ask you to leave, be prepared to do that too, but you might need to be ready to head back when they realise it was better with you there.

Prepare before surgery

They might not want you around afterwards to look after them, but you can prepare things before they head in. This preparation might come in the form of dinners being made up for a week or two and packed into the fridge and freezer. You could help them tidy up the house and arrange things that will make their life easier when they are back home. You could even go as far as ensuring that they have a streaming service ready so they can relax in bed while they recover.

Help if something goes wrong

It is unfortunate but there is always a chance that something can go wrong. If this is the case, you will need to be there for them in any way that you can. Consult with a medical malpractice lawyer to see if there is any help that they can provide and to hold the hospital accountable. Hopefully, everything will be fine and this will never be an option, but if it is, you might need to fight for your child, even if they are in their 30’s. You might find yourself going into full parent mode again but it will be worth it if it will help them to make a full recovery.

Enjoy their company

After surgery, there is a chance that they will be made t take it easy for a while. This might be a great chance to get to know your child again as a grown-up, and they can get to know you. During recovery, they might be lonely if they are cut off from their usual social circles so don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with them. You never know, you might end up making a friend instead of just having a child. Call around to see them or give them a quick call to see how they are coping.

When it comes to our adult children having surgery, the best thing we can do is support them and listen to their needs. It can be tough but you need to remember that they are adults, even if they will always be your baby.

Top Benefits of Insuring Your Car

Top Benefits of Insuring Your Car

It is vital to have a car in today’s world because of the high cost of public transportation. But unfortunately, many people can’t buy a vehicle outright and need help from a lending institution. 

Fortunately, financial products are available that will allow you to get behind the wheel without breaking your bank account! One such product is automobile insurance. Several benefits come with having this type of coverage on your car. They include:

You Get Personal Accident Cover

With the personal accident cover, you get coverage for personal injuries while traveling in a car. This means that the insurer will cover all medical expenses, and rehabilitation needs. 

It will also cover other associated costs such as anyone that gets injured while traveling with you in the exact vehicle. To ensure you get coverage for these claims, it would help to hire a car accident lawyer. They will know how to negotiate with your insurance provider the right way.

No Claim Bonus 

There are many benefits to insuring your car, and one of the biggest is that you will get a no-claim bonus. This could help you save money on future premiums by awarding you discounts for having an accident-free history over time. 

For example, if you have not had any accidents in five years, this can lead to up to 50% off your next premium. Many companies also offer rewards such as loyalty points or cash back when it comes time to renew. So, if they do happen to increase their rates slightly because of something like inflation – at least there’s some return for taking good care of their investment.

Third-Party Liability

In a third-party liability policy, the insured is responsible for compensating for any loss or damage they cause to others. For example, if you cause an accident and injure someone else’s property, this type of insurance will cover your liabilities towards them. 

These people can sue you for compensation which can be expensive. This policy will help you pay for those expenses and settle the lawsuit.

Cover of Damage or Loss 

Covering damage or loss is the most popular reason people own car insurance, and there is a good reason. No matter what happens to your vehicle, whether damaged in an accident or stolen from you without warning, you will get covered by your auto policy’s comprehensive coverage, which gives you more peace of mind. 

If an uninsured driver damages your vehicle while at fault in an accident with you on the road, then their liability protection would cover damage costs such as fixing/replacing windows and doors or repairing any other damage to the vehicle.

This is a good way of protecting yourself from any unforeseen events that may cause harm or loss to your car and ensures you get covered in case of an accident, theft, or vandalism. It also covers repair costs if another driver damages your car while they are at fault for causing the accident with you on the road. 

In conclusion, insuring your car can be a great way to ensure you are always protected from the unexpected. It is also helpful for those who want extra coverage against damages and injuries they might cause others on the road. 

How To Select The Right Treats For Your Pup

How To Select The Right Treats For Your Pup

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimated that pet food and treat sales in America increased by 9.7% in 2020. Treats are handy to have as a dog owner since they are an excellent way to show your puppy love and reward it for good behavior. Nevertheless, what you feed your dog is vital, so it is best to put great thought and effort into selecting the best treats for your furry friend. If you wish to learn more about choosing suitable treats for your dogs, consider the points below.

     1. Avoid treats with artificial ingredients

Dog treats are typically designed to catch pet owners’ eyes, so you will undoubtedly come across treats with bright colors and fascinating packaging when searching for snacks for your dogs. Although puppies don’t care what their treats look like, it is your duty as a pet owner to check the nutrient analysis and ingredient list before purchasing any snacks. Treats that come in unnatural colors are likely packing a lot of salt, fat, dyes, and artificial preservatives that make them less healthy diet options. Instead, opt for simple treats with fewer ingredients like those on this web page to ensure that your dog doesn’t consume anything unhealthy.

     2. Make treats yourself

Making your puppy’s treats yourself is worth considering to ensure that you know the exact ingredients your dog is consuming. Fortunately, you can keep many treats in your refrigerator for up to one week, so baking once weekly is enough to cover your pup’s snack needs. You can make DIY dog biscuits, dog donuts, and frozen treats as well. However, remember to avoid using chocolate, onion, garlic seasonings, raisins, corn, salt, macadamia nuts, and other ingredients to which dogs typically don’t react well. Therefore, it would be best to check online to see if a particular element is safe for your dog to consume when making treats to keep it in optimum health and wellness.

     3. Consider treats with specific health benefits

Your puppy can have its cake and eat it too if you feed it treats with health benefits. Fortunately, many treats have numerous health benefits besides being tasty snacks. As such, there is no shortage of options to select from, regardless of your pup’s unique needs. You can find dog treats for food allergies, anxiety, dental disease, and obesity. In addition, you can purchase treats specifically designed for dogs with joints and hip pain, and sensitive stomachs. 

     4. Watch out for calories 

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Obesity is one of the biggest health problems for dogs in America, with data indicating that 55.8% of dogs are overweight or obese. Like humans, obesity in canines can contribute to many health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Overindulgence is perhaps the most significant cause of obesity in many dogs since many owners do not track the number and calorie content of treats they feed their pups. Consequently, feed your dog low-calorie treats only, or break down bigger treats into small pieces that can last throughout the day. Also, consider cutting back on treats if your dog is obese until it reaches a healthy weight.

How to make a life-size Halloween ghost

How to make a life-size Halloween ghost

Use cheesecloth and other cheap items to make a life-size ghost for Halloween. Hang it on a tree or put it on your front porch so that passers-by will tremble in their boots.

Materials Needed:

  • 6-8 packages of cheesecloth
  • large foam ball
  • 2 small foam balls
  • paint roller extension pole
  • 2 yardsticks
  • hammer
  • 2 short large-headed nails
  • jug of Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • empty spray bottle
  • sheet of black felt
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • large sewing needle
  • spool of fishing line

 

Create Ghost’s Framework

Layer a paint roller extension pole and two yardsticks to create a “skeleton” for your ghost (Image 1). Use a short large-headed nail to attach both yardsticks to the paint roller extension pole, one on top of the other (Image 2).

 

Secure Extension Pole

Find a non-windy outdoor spot to temporarily drive the paint roller extension pole into the ground to make draping the ghost easier.

Attach Ghost’s Head

Push a large foam ball onto the top of the paint roller extension pole to create the ghost’s head.

Attach Ghost’s Hands

Attach a small foam ball to the end of each yardstick to act as the ghost’s hands.

Drape Cheesecloth

Begin draping large sheets of cheesecloth over the ghost framework (Image 1). Continue draping sheets of cheesecloth back and forth over the ghost until you’ve achieved the desired effect (Image 2).

Spray Starch

Use a spray bottle filled with liquid starch to saturate the ghost’s head, hands and arms, leaving the body starch-free so trailing layers of gauze will blow in the breeze. Allow starch to dry (harden) completely before moving on.

Create Eyes and Mouth

Cut two eyes and a mouth out of black felt (Image 1). Use fabric glue to attach felt eyes and mouth to the ghost’s head (Image 2).

Remove Small Foam Balls

Gently remove the two small foam balls from under cheesecloth.

Attach Fishing Line to Arms

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the fabric of each hand. Triple-knot the fishing line so the ghost can move freely in the breeze without the threat of blowing away.

Attach Fishing Line to Head

Use a large sewing needle to thread a long length of fishing line through the top of the ghost’s head. It’s a good idea to drive the needle straight through the foam ball if possible. Triple knot this length of fishing line (Image 1). Finally, tie the ghost to hooks on a porch ceiling or sturdy tree branches in the yard for a spooky Halloween-themed display (Image 2).