5 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Projects Inspired by Cats


Halloween is on Thursday, but stores in my area are already clearing out their spooky stock in favor of items fit to trim your tree. While you’re rushing around to pick up the last of your holiday gear, why not try out these quick, fun projects that won’t break the bank. Customize a pair of divine black cat flats, decorate with a dazzling string of feline lights, or conjure up a sparkly cat ears headband that’s the perfect complement to your kitty costume. Now go out there and get crafting!

1. DIY Grumpy Cat Mask

If you’re going to pick one famous cat to dress up as, then why not pick the grumpiest of them all? I’m even more obsessed with Tardar Sauce since getting the chance to meet her earlier this month, and this easy-peasy project by Kathleen of Snowdrop and Company seems like the cutest way I can pay tribute to my furry idol this Halloween.

The no-sew mask is perfect for those, like me, who aren’t quite so handy with a needle and thread. I also love the fact that it only requires a few basic materials you probably already have around your house, including felt, glue, and elastic. Click here for the full DIY and free Grumpy Cat template.

2. DIY Black Cat Lights

Repurpose an old strand of Christmas lights by giving them a spooky twist! I was immediately smitten by this festive feline DIY from Cakies. The idea is so simple (and so brilliant!), you’ll probably find yourself asking, “Why didn’t I think of it first?”

Once you have your string of lights, just cut out your kitty heads, use a hole punch to make the eye holes, then stick the bulbs through. The project is guaranteed to create a festive look come October 31st that would also look great year-round (how cute would green and red Christmas kitties be?). Click here for all of the instructions, and a free template of the cat head design.

3. DIY Crystal Cat Headband

I have a pair of store-bought cat ears that look cute… but also give me a super headache. The solution? By following a tutorial for a custom headband of my own, I can accommodate my big head (ha!) and have the satisfaction of making it myself!

P.S., I Made This created this timely crystal cat ear headband, inspired by Lelet’s pricey Kat Crystal Headband, and a limited edition black lace cat ears headband, created to help benefit the ASPCA. The chic DIY headpiece is carefully constructed out of jewelry wire, clear vinyl, and lots of crystals, so you’ll be sure to glitter all night long. Check out the video with tips on how to create a pair of your own here.

4. Black Cat Flats DIY

Give your aching arches a rest by swapping out your stilettos for a pair of feline-inspired flats! These comfy kitties are super cute, and the perfect way to breathe new life into an old or inexpensive pair of plain shoes that are missing that special feline touch.

I’m not ready to cash in my cat writing earnings on a $600+ pair of Charlotte Olympia cat flats just yet, which is why I salute YouTuber Gabriella Scaringe for unleashing her catty creativity on this $10 pair of flats. Using a few simple tools like scissors, a Sharpie, and a hot glue gun, Gabriella created a priceless piece of feline fashion that can be paired with a costume or just as a fun everyday look. Click here to watch the full video tutorial.

5. Cat Halloween Makeup Tutorial

I’ve been known to draw on a whisker or two come Halloween, but my black smudges don’t come close to Julia Graf’s sexy cat Halloween makeup tutorial on YouTube. I adore the mysterious smoky eye, blood-red lipstick, and delicate nose that comprise this pretty kitty look.

Customize the colors by using makeup you already have, or use the suggestions listed by Julia on her site, MissChievious.tv. Happy Halloween!

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