Set a Halloween mood with a vintage black cat figure arched in front of
a smiling full
moon! Black cats have long been associated with witches and
magic. How did that happen?
The Egyptian goddess Bastet was worshiped in the
form of a lean
black cat, or sometimes as a human female with the head of a
cat. Bastet also possessed nine incarnations.
Later goddesses, like the Greek Hecate and the Norse Freya were also
associated with black cats.
From the Middle Ages into the 18th
century, it was thought that witchcraft was the worship of
these Pagan goddesses, and black cats were the
witches' demonic companions. Bad luck for the black cats.
By the enlightened Victorian times, black cats
were promoted from
demonic to merely mischievous, but still darn
This little tableau of a black cat, with yellow
glitter eyes, and a full Halloween moon, is easy to make with black
foamcore and some burgundy cord trim. The classic vintage images are
yours FREE as a PDF download. Just click on the "vintage images" link
in the list of materials below.
Materials for this Black Cat Figure
(FREE PDF download) printed on matte photo or presentation paper.
two vintage images on the photo paper or presentation
paper. Roughly trim them with scissors, leaving about a 1" border
around each image.
Apply spray glue to the backs of the
images, press them on to the foamcore, gently smoothing out
any air bubbles, and let them dry.
With a sharp craft knife on a self-healing mat,
cut around the outside of both images, keeping the knife vertical. Trim
straight across the bottom of the feet on the black cat figure.
Color the visible white paper edges of the
marking pens, black for cat and yellow for the moon.
a straight-edge and pencil, draw a 4" line across the bottom
of the moon image. Cut on the line with the craft knife, keeping the
knife blade vertical so the cut edge is perfectly flat.
Lightly spray the moon with gold glitter spray
and let dry. Apply a light spray of clear varnish to fix the glitter.
Paint the cat's eyes with yellow glitter glue
and let dry.
Cut a 3" x 9" rectangle of foamcore for the
base. With tacky craft glue, attach a 25" length of braided
fabric trim around the outside edge of the foamcore with the seam at
the back, holding it in place with straight pins while the glue dries.
Temporarily position the moon and the cat on
placing each figure about 1/2" in from the front and back edges of the
base and about 1" from the right and left sides, respectively. Make
two small pencil marks where you want to insert straight pins
underneath into each of the figures (the center of the moon and the
front legs of the cat). Push a pin down through from the top side to
make a hole on the bottom, then insert the pin up through the hole from
Apply tacky craft glue to the points of the two
pins and on the bottom edges of both figures. Push the figures down
onto the pins, tight against the base. Let the glue dry.
There! your black cat figure is ready to
display, devilish and lovable by the light of the full moon!
foam board is a rigid, resilient and lightweight
board of polystyrene foam laminated with paper on both of its sides. It
is manufactured in several thicknesses (3/16" is most common) and many
colors. Most craft glues will work on it, but a tacky craft
glue (like Aleen's) is best. We used black foamcore (since it is
Halloween), but you can use any color, or just spray paint it black.
We used 3/8" braided cording around the base,
but you can use a variety of trims. Lace, dyed dark green, would give a
nice effect of grass.
Straight pins. The unsung heroes of crafting.
We use pins here to strengthen the joint between the figures and the
base, just one pin up through the base into each figure. We
also used the pins to hold the braiding taut and in place as we glued
it around the base. Without them, we would have had a sticky,
uncontrolled mess of braid and glue. But through the magic of pins -