Love From Heckerty

Eight Cats a-Howling

“On the 8th day of Christmas, Zanzibar gave me:

Eight cats a-howling,

Seven bats a-squeaking,

Six cauldrons boiling,

Five magic wands –

Four hooting owls.

Three blind mice,

Two jumping frogs,

And a sardine prepared for my tea.”

Make a cat out of a paper plate! It’s easy and you can make different colored cats (red and green) and hang them together as a Christmas mobile or ornaments!

Eight cats a-howling

Eight cats a-howling

What you need:

  • A paper plate
  • Black, red or green paint
  • Googly eyes


  • Paint the paper plate black (or red, green etc) and let dry.
  • Turn the plate over to the unpainted side.
  • Cut out the body using the pattern from the url below.
  • Cut out the tail and head from the remaining pieces of plate.
  • Set scraps aside.
  • Use tape to attach the tail and the head to the back of the plate, using the image as a guide.
  • Glue on wiggle eyes and paint a pink dot for the nose.
  • From the scraps of black plate, cut thin whiskers of equal length.
  • Glue to the cat’s face.

Our cat was based on this awesome one we found online at:

Thanks, Amanda!