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Who Let the Cat Out of the Bottle?

Bottle Paper Mache Cat

cat faceIn the video how 2, we will use a empty wine bottle to create a whimsical little cat.

It's pretty easy, I believe it is something that you all can do and enjoy. If you don't have a wine bottle you can use a plastic water bottle or even a soda bottle if you like.

Purr-fect for Any Age

paper mache catYour Material List

Recycled newspaper & cardboard



Paper Mache Paste

Acrylic paints, brushes


And a Smile

Make Your Armature

1. First we will make our armature. You will blow up a small balloon for the cat's head and place that into the opening of your recyclable wine bottle. By cutting pieces of cardboard you will shape your cat's ears and tape those into place on your balloon. You can even add 3d cheeks and nose for character enhancements.

prime the catYou will also roll up newspaper for a tail and tape that onto the back of your bottle at the bottom.

You have your armature built, so you are ready to apply your newspaper strips.


2. To create your whimsy Cat you can use the paper mache strip recipe, recipes are posted under the How 2 Recipe Playlist, on the right hand side bar.


3. Apply 3 layers of your newspaper strips over the head of the cat and let this completely dry. You will only need to cover the bottle with one layer if it is a glass bottle like mine. The goal is to cover the glass completely but it will not need the paper mache layers for strengthening.


To dry your first set of layers let it dry overnight, if you put your cat in the sun it could pop your balloon, and you don't want that.

3. Strip Time You will need to cover your cat head with 15 to 20 layers of paper mache for it to be strong.  The more layers you apply the harder the sculpture will be. Let all your layers completely dry.

4. Sand your Cat down so he or she is nice and smooth. Add a primer coat of white acrylic or gesso paint. Sand again if needed at this stage.

5. Add your color to your Cat and let it all dry again. I used acrylic paint on this paper mache cat and then I sealed it with a clear coat of varnish..

6. Cover the entire Cat with poly acrylic varnish or spray sealer and let this completely dry. (Minwax Polycrylic)

Your Finished Whimsy Cat

The Bottle cat is really cute and simple to make, if you have any questions or suggestions feel free to leave them here or join us on our Facebook Studio Page.

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