The black cat pencil topper is showing up in many classrooms as Spokane children wait in anxious anticipation for Halloween night. These pencil toppers are inexpensive to and very easy to make and will be put to good use as well. They are a nice little gift to give away for a special surprise.
The materials you need to create a black cat pencil topper are basic. You will need tracing paper, black construction paper, tacky tape (one sheet, 14 inch wide), scissors, acrylic crystal gems, black glitter, black chenille stems in 6 inch lengths and of course, pencils.
Trace a tiny cat pattern on the tracing paper and cut out. For each topper transfer the pattern twice onto black construction paper for the cat’s front and back…
Remove the protective film from one side of the sheet tape and press the tape onto the back side of the construction paper. Cut out two cats.
For the cat front, remove the protective film and press crystal gems onto the face as eyes. Cascade glitter onto the adhesive, covering the cat with a glistening gleam. Shake off excess glitter. Repeat for the back—minus the eyes.
Cut tiny pieces of 1/4-inch strip tape and press the adhesive side onto the back side of the neck, head, and sides. Take off the film from the tape at the head and neck; depress the front and back together, harmonizing the shapes.
Pop in the eraser end of the pencil between the two body halves. With care, remove the film from the tape and bear down on the two bodies together. Use a short piece of strip tape to hold the chenille-stem tail to the bottom of the cat’s back, situating the tail to the bottom of the cat back, posing the tail so it points up.
Remove the film from the tape; shower glitter over it. Curl the end of the tail around the pencil.