Box Cat

Recycle some boxes to create these adorable feline friends.
Box cat craft


  • Small box (e.g., medicine or tea box)
  • Acrylic paint, tempera, or poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Small pompom or button
  • Cotton
  • String or ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Fishing line or thin florist wire (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Box cat craft 1. Choose a small box that isn't too flat such as a medicine or tea box. Glue flaps in place using some white glue or a hot glue gun.
Step 2 Box cat craft 2. Position the box with one of its widest side facing you. Mark the bottom of the cat's body and its legs by drawing three sides of a rectangle at the bottom of the box. Create an identical rectangle on the opposite side of the box.
Step 3 Box cat craft 3. Turn the box so that the adjacent small panel is facing you. Repeat step 2 on this side and its opposite side, making sure that the upper edge of your rectangles are aligned.
Step 4 Box cat craft Ask for an adult's help.4. With all four sides marked with lines, you are now ready to cut the box into a cat's body. First, cut out the entire bottom panel. Then, cut along the lines on each side.
Step 5 Box cat craft 5. Draw a cat's head on cardboard, heavy card stock, or on the scraps from the previous step. Draw shoulders below the head and a rectangular tab at the bottom. You will need this tab to attach the head to the box. This tab should be as wide as the smaller side of the box.
Step 6 Box cat craft 6. Draw a tail. You can make it straight, curvy, or bushy.
Step 7 Box cat craft Ask for an adult's help.7. Cut out the head and the tail. Glue them onto the box using some white glue or a hot glue gun.
Step 8 Box cat craft 8. Once the glue is dry, paint your cat using acrylic or tempera paint. Acrylic paint clings better to glossy surfaces. If using tempera or poster paint, apply it undiluted. Apply a second coat of paint, if necessary.
Step 9 Box cat craft 9. When the paint is dry, glue on a pair of wiggle eyes. Shape some cotton into two small ovals and glue them below the eyes. To add a nose, glue a small pompom, a round bead, or a circle made of craft foam or paper between the cotton ovals.

To add whiskers, cut six short strips from fishing line or thin florist wire. Glue three strips onto each cotton oval.
Black box cat craft 10. Add a cat collar if you like. Attach a small button, a round bell, or a bead on a piece of yarn or string. Tie the string around your cat's neck with the knot at its back.

That's it! Your cat is ready for hours of play. Mine is all set for Halloween.

More Ideas

Orange box cat Paint stripes or patches instead of a single color. You can also paint the paws and chest white.

When painting using light colors, you may need to prime the box with white paint first so that existing text or colors on the box do not show through. Wait for the white paint to dry before painting with the final colors.

Instead of string or yarn, you can use a length of ribbon or lace for the collar.
Gray box cat Make your cat look furry by cutting fringes along the lower half of its head and at the end of its tail. Add some texture by painting dry streaks of paint. Do this by dipping the tips of a dry paint brush into a slightly lighter or darker shade of paint. Move the brush in short, quick movements to apply the dry streaks. Click the photo for a closer look.

I glued the felt star on this cat's collar after I tied the string around its neck.