Your Paper Mache Cats

Get a fast start on your next paper mache project or hand-made gift with Jonni’s easy downloadable patterns for masks, animal sculptures and faux trophy mounts. The patterns help you create a beautiful work of art, even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos of their paper mache cats. If you would like your own cat to be included in this gallery, send me the photos and I’ll add them. They can be cats you made following the paper mache cat videos I made, or they can be cats you made following  another method. If you already posted your own cat as a comment on another page and you’d like the photo to be included in this gallery, just let me know. (Copyright laws don’t allow me to move your photos and comments without permission – or at least that’s what I’ve been told.)

Click on the thumbnail images to see them larger. Since I haven’t figured out how to make comments show up in the lightbox, see the artists’ comments about their cats below. (If you know how to get the comments in the lightbox with the pictures, where they belong, please let me know).

The artists:

Joanne Gennarella said:  “The snow leopard was reworked from my original one sent to you when I did her with the [Monique Robert] method of paper mache. This time I went over snow leopard with paper mache clay for a more realistic fur look. For calico kitty – I used my usual armature of wire, paper, and tape, over which I layered paper mache clay.  This cat was inspired by Jonni’s class tutorial of her pretty cat.  Good job Jonni with the class, let’s have some more.”

Vivian Dominguez said: “I saw your post and wanted to submit my cat!  It’s not done using your method. This cat was made with newspaper, masking tape, glue, yarn, misc fabric, toothpicks, and fishing wire. The head, ears, limbs and paws all move with fishing wire and the eyes will be animated on later. I made the cat for a webseries in the works…you can learn a bit more about it here: . ”

Ron Gordon said: “Here is a pic of my bobcat. I followed your lessons online.”

Nice work, everyone! Now let’s add to the paper mache cat gallery – send in your photos soon, and see them here.

All of the lessons to make a paper mache cat:

16 thoughts on “Your Paper Mache Cats”

  1. Hi jonni I saw your videos on how to make a paper mache cat thought it looked amazing! So I decided to try one of my own. I followed along with the videos and made a life size fox and a few other smaller sculptures. This has been such an inspiration to me and I am absolutely hooked on paper mache and have many more projects lined up. I am also planing on selling customs as soon as I’m good enough, thank you so much for your tutorials!

    • Rebecca, your fox if fabulous! Would you do me a huge favor and repost him on the Daily Sculptors page? A lot more people subscribe to the comments and that page, and I don’t want anyone to miss seeing him. (And I’d say you’re “good enough” to do commission work already. 🙂 )

  2. A neighbor’s boy wanted a cat, a black cat with brown eyes. I didn’t know what I was doing (didn’t know about the online posts about how to make a cat). I’ll know better next time. Thank goodness he wanted it black and that Jonni knows how to make black!

  3. My cat is a 2 litre plastic pop bottle, paper towel rolls and lots of newspaper & masking tape. I’m new at working with the Jonni Clay and painting so this has been a fun challenge.

  4. I wanted to make something different this time. I liked painting the flowers on instead of makeingit look like a real little kitty. I wan very happy with it.

    • Yes, you can find my contact info here. If you send me your cat’s photo I can add it to the gallery. The system is probably rejecting your photo because it’s too big. In the future, set your camera to “save for the web.” That usually works.

  5. good evening.i’m done with my cat,but i’m not thrilleed with it. but,i’ll send you the pics.its my first time doing this.

  6. Love all the cats – Mrs. Gray Paws reminds me of my late cat who was a beautiful grey and white, with gorgeous white cheeks – big ones! Cats are great fun and this was a wonderful idea for a post – thanks Jonni.

    P.S. – see ya soon – I’m working on a Bengal Cat!

  7. My second cat is whimsical. I used a piece of foam for the body shape and a styrofoam ball for the head, the legs are 2 chop sticks and the arms and tail is wire covered in newspaper. After wrapping it all with masking tape, I covered with newspaper strips dipped in a mixture of PVA glue and wallpaper paste. When it was dry I covered it with a thin layer of joint compound and smoothed with a wet hand. After everything dried I painted and decorated it.

  8. Hi there, I used a similar method to make Mrs Gray Paws. My armature consists of 2 cardboard silhouettes of the cat which I built out with newspaer and masking tape to get the shape. I then covered with the world famous Jonni Clay. When it was dry I decorated with acrylic paints and varnished with a polyurethane varnish.

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