Cardboard Tube Cat: The Farm Series

The barn cat. Most barns have them. This one I suppose could pass for a wild tiger too, so maybe I’ll toss him into the zoo series when I do that ;-) but for now, we’ll call him a tigger kitty. :) There’s only one animal left in the farm series of cardboard tubes, I’m sure you can guess what it is now! Meanwhile, let’s make this cute cardboard tube cat.

Ok, so not all kitties live in a barn. Mine certainly don’t. Spoiled brats.

First cut a piece of cardboard tube to about 1 1/2 inches. Paint it orange.

Paint some dark brown stripes on both sides.

Use a small round stencil sponge (called spouncers) dipped in light orange paint (or just mix some orange with a little white or yellow) to add the cheeks. Use the handle end of a paintbrush dipped in pink paint to add the nose.

Cut a strip from the remaining cardboard tube for the tail. Paint it orange and add brown stripes.

Take an orange chenille stem and cut a 4 inch piece off. Set that piece aside for the ears. Take the remaining length of stem and cut it in half. Coil the two pieces around the handle of a paintbrush and slide the coils off, these are the legs. Glue them inside the bottom of the tube so that they stick out the front. Bend them to look like the cat is laying down.

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Take that 4 inch piece for the ears and cut it in half. Bend both pieces in half and glue inside the tube at the top. Glue the tail to the back and curl it around the cat. Use a Sharpie marker to add whiskers, eyes, and eyebrows. :)


  1. DebWestbury says

    Now I am not sure whch one is my favorite, but if you decide to make this your tiger, make a back and white kitty…

  2. Creative Contentment says

    Too fun..another one. You have me hooked Amanda. :)Funny thing is I keep telling the kids about hem and how fun it would be them to make some but truth is I am the one that really wants to make them. (HE HE)

  3. RedTedArt says

    My my you animal zoo does indeed continue!! You are on a roll!!!

    You should do an ebook on them!

    Thank you for sharing this on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. [email protected] says

    Ok, I love ALL of them but this one is my favorite! The face is sooo cute. You rock at this Amanda, thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. I'll be linking!

  5. Theresa says

    These are so awesome. Is there a way that I can print all these farm animals out so I can do them with my kids,without being in front of the computer? That would be awesome so they can look thru them and decide which ones they want to make 1st. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • says

      Hi Theresa. I need to update this post as it was added before I had the printable versions. Hopefully I can work on that this weekend. Meanwhile, you can always copy and paste the text to a Word doc or a plain text file and print it that way. Thanks!


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