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Christmas Kitten Cone

This kitty will be happy to hang around for the holidays. Finished cone is 6 inches tall.

What You Need:

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This kitty cone is easy to assemble.

  • Pretreated painter's canvas
  • White gesso
  • 1-inch foam brushes
  • Fine sanding block
  • Tack cloth
  • Tracing paper, masking tape, and graphite transfer paper
  • Pen, pencil, or stylus
  • Extender (a medium that lengthens drying time)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Paintbrushes: round, flat, and liner
  • Black fine-tip permanent marking pen
  • Matte acrylic spray
  • Hole punch
  • 2/3 yard of 3/8-inch-diameter decorative satin cording
  • Glue gun and hot-melt adhesive
  • Delta CeramCoat acrylic paint in antique gold, black, and forest green
  • FolkArt acrylic paint in burgundy
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in black green, evergreen, and milk chocolate


1. Download the free patterns. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)


2. Prepare the canvas. Using the foam brush, brush the front of the canvas with a coat of gesso. Let dry and sand lightly. Remove any sanding residue with a tack cloth. Repeat.

3. Prepare the back of the canvas as directed for the front.

4. Transfer the cone pattern. Trace the design onto tracing paper. Tape the traced design to the prepared canvas with the graphite transfer paper in between. Using a pen, pencil, or stylus, transfer only the outline of the cone to the canvas. Cut out the canvas on the drawn line. Set the pattern aside.

5. Paint a base coat of forest green on both sides of the cone and let dry.

6. Mottle the cone. Mix evergreen and black green paints, then add extender until mixture is the consistency of ink. Brush the paint mixture on the cone front. While still wet, take a small wad of plastic wrap, and tap it up and down on the paint. Let the paint dry.

7. Trace and transfer the kitten motif to the prepared surface. Also trace the lacing holes. (Note: Do not punch out the holes until the entire design is painted and dry.)

8. Paint the kitten. Base-coat the kitten with antique gold. Add milk chocolate spots and a burgundy bow and star. With a liner brush and black, paint the eyes, nose, and whiskers.

9. Add details and seal. Outline the entire design and add detailing with the marking pen, then spray with the sealer.

10. Punch holes and add cording. Punch out the holes on each side of the cone. At the narrow end of the cone, thread the cording through the bottom hole on each side; center the cording.

11. Assemble the cone. Roll the canvas into a cone, then lace the cording through all of the holes just as you would lace up a pair of shoes. Knot the cording at the top of the cone. Trim one tail close to the knot and secure with glue. Fold the other tail down to the knot, forming a hanging loop, and secure with glue.


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