Cheshire Cat Bank

November 21, 2015RaChil Luke

Do you ever fall in love with a supply at Joanns or Hobby Lobby and go through the whole shopping trip debating on if you need it or possibly have anything to do with it? Well I took a chance on the cutest paper mache cat the other week and I’m so glad I did.  I’ve made DIY magic! Learn how to make your own Alice in Wonderland inspired piggy bank below!


  • Paper Mache Cat Blank (Got mine at Joann’s)
  • Acrylic Paint (White for a base, then a top color)
  • Modpodge
  • Foam Brush (regular brushes are pictured and were discounted as an idea)
  • Glitter
  • Puffy Paint (Green, White, Black)
  • Pencil
  • X-acto Knife
  • Cork

Step 1: Paint your paper mache cat. If you want a really vibrant color you’ll need to paint a white base coat.

Step 2: Now decide where you want your coin slot and your hole to retrieve your money. Sketch them on and then use your x-acto knife to cut them out.

You can  trace around the small end of the cork and then add about a centimeter around that circumference to get a hole that the cork will fit into snugly. I also added a bit of puffy paint around the edge of the hole to keep the cork from falling out.


Step 3: I forgot/lost the images here but I used the puffy paint to add the cat’s eyes and trademark smile. If you want to make a regular cat bank you could just do the traditional :3 mouth. Here’s a close crop of the facial features.

Step 4: Sketch the fur pattern for your cat, clearly a cheshire cat (or a tabby) has stripes. Mine are a little more…lets say whimsical, than a real cats’.

Step 5: Now for the fun (or disastrous) part! Use a sponge brush to apply mod podge to your stripes and then pour on the glitter.

I chose this tinsel Martha Stewart glitter cause it was the perfect shade I had in mind AND I thought it might mimic fur. That last part is debatable, but it looks very sparkly!

(Optional) Step 6: Seal your glittered cat with a clear coat of spray paint to keep the glitter from contaminating your house more than it already has. (also not pictured because I like to live dangerously and haven’t done this step yet. It did occur to me that normal people may not to have glitter in every nook and cranny of themselves, their pets, roommates and house itself, so I added it for their convenience.)

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Til Next Time!
RaChil Luke

Comments (1)

  • Lisa

    January 23, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Oh my goodness, this is so cute and clever! I always linger in the paper mache area of my local craft store, but never really know what to do with them. Now I know!!

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