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Halloween Cootie Catchers

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I used to make Cootie Catchers all the time as a kid. I recently introduced my eight year old daughter to them and she is loving them! Cootie catchers are also known as Fortune Tellers. As a child I use to make them out of a plain piece of paper and write different fortunes inside of them.

In this post, I have turned Cootie Catchers into fun Origami Halloween Puppets. If you love Origami as much as we do, check out these other Origami projects...

You start by downloading your FREE Pumpkin Cootie Catcher (download link further down in the post). Print on 8.5x11 regular white paper. Cut out the cootie catcher. Be careful while cutting and try and get as straight of lines as possible. A good cut will help make the folding easier.

Fold the cootie catcher in half both horizontally and unfold. Then fold the cootie catcher vertically and unfold.

Flip it over so the printed so the printed side is facing down. Take the bottom right corner and fold the point into the center. Repeat step on each corner until all four corners are folded.

Flip the cootie catcher again so the printed side is facing down. Take the four corners and fold them into the center again.

Fold the cootie catcher in half vertically and horizontally and unfold.

Slip your fingers under the flaps and open the cootie catcher.

Optional Step: Glue the top sides together and then the bottom sides together. You will no longer be able to open the cootie catcher if you do this but it will help the puppet stay together for kids to play with.

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There you have it! A Pumpkin Cootie Catcher! As promised, I included the FREE printable below. Click on the link to download.

8.5x11 Pumpkin Cootie Catcher
Download PDF • 1.20MB

Don't let the fun stop with the Pumpkin. You can also sign up to become a member of Artsy Kids Zone to receive the entire set of Halloween Cootie Catchers. The best part is that memberships are FREE! Included in the Members Only area is the Vampire, Mummy, Skeleton, Witch and Frankenstein Cootie Catchers. Make all of them for hours of pretend play with you kids!

To assemble these additional Cootie Catchers repeat the steps for the pumpkin. Then glue the arms onto the bodies. You can use Elmer's Glue or a glue stick for this.

The witch cootie catcher also comes with a hat. Glue the hat on top of the witches hair as shown in the picture.

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