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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.

Example of the witch, pumpkin, skeleton, vampire, mummy and frankenstein cootie catchers.

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.

example of how to fold cootie Catcher

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

example of how to fold cootie Catcher

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.

example of how to fold cootie Catcher

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

How to fold cootie catcher

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

example of how to slip fingers under the flap

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

Glue top and bottom together.

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!

How To glue the arms on the witch cootie catchers.

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.

How To Glue The Witch Hat on The Witch Cootie Catcher

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

We absolutely adore cootie catchers - those playful paper fortune-telling wonders that bring joy and giggles to young hearts! But wait, there's more to explore! As you revel in the delight of our Halloween Cootie Catchers, be sure to check out these other captivating designs. From magical unicorns to ferocious sharks, our collection has something for everyone. So, grab some paper, scissors, and glue, and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of cootie catchers with these delightful and imaginative designs. Happy folding and may the fortunes always be in your favor!

Witch, Pumpkin, Vampire, Mummy, Skeleton & Frankenstein Cootie Catchers


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