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How to Make a Costume Prop Monocle for Your Cat, Kid, or Costume Party
Learn How to Make a Very Inexpensive Costume Monocle
Why would you want to make a faux monocle for your cat? Is it because you can never get him to wear the fake hook or the eye patch to dress up like a pirate and the peg leg is right out? Well, whatever the reason you have for wanting to make a dress-up monocle for your cat, your kid, or yourself for a Halloween costume party, here are the instructions to make a pretty good-looking and inexpensive photo prop.
Rupert the Cat Is Not Amused, but He Sure Is Cute in His Monocle!
Materials You Will Need:
- Elmer's Glue-All or a similar craft glue
- One sheet of construction paper
- A cylindrical object of the appropriate size
- Plastic Wrap
Choose construction paper of the color you wish the finished monocle to be. The "wetting" effect of the glue will cause the finished monocle to be very slightly darker than the construction paper it is made with so choose your paper accordingly.
For light colored cats, I recommend making a black monocle as it will show up best. For black or dark colored cats I recommend a light grey monocle. For human beings, choose a color that contrasts nicely with the person's skin tone so the prop will look great in photos, even in less-than-perfect lighting.
Cylindrical Objects of the Appropriate Size for Monocle Making
The Construction Base Determines the Size of the Finished Prop
Choose an item like a salt shaker, a contact lens case, or a C battery or a test tube to serve as the construction base. For a larger monocle, such as for a human adult or larger child, you can use a shot glass or a D battery. Anything waterproof, cylindrical, and of the correct diameter should work.
Wrap Cylinder in Plastic Wrap
Wrap whatever cylinder of appropriate size you've chosen in plastic wrap.
Cut Strips of Paper for Faux Monocle
Cut six strips about one eighth of an inch wide from the edge of the construction paper. Precision is unnecessary.
Mix Water and Glue
Mix a few drops of Elmer’s Glue with water, at a ratio of three parts water to one part glue.
Moisten Paper Strip with Glue Water
Dredge one strip of construction paper through the glue and water solution.
Wrap Paper Strips Around Cylinder
Moisten three of the paper strips, one at a time, and wrap them around the plastic-wrapped cylinder of appropriate size, leaving a short "tail" of paper strip sticking off. Set aside the project and allow it to dry for at least an hour.
Step 6: Remove Ring from Cylinder
Remove the monocle ring from the cylinder and bend the paper "tail" back.
Form the Hanging Loop
Step 7: Form the Loop on the Side of the Monocle
Bend the paper tail around into a loop and glue the remainder of the tail to the ring.
Finish Monocle with Remaining Paper Strip
Step 8: Thread the Remaining Long Strip of Paper Through the Loop and Glue in Place
Thread the remaining paper strip through the loop on the side of the ring and glue the ends of it together, forming the "cord" from which the faux monocle hangs. Set it aside to dry for at least an hour and enjoy.
Stick the monocle on the cat of your choice. Do not tape, glue, paperclip, staple, or otherwise affix the monocle to the cat. It is just a photo prop; set it on the cat's face when he is calm and chilling out. Then photograph at will.
A Very Tolerant Model
No animals were harmed in the development of this craft project although one of them may have expressed a bit of embarrassment or distaste a time or two.
Too Much Work? - Pre-Made Dress-Up Prop
If this craft project seems like too much work, this costume monocle will work just as well. But if your kid, kitty, or companion human runs away while wearing it and loses it, you'll have to order another. It's so easy to make the DIY sort you could easily make a half-dozen at a time for replacements.
Following this craft tutorial only makes a cute photo prop monocle; it does nothing to or for eyesight whatsoever.