A couple of weeks ago my daughter was trying to figure out what to be for Halloween, and it came down to either a black cat or a zombie. Immediately my mind went to a book I wrote in 2003 called Braid Crazy (Chronicle), in which I showed how to get crafty with braids, including a tutorial on braided cat ears. So I cat-braided my daughter’s hair to see if that would inspire her to make a decision. She loved them! And decided that yes, she’ll be a cat, for at least half of the four Halloween festivities she’s got lined up this year. (For the zombie look all you have to do is make 20 braids the night before, unbraid them the following morning, backcomb or tease the top of the newly kinked hair, and spray with hairspray.)

The following is a re-photographed and slightly rewritten version of my book’s “Catty Grrrl” braids. I love that we don’t have to buy any headpieces for my daughter’s costume(s), and that these handmade ears cost only pennies to make. For variations, add a red bow to the base of the left ear for a Hello Kitty look, or round them out into circles and say, “squeak!”

Project originally posted on CRAFT.