How to Make a Christmas Cat Spinner Wand

In all of the gifting during the holidays, don't forget about your furry friends. This holly-themed cat toy is easy to make and will encourage hours of playful interaction.
Christmas Cat Spinner Wand

Christmas Cat Spinner Wand

When planning your holiday gift list, don't forget your favorite kitty. Turn basic craft materials into a Christmas-themed spinner wand that will encourage hours of playtime. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions .

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2" diameter 12" long wooden dowel
  • green acrylic craft paint
  • 1/2" artist's brush
  • light green felt quarter
  • dark green felt quarter
  • red jingle bells
  • green thread
  • all-purpose sewing needle
  • scissors
  • black permanent marker
  • green hemp twine
  • drill with drill bit

Prepare and Paint Dowel

Using a drill equipped with a bit, drill a hole through one end of the 12" dowel (Image 1). Paint dowel with one to two coats of green acrylic craft paint (Image 2) and allow to dry. Tip: Hang dowel by a paperclip threaded through the drilled hole to paint and allow paint to dry.

Draw and Cut Out Leaves

Using a permanent marker, draw holly leaf shapes onto both green felt colors in varying sizes. Cut out drawn leaves just inside the marked lines. Make 5-7 leaves per spinner wand.

Drawing Holly Leaves Onto Green Felt

Drawing Holly Leaves Onto Green Felt

Using a permanent marker, draw holly leaf shapes onto both green felt colors in varying sizes. Cut out drawn leaves just inside the marked lines. Make 5-7 leaves per cat toy spinner wand.

Sew Holly Leaves Together

Pinch together 2-3 holly leaves of varying colors and shapes. Use green thread on an all-purpose sewing needle to secure leaves together at the top (Image 1). Make sure stitch is strong, so leaves aren't easily pulled away during kitty's playtime. Once leaves are secure, use same thread to tack on two red bells, again, making sure they are secure (Image 2). Tie off thread and trim excess. Repeat process to make a second bunch of holly.

Attach Holly to Dowel

Cut a length of hemp twine about 24" long. String end of twine through both bells and tie a knot to secure (Image 1). String on second set of holly and tie knot to secure, leaving 4-5 inches between holly bunches. Thread loose end of hemp twine through hole in dowel then knot securely and cut excess twine (Image 2). Entice your cat to play with the spinner wand by dragging the holly across the ground or spinning it through the air (Images 3 and 4).

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Woodworking projects can be intimidating, but this project is actually easier than you may think. With basic shop materials and dense hardwood, which is the best wood for cutting boards, you'll be able to create a chef-worthy chopping accessory that any foodie would love.

How to Make a Rustic Bread Board

Antique bread boards are a popular collectible but they're often expensive. With basic woodworking skills, you can turn a piece of old or reclaimed wood into a great handmade gift for your favorite foodie or hostess.

How to Make Rolled Paper Roses

Paper flowers fashioned from old book pages, newspaper or brown Kraft paper are a frugal alternative to store-bought ribbons and bows.

How to Make a Trellis Planter

Take your plants vertical with a trellis planter. Use this planter as a focal point or as a privacy screen.

How to Make Wedding Confetti Cones

Adorn wedding reception chairs with these sweet confetti cones so guests can celebrate the bride and groom as they leave for their honeymoon.

How to Make a Tea Bag

Make morning tea extra special with a handmade tea bag filled with a delicious herbal blend and a special love note

How to Make a Homemade Propagator

Learn how easy it is to make a homemade propagator where you can watch your seeds begin to grow.

How to Make Rose Oil and Rose Water

Everything is coming up roses when you know how to capture this intoxicating aroma.

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.

On TV

Island Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Island Life

7am | 6c

Island Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Desert Flippers

1:30pm | 12:30c

Desert Flippers

2:30pm | 1:30c

Desert Flippers

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop Nashville

12:30am | 11:30c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.