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.
- 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
- 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.
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).