Cat toys are a great way to give indoor cats exercise and mental stimulation. We'll show you just how easy it is to create your own DIY cat toy with a dowel rod, wood beads and felt. Fill feather-shaped felt cutouts with catnip, then add wood beads, small bells and other accessories for the ultimate homemade cat toy.
Start by firing up your printer to print out the free, downloadable feather template. Cut out the template, then trace the shape onto a piece of wool felt. Trace and cut out a total of six feather shapes; if you're using different colors, you'll need two feather shapes of each color.
Layer two felt feathers together and clip notches around edges to create a more distinct feather shape. Glue around the perimeter of the bottom feather, leaving a small opening at the top, and place top feather on top; this will create a feather-shaped little pocket. Repeat with all of the felt feathers, creating three total feather-shaped pockets, then give the glue time to dry. Once the glue is dried, use the miniature funnel to fill each feather-shaped pocket with catnip. Close up each feather-shaped pocket with glue and let them dry.
Embellish each feather using a needle and colorful embroidery floss.Thread the needle with the embroidery floss and knot one end, then use a simple running stitch around the edge of each feather to enclose the catnip more securely and to add extra embellishment.
String the finished feathers, bells, and wood beads on to a length of heavy, natural twine. We used a large-eye sewing needle to thread the heavy, natural twine through the felt feathers. To attach the the full length of twine to the dowel, drill a small hole near one end of the dowel, then string one end of the twine through the hole and tie it into place. When the twine is secure, your homemade cat toy is ready for your kitty to play with!
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