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DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Our Cats

Our cats are 12 year old sisters and have been with us since they were old enough to be adopted. Neither of them seem to have gotten the message that they are a seniors though. They are always getting into all sorts of mischief and we still have to cat-proof our house. The only thing that surpasses their mischief, however, is their affection. They are the most cuddly cats that I have ever known. So this holiday season I wanted to show them some extra TLC for being our devoted pets for the last 12 years. First, I treated  them with some Fancy Feast Purely, which I was able to purchase during our regular grocery shopping trip at our local QFC. QFC has a nicely stocked pet aisle, so I didn’t need to do an extra stop at the pet store. Fancy Fest Purely comes in several tasty flavors, such as Natural Wild Alaskan Salmon & White Meat Chicken Entrée in a Delicate Broth and Natural White Meat Chicken Entrée in a Delicate Broth. It’s made with real seafood, chicken, or beef and never has any by-products or fillers, so I could feel as good about serving it as our cats felt about eating it.
DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI also bought them some treats, Friskies Party Mix treats, which are crunchy and delicious cat treats that come in a variety of flavors and Whisker Lickin′s cat treats, which come in Crunchy & Yummy and Soft & Delicious. And you can spread holiday love to your furry friends with the help of Purina! Now through the end of November, take advantage of great savings on your favorite Purina pet products available at Kroger with this Coupons.com link, while supplies last.

Of course, they loved both types of treats! Still, I wanted to do a bit more for our cats. And honestly, as they are getting older, they need more encouragement to stay active, so I decided to make them some of their favorite toys.DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Crinkle Toys Make Them Happy

Neither of our cats are sensitive to cat nip, but they both love toys that make sounds. In particular, they love crinkle toys. Both of the crinkle toys I decided to make were super easy to make and only took about 15 minutes each to make.
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Easy Crinkle Pom Pom Cats Toys

The first toy I made was a crinkle pom pom cat toy. To make these you need:

  • Mylar tissue paper (used for gift wrapping)
  • Embroidery floss or other strong thread
  • Paper cutter

Directions:

  • Cut 12 4″x2″ pieces of mylar tissue paper. The easiest way to cut this is to stack several layers of tissue paper together and use you paper cutter to cut them all at once.

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Stack the tissue paper pieces together (you can mix up the colors or keep them all the same color).
  • Fold the entire stack of tissue paper back and forth on the short side like you were making a paper fan (if you fold it on the long side, it will only be able to fold back and forth about four times, but the short side will get about twenty folds)
  • Use your embroidery floss or other strong thread to tie the folded pieces together, by tying the floss around the middle of the stack. Pull the floss tightly. Tie an extra sturdy knot and trim off the ends of the floss.

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Split the pieces of tissue paper in half at the knot, pulling each side away from each other.
  • Starting on one side with the piece of foil that is furthest from the middle, fluff out the tissue paper. Move to the next piece of tissue paper and fluff it. Continue until you have fluffed every piece of tissue paper. Repeat with the other side.
  • Let your feline companion enjoy her new toy!diy-crinkle-cat-toys-12

Easy Crinkly Stuffed Mice Toys

Both cats liked the crinkle pom pom toys so much, I decided to make some stuffed mice with crinkle paper inside. To make these mice, you need:

  • My printable pattern
  • 100% wool felt
  • Embroidery floss or other strong thread
  • Wool stuffing
  • Mylar tissue paper
  • Hot glue gun

Directions:

  • Start off by cutting out all of your felt pieces using my printable pattern. Take the big piece of felt and bend it into a cone shape. Stitch the two sides of the felt together
  • Attach the tail to the felt cone that you just made. (Currently, the side facing outwards will become the inside of the toy, so don’t worry about making this pretty.)

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Stitch the open end of the toy with a loose running stitch. Do not tie off the end of your thread, you will be pulling this thread tight.
  • Turn the mouse inside out so that the tail is now attached to the inside of the mouse.
  • Stuff the mouse with wool stuffing until it is almost full. Add a few small pieces of Mylar tissue paper to the stuffing to make it crinkly.

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

  • Pull the thread on the open end of the mouse tight and this will close the mouse (just like a drawstring bag). Tie the thread and trim the ends.
  • Using your hot glue gun, glue on the ears.
  • Let your feline companion enjoy her new toy!

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsTurning Things Over to You

Want some more inspiration for how you can show your pets some extra love, be sure to check out all the awesome ideas on the Purina website! Have you ever made toys for your pets? I’m finding that handmade pet toys hold up a lot better than the ones that I have bought. How do you pamper your pets at this time of year?

DIY Crinkle Cat Toys | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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