DIY Craft: Won­der­ful Cat Wand Toy

Mak­ing a wand toy is eas­ier than you think! Here’s the how-to for this de­cep­tively sim­ple, su­per-cute, cat-ap­proved toy!

Modern Cat - - Contents - BY JEN­NIFER NOSEK

Mak­ing a wand toy is eas­ier than you think! Here’s the how-to for this de­cep­tively sim­ple, su­per-cute, cat-ap­proved toy!

STUFF YOU’LL NEED:

Felt (50 cents a square) Leather Cord­ing ($1.49 for 40 inches) Wooden Dowel ($1.15) Glue and a Glue Gun Scis­sors

HOW-TO:

First, get a wooden dowel. A di­am­e­ter of ¼ inch is ideal but any­thing will work pro­vid­ing it won’t snap dur­ing play. We got ours at Home De­pot for $1.15. Have them cut it for you (for free!) to about 30 inches in length. (You can cut it shorter or longer if you wish.) Next we’re go­ing to glue the leather cord­ing to the dowel. Cut around 40 inches of cord­ing. (You can make the length shorter if you wish.) Then get out your glue gun and spread some hot glue around the top inch or so of your dowel. Work­ing quickly, tightly wrap a cou­ple inches of your leather cord­ing around the glued end of your dowel, start­ing at the bot­tom on the glue and work­ing to­wards the top end of the dowel, so that when you fin­ish the rest of the leather cord hangs off the tip of the dowel. Now, cut your felt strips. We made ours a ½ inch wide and 12 inches long and used a to­tal of 16 strips. Use as many or as few strips as you’d like!

Fold each strip in half and cut/poke a tiny hole in the mid­dle of each strip. Thread each strip onto the leather cord­ing, fan­ning them out like a star as you go. Tie a dou­ble knot at the end of the leather cord­ing and you’re done—it’s play­time!

Mod­ern Cat testers Lin­coln and Lyle give this home­made wand toy four paws up!

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