Thursday, 24 December 2020

Crafting With Cats ~ Part XXI ~ Catmas Special ~ How We Made Our Furry Own Epically Epic Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments

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 Supurr Festive Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks for joining us for Part XXI of our Crafting with Cats segment. Mew know we have so much fun making all this fun stuff for feline enrichment, and we hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too. 

If mew missed any of our previous CWC posts, stop by the Crafting with Cats Page and see all our previous projects, and mew don't have to be an expert in anything to make any of them.  Plus we offer workarounds and no-sew projects for those who don't like to sew.

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In today's Crafting with Cats, we're making the only Catmas tree mew'll ever need: 

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments

Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments

What We Used:

One x Road Cone 750mm or  29.5" high

Sisal rope ~ we used 60 m x 6mm or 196ft in black

Faux fur for bottom ~ we used dark green

Felt squares ~ we used red, white and green

Velcro tape ~ we used black

Ribbons for trim

stuffing/wadding

Optional sparkly pom poms

Catnip ~ organic homegrown extra-strong primo quality

scissors, non-toxic glue/glue gun, cotton thread, sewing machine, or needle

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Optional Cat ~ Smooch was today's Craft Room Snoopervisor

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Snoopervisor Smooch


Let's Get Started on The Tree

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Steps 1 to 4

1. - 4. Get a road cone, we purchased ours from Amazon, and it cost £14.99. We placed it on a lazy-susan turntable which made it much easier to glue the sisal rope in place. Just glue a few centimetres/inches at a time until the entire cone is covered as above. This cone is 750 mm or 29.5" high and took approx 60 metres or 196 ft of rope. It did take a while to glue as mew can imagine, but it looks purretty nifty when done. Leave the last couple of metres/6ft or so until mew'ved finished steps 5 to 11.

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Steps 5 to 8

5. Take your faux fur and cut to size, leaving enough to finish underneath.

6. Measure the circumference at the base of the cone; ours is approx 90 cm or 35.4".

7.  Draw the same size circle in the middle of the faux fur.

8. Cut out the hole, and mew should have something that looks like this.

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Steps 9 to 12

9. Check that is fits properly, tucking it under the rope.

10. We used regular non-toxic PVA glue for this stage and coated the entire base in a thick layer.

11. Place the faux fur in situ and gently press onto the glue. Leave to dry and then glue the edges to the underside to finish. Finally, glue the last part of the sisal rope to finish off, we stuck ours to the faux fur and the rope above to make sure it was secure.

12. Mew should now have a finished Catmas Tree Scratcher, that looks something like this.

Let's Decorate The Tree

The Catnip Star Tree Topper

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Catnip Star

1. We created a simple 4 point design with a longer point at the bottom, so it can be stuffed into the top of the tree, but still easily pulled out.

2. Cut 2 pieces in your chosen fabric and stitch around the edge, leaving a small gap for stuffing and catnip.

3. BBHQ epically epic catnip.

4. Sew up the gap, and mew should have something that looks like this.

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Snoopervisor Pandora

Pandora came to snoopervise at this point and to also do a bit of quality control! MOL

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 The Velcro Catnip Ornaments 

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments - Catnip Ornaments

1. We chose a basic square for a pressie, a shaped bauble and a bell for our catnip ornaments, but mew could make anything mew like. In fact, check out last years Catmas toy selection for inspiration.

2. Hot glue the soft-side of the velcro to the back of each toy 

3.  Decorate with ribbon. Stitch together and follow the steps for the Catmas Star.

4. Hot glue the rough/scratchy side of the velcro to the tree, attach the toy and repeat until mew have made all your catnip decorations. 

And mew should have something that looks like this...

Isn't it epically epic?

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Velcro Catnip Ornaments

We added a few red and green sparkly pom-poms, we glued velcro on to those too and attached to the tree.

It's supurr sturdy too, so don't worry about it toppling over, as it has a nice weight to it.


So what did we think to our special Catmas Tree? 

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Fudge

Fudge went straight for the star, Parsley and Melvyn also really enjoyed it.

Catmas Crafting with Cats Special ©BionicBasil® Catmas Tree Scratcher with Fudge Parsley & Melvyn

Stop by our Instagram account as we'll be posting the video's there and mew can see just how much we love our tree and what fun we're having with it.

In all honesty, this project turned out so much better than we could have ever imagined and for all those kitties being yelled at for climbing real Catmas trees, get your staff to make mew one of these, and mew can pull the ornaments off to your heart's content, climb it, scratch it, steal the star and generally be as naughty as mew like and it doesn't matter a hoot!

We think it's one of the best things we've ever made, what do mew guys think?


Health and Safety

Here at BBHQ, toys with pom poms on are only available to The B Team when the P.A. is snoopervising the play session.

Use pom pom toys under supervision only.  

Or mew can just make the Catmas Tree Scratcher without the pom poms.  If your kitty is a total heathen toy destroyer, definitely make it without the pom poms! 

Mew should regularly check shop bought toys too, and throw away anything that is damaged, broken or defective.


And that furiends furry sadly brings us to the end of our twenty-furst Crafting with Cats post, we do hope mew liked it, and if mew decide to make your furry own Catmas Tree Scratcher, we'd love to see, so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:


So we'll sign off on this bright and breezy Catmas Eve, and we'll be here tomorrow to wish mew all a totally splendid Catmas!

In the meantime

Keep calm and have a niptini, well it is almost Catmas! MOL

Festive purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team







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16 comments:

  1. You are very, very clever and that looks wonderful!

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  2. The PA is very talented, and your new Catmas tree looks lovely.

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  3. Hey B-Team sweeties, thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop! Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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  4. That is an amazing holiday scratcher, you're so creative and innovative! Love it!!! Happy Holidays all.

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  5. So crafty and brilliant. Wow, I'm impressed.

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  6. Wowwzers! We want one of those! I wonder if we asked now if one would be under the tree tomorrow! Our family wishes you love, joy, and peace … today, tomorrow, and always!
    Purrs
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

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  7. You're so creative ! It's the coolest Christmas tree we've ever seen ! Merry Christmas to you all ! Purrs

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  8. Best ever cat scratcher! Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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  9. If that isnt the biggest Epic Scratcher EVER! WANT ONE DAD! Love it
    Have a safe and Meowy Christmas Friends
    Timmy and Family

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  10. We love your crafty catmas tree. Have a merry catmas and hope you get lots of stuff.

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  11. The Instagram videos are very funny. Merry Christmas!

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  12. That is truly epic and so creative. I hope Santa is good to you all. XO

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  13. Oh, MY!! Hubby works for traffic control, we bet he could get all kinds of those con es, MOL!

    Pipo was an avid scratcher...he would have loved this tree!

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  14. That scratcher looks AMAZIN'! I'm gonna need one of those, for sure. MOUSES!

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  15. OH. My. GOD!!! This is totally epic!!!!!

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