13 Cute DIY Cat Craft Projects & Books

Cat craft project, anyone? We’ve got 13 easy, inexpensive projects and cat crafting books to keep you housebound till Spring:

Crafting with Cat Hair

Cat Craft Projects

Tintin rocket ship cat condo - DIY cat craft
The first project looks more intimidating than it actually is. This rocket ship cat condo is painted in the spirit of Tintin, and it’s made of cardboard, so no special tools are required. »Instructions


paper clay cat ornament craft
This versatile fat feline can be styled as a Tchotchke that sits on a table or mantle, or as a Christmas ornament. He’s easy and inexpensive to make, using a Styrofoam egg as a base. »Instructions


Paper craft cat sculptureThis Ragdoll cat is just one of many cat breeds available for printing and assembly at Canon’s Creative Park. You simply download a PDF pattern and assemble it. Probably easiest for people who are adept at assembling IKEA furniture. »Instructions

Martha Stewart Cat House Craft Project
We love the simplicity of this cat house from Martha Stewart. It doesn’t require much more than a couple of boxes and facility with an Exacto knife. It features two levels and a hole through which your cat can climb from one level to another. »Instructions


DIY cat crafts - sock catThis darling sock cat is easy enough for kids to make with an adult’s help. All you need is a pair of socks, needle/thread, buttons, and filler for stuffing. Instructions


These dressy cats will put a smile on anyone’s face. It’s designed as an easy kids project, but we think it would also be a nice gift for a Crazy Cat Lady friend who needs a smile. The instructions include print-outs and a video tute. »Instructions


Love those Charlotte Olympia cat flats but can’t afford the gazillion dollar price tag? Here’s a DIY version that’s guaranteed to make you purr.

Cat crafts - DIY cat tunnelThis easy-to-sew kitty tunnel can be constructed of material that matches your decor, and it’s lined with fake fur for extra-coziness. (If I were to make it, I might sew re-formed coat-hanger wire or something similar into each end for easy access.) »Instructions

 DIY recycled cardboard cat scratcherThis Design Sponge project can be customized for your home’s colors, and it’s eco-friendly, using recycled cardboard. Added bonus: If you have a plus-sized cat, you can create a plus-sized scratcher. »Instructions


Cat Craft Project Books


Crafting with Cat Hair
Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your CatThis book was both helpful and disappointing. Helpful in that it provides a comprehensive description on how to prepare cat hair for felting and the felting process. However, most of the projects are simply permutations of the same concept. I’d recommend it for learning how to craft with cat hair, but don’t expect spectacular project ideas. »Buy It

Little Felted things cat crafting book
Little Felted Animalsprovides directions and illustrations to create 16 creatures (including cats) with simple needle-felting techniques. It’s a good book for beginning felters, although you should have some artistic experience, since you’ll be creating sculptures. »Buy It

 Sassy Cats cat craft projects
Sassy Cats: Purr-Fect Craft Projects is one of my favorite books. Focused on needlework/quilting projects, the work is exquisite. If you’re a Crazy Cat Lady who is handy with a needle and thread, it’s a must-read. »Buy It

Knit Your own cat craft bookKnit Your Own Cat: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 16 Frisky Felinesis newly-published and looks to be a great book for those adept with knitting needles. Or maybe it’s just that the cover makes me laugh. It features beautiful photos and detailed instructions for 16 cat breeds and colors. »Buy it
So, what project will you start first??

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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for SkeezixTheCat.com. She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. LOKi and Bean says:

    Mom alreddy saved a bunch of thees. The sok kitty looks best becuz a 6-yeer old purrson can doo it. Maebe she can?

  2. Hello, my name is Mindy Sargent, and I’m a project manager for Glimpses by Signify Pink, it’s a crafting and scrapbooking company!
    We have a new collection called “Sit.Stay.Love” for dog and cat lovers!
    We would love to send you some free samples and would love for your team to craft with them and post on your blog and we would post on our blog as well!
    Here is our blog is http://glimpsesbysignifypink.tumblr.com/
    I bet you would love our cat papers and stickers, let me know if you are open to this partnership!
    Mindy by Glimpses by Signify Pink


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