Nicole™ Crafts Kitty Kondo Krate & Streamer Toy

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by Ginny Lowe, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Nicole™ Crafts Kitty Kondo Krate & Streamer Toy

Every pretty kitty deserves to curl up in a warm special spot, purr-fectly proportioned for them. Our furry testers gave this cute Kitty Kondo "two paws up"!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Kitty Kondo Krate:
    Step A: Paint the wood crate in your chosen colors. We did one color inside and another outside. (Two coats of paint may be required.) Allow to dry completely.
    Step B: Cut two pieces from your fabric to fit inside your crate. Cut the batting to the same size. Sew the cushion right-sides together, leaving an opening (about three inch) for turning inside out and stuffing. Stuff the batting inside, and sprinkle with lavender or catnip for extra kitty approval. Then use the sewing needle and thread to sew the cushion closed. Tip: Make an additional cushion and place on top of the crate for bunk beds.
    Step C: Use the small saw to cut the scrap piece of wood (or pieces from the wood pallet) so the pieces fit flush against the crate. Wrap jute around the pieces, leaving one inch of the pieces bare at the top and bottom. Hot glue the pieces to one of the crate's edges.
    Step D: Trim the crate as desired with washi tape. Cut four burlap triangle pennants that are 3 inch x 2-1/2 inch each and four pieces of fabric that are each 1/4 inch smaller than the burlap pennants. Glue the fabric on top of the burlap, then drape across the crate's edge. Tie a jute bow and hot glue to one corner of the crate. Decorate the chalkboard heart with the chalk marker and hang it from a corner of the crate. Add some more decorated chalkboard signs to make sure she or he knows the condo is just for him or her.
    Step E: Take the roll of jute and wrap it around your three longest fingers approximately ten times. Cut jute so you are just working with the jute on your fingers. Slide jute off and secure by tying a knot with a six inch piece of jute at the top. Use a 15 inch piece of jute to wrap around the center to secure the tassel together. Tie a knot to finish. Repeat this process to make two more tassels. Glue finished tassels in between the pennants on top edge of crate.
  • 2
    Streamer Toy:
    Step A: Use small saw to cut dowel down to 18 inch. Wrap it with washi tape. Carefully screw an eye hook to one end of the dowel.
    Step B: Cut out two 4 inch wide hearts from the felt and glue a 24 inch piece of suede cord in top center of one heart. Glue the two hearts together. Tip: Before gluing hearts together, put batting between the two hearts and even more catnip and lavender.
    Step C: Glue the feathers together and tie onto the suede cord approximately 7 inch from the felt heart. Continue by sliding the suede cord through the wood bead and tie a knot, then through the eye hook. Tie several knots in remaining suede cord after you secure it to the eye hook.
    Step D: Cut several 24 inch pieces of ribbon from the colors you chose and tie them onto the toy for play. Tip: Store the toy and provide more fun for your kitty at the same time by placing the toy through the top of the crate and allowing the ribbon to dangle through the crate's slats.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:few hours + dry time

Project Supplies

  • •Kitty Kondo Krate:
  • Woodline Works Large Wood Crate, Assorted Acrylic Paints, Several Fabric Pallette Fat Quarters, Nicole™ Crafts 14 inch Wood Loose Pallet, Jute, Poly-Fil Traditional Quilt Batting, Burlap Ribbon in Natural, Sewing Needle & Coordinating Thread, 3-1/2 inch Hanging Chalkboard Hearts, Chalkboard Clothespins with Magnets, Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalk Marker in White & Flat Paint Brush
  • •Streamer Toy:
  • 5/8 inch x 36 inch Wood Dowel, Coordinating CPE The New Image Group 9 inch x 12 inch Felt Sheet, Offray Spool O' Ribbons & Silver Creek Leather Company Cord, Multi Color Feathers, Lara's Crafts New Image Company 3/4 inch Wood Round Beads & Small Eye Screw
  • •Both the Kitty Kondo Krate & Streamer Toy:
  • Coordinating Washi Tape, Small Saw, Scissors, Ruler, Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun, Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks, Catnip and Lavender