How to Make a Cat Fascinator

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Ribbons and feathers combine to make a shiny, exciting kitty fascinator.
A few shakes and your feathers float and fly.
A wood dowel, feathers, and ribbon add glitz to this kitty project.
Ribbons and feathers combine to make a shiny, exciting kitty fascinator.

Ribbons and feathers combine to make a shiny, exciting kitty fascinator.

Photo: Erika Kern

One of my favorite things about cats it that, like me, they are utterly fascinated by shiny objects. My friends' cat, Max, could spend ages chasing a laser pointer or a piece of ribbon. He would bounce around, run up and down the walls, just basically go nuts! I made this toy with young Max in mind. He would love this thing. . . so shiny with feathers and ribbon and tons of bounce. This thing would drive him mad! In the best way possible, of course. . .

Max, this one's for you.

What you'll need:

  • Ribbons of various widths (I used ribbons with a lot of shine)
  • Fabric glue
  • Feathers
  • Glitter pipe cleaners
  • A wood dowel (I used a 3/8-inch-diameter dowel painted black)

First, cut your ribbon to various lengths. I cut mine between 28 inches and 36 inches in length. Your widest ribbon will be your feathered ribbon.


First, place a 1-inch length of fabric glue on the end of your widest ribbon.

Place three feathers onto the glue.

Fold the ribbon over the feathers.

Wrap a glitter pipe cleaner tightly around the end of the feathers, over the glue.

Repeat these steps on the other end of the ribbon.


Your feather-decked ribbon.

Allow the glue on your feathered ribbon to dry.


Collect all of your ribbons together and tie them onto your dowel using a slip knot.

Wrap a glitter pipe cleaner on either side of your knot to secure it to your dowel and you're done!

Now that your fascinator is done, find a cat and get to fascinating!

Shiny!

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