Three Purr-ific DIY Cat Jewellery Tutorials

Today’s post was written by freelance blogger Claire Thomas, who describes herself as a mother, crafter and generally insane person, who likes to share her love of cats and jewellery with the world. When she’s not snuggling with her cats and children, she writes for jewellery tool company, listens to slam poetry and watches bad horror movies.

Claire Thomas
Claire Thomas

I love making my own jewellery. There’s something intensely satisfying about crafting delicate pieces and then showing them off to the world. As much as I’d like to pretend I’m some artistic genius, I sometimes lack inspiration. Working off of a tutorial is the perfect way to kick back and craft without straining my “creative muscles”.

Also, I like cats.

Bejeweled Cat Ear Headband

Cat Ear Headband - copyright Why Don’t You Make Me
Cat Ear Headband – copyright Why Don’t You Make Me

While technically not jewellery, this headband is fabulous nonetheless. I’d like to say that hair accessories are making a big comeback and are totally in this season, but I’m no fashionista and god forbid you take me at my word. Regardless, this bejeweled cat ear headband is bound to draw compliments and turn heads. It’s simply adorable!

This headband was a surprisingly quick and easy project. Fashioning the ears, attaching them to the band and applying the rhinestones took all of ten minutes. Waiting for the glue to dry was the hardest part!

What you need:

  • Metal headband
  • 21 gauge wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Spray paint (if your headband doesn’t match the wire) 

Find the instructions at Why Don’t You Make Me

Gilded  Toy Cat Bracelet

Gilded Cat Bracelet - copyright A Common Thead
Gilded Cat Bracelet – copyright A Common Thead

I absolutely love repurposing toys into jewellery! Cheap and easy is always a great way to go, at least for those who, like me, tend to lose jewellery constantly.  I made this gilded kitty bracelet for my sister and it was such a hit in her office that she requested I make more. I told her to make them herself. Ah, sisterhood.

Out of the three projects in this article, this was the most complicated.  Applying gold leaf takes quite a bit of finesse. I recommend buying an extra toy cat and practicing ahead of time.

What You Need:

  • Plastic cats (from toy shop)
  • Gold leaf kit (adhesive, sealer and Gold leaf)
  • Wire
  • Jewellery chain
  • Jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Wire cutters
  • Looping wires

Find the instructions at A Common Thread

Shrinky Dink Cat Earrings

Hands up, who else played with Shrinky Dinks as a child? For some reason it never occurred to me what a marvelous tool Shrinky Dink plastic would be in jewellery making. After I found this tutorial, I went wild! My daughters and I have created a ton of unique pieces that just smack of whimsy. These little kittens are still one of my favorite pairs of earrings.

I don’t have a photo for this project as my camera is broken (thanks to my five year old) and the site the tutorial originates from hasn’t been updated in a while, so I was unable to obtain permission to use her photo.

The difficulty with this project was practically zero. My girls make Shrinky Dink jewellery constantly, needing my guidance only when it’s time to use the oven. Be careful, this simple and creative way to make jewellery can be addictive!

What You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Shrinky Dink Plastic
  • Earring hooks
  • Hole punch
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Jump rings

Find the instructions and the image at The Trendy Fashionista

I hope you enjoy these tutorials as much as I did! Be sure to give lots of love and comments to the original crafters. Now, go forth and make cat jewellery like it’s going out of style.

Not that it ever would.




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