Saturday, January 25, 2014

Red Valentine Jewelry (Made From Cat Toys)



You know what's fun to do in January?  Buy super cheap discounted Christmas stuff in red-and-green...fer example, I got these kitty balls for 97 cents...


...then set aside the greens for later, and make Valentine crafts with the reds!



Do you like red and black for Valentine's Day?  I do - seems somehow more hip than pink.  (Not that there's anything wrong with pink.)  I made these cuties in just a few minutes, with no tools needed!




Ready to DIY?  Let's start with the cocktail ring.  You need a kitty ball, a ring blank and some skinny ribbon.


I used a little bit of craft wire as a needle, to help guide the ribbon where it needed to go.


Thread the ribbon through two holes in the ring blank, then up through the kitty ball.


Tip: it may take a couple of tries before you feel you've found the right holes in the kitty ball - just experiment a bit until they seem about right.  It doesn't need to be exactly symmetrical!  I actually prefer the look with a slightly off-center ribbon.


Tie a leetle bow!  Trim the ends.



Wear your kitty ball proudly!


Now the necklace - another very easy one.  I used some light plastic chain, which comes with its own linkers.  (Of course you can use ordinary chain and jump rings instead.)





First I connected two lengths, because I wanted a longer chain.




Then I used two more linkers to connect the chain to a couple of spots on the kitty ball.





That's pretty cute right there, eh?



But if you like, tie a little bow as follows:



Gosh, I love these!



I'll post something with the green kitty balls sometime in the near future.  Green for springtime.  Is it almost here?



11 comments:

  1. How cute! Have the kitties been following you around?

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  2. I love the idea of tying the ring blank to the ball using ribbon, so much better than gluing it

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  3. How fun! Way to make good use of a leeetle after holiday special!!

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  4. Waoo.. too big as a ring but too good as a necklace :) Enjoy!!

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  5. I love the necklace. :)
    Sakura

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  6. Did you say cat toys and Valentines? I could not love them more. Kitty will be all over this.

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  7. Don't know which I prefer... the necklace or the ring? They're both cool and fun and eclectic! Just like you, in fact. :)

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  8. Multi-purpose holidaying...Green for St Paddy's Day

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  9. Love this idea, you could even make dangle earrings to match. Also either color would work for Christmas jewellry. ;)

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