Does your cat like to mess with your Christmas tree and its ornaments? These quick-and-easy ornaments are safe for the cat, and will alert you when the cat messes with the tree.
Step 1: Gather parts
You will need:
-- Some plastic easter egg halves. (Sparkly ones are more ornamental)
-- Some stiff bell wire (a strand of cat-5, or solid-core telephone wire works good)
-- Some small jingle-bells
-- A wire cutters
-- A small drill or push-pin (heating the push pin with a lighter will help you drill the holes)
Step 2: Cutting wire, tying to the bells...
Cut the wire into 3-4" length, one strand for each ornament. Poke the wire through the jingle-bell and twist-tie it on.
Step 3: Drill or poke holes in the Easter Egg...
Using the small drill or a push pin, poke holes in the tops of the Easter Egg halves. Heating the push pin carefully with a match or lighter makes it easier to poke through the halves, and reduces chances of cracking the shell.
Step 4: Threading the bell...
Poke the wire and bell through the shell and pull up snugly.
Step 5: Loop the end...
Loop the end of the wire around a finger, and twist-tie at the base.
Step 6: Hang on tree...
Hang the ornaments on the Christmas tree, towards the bottom of the tree, and on the outer limbs.
Step 7: FINISHED!
All done! Very few ornaments exist that actually encourage your cat to play with them. If you're not wanting your cat to play with the tree, these can alert you when the cat is messing with the tree. You should not hang fragile or dangerous things on the low branches that the cat has access to. (No, our cat doesn't chew on lights or cords, that's why they're in the pictures.) It's interesting for us though, that the cat is less interested in the tree. Probably due more to us watching for her to play with the bells. She likes to be more private with her assaults on the tree.