Kitty-safe Christmas Ornaments

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Introduction: Kitty-safe Christmas Ornaments

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.

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    Great idea my mom has six cats and this truly is a cat safe ornament

    I love this idea and it gives me something to do with all those eggs, now that my kids are pretty much to big for hunting them. I have a new kitten this is her first Christmas my older cats just like to sit near or under the tree but she was taking the ornaments (all the plastic or unbreakable ones off as quick as we could put them on. We learned 10 years ago  to put big bells on the bottom) Our cats do like the bells even the big ones.
    Have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

    Thanks!  Got 'em up again on the tree this year.  Hope they work out for you.  Merry Christmas!

    I have and love cats too, and they've broken many ornaments until we decided to start using plushies. This is a great idea and I love the little jingle-bells, it will make my cats very happy :) Thanks for the tip!! I think that I'll try adding some sparks too.

    The bells would make my cats happy, but maybe keep them on the floor... I haven't had a tree in a few years because they kept knocking down my apartment sized (Charlie Brownish) tree.

    the bells shall not make your cat happy, they shall alert u...

    Indeed. Best of both worlds. I mean, if you WANT your cats to mess with the tree, this is probably the safest way to do it. But if you DON'T want them to mess with it, it lets you know they are.

    Exactly! That's why I loved this project. I will send it to all my friends with cats.

    Thanks. This encourages me to do more Instructables.

    I want them as toys for my cats, sometimes I like to spoil them a bit.