Well today marks the day that we take our friendship to the next level, because I’m totally about to let my cat lover flag fly high. Not that it’s exactly been hidden all of these years, I mean, my cat Thomas was Mr. December last year for Kelly’s annual fundraising calendar (not to brag or anything). Plus let’s be honest, Taylor Swift is totally make cats cool again after that Diet Coke commercial, right?
Nonetheless, I decided to hop on the Feastivities train with loud and proud with a handmade gift idea for your fellow cat lover loved ones with this DIY cat trinket dish. This one’s for you, Mom! (she’s actually allergic to cats, I just thought that’d make her proud)…
Knead a fistful of the air dry clay in your hands until it softens a bit from the packaging. Next, roll out a piece of the clay that’s about a 1/2 inch thick and just big enough for your cat cookie cutter to have a small border around the edge of the metal.
Press the cookie cutter firmly into the clay and give it a little wiggle while pressing to cut loose the edges. Keep pressing the cutter down and use your other hand to tear away the excess clay from the shape.
Leave the clay to dry for about eight hours while still sitting in the cutter. After it’s sat for a while, you’ll be able to gently push the shape out much easier and it will keep the nice, clean edges that are usually hard to get with handmade clay items.
After it’s fully dried (about 72 hours, or until the clay turns off-white), you can use craft paint to paint it the color of your choice. I chose to stick with white and gold (as is the S&C theme of course) and painted mine white, let it dry, then added little gold dots with a gold leaf pen.
Once it’s completely dry to the touch, wrap it and surprise your favorite cat lover with an inexpensive, handmade gift for Christmas sans the second grade skill level look!
So tell me, what’s the craziest animal related gift you’ve ever made for someone? This one should be interesting! It seemed only fitting to have a DIY gift since Fancy Feast partnered with Refinery 29 to curate a whole Feastivities Gift Guide for 2014. Go big, or go home, you know?
This post is sponsored by (the brand behind the one and only wet food Thomas will eat, Gravy Lover’s. Not joking.) Fancy Feast’s Feastivities.com holiday campaign. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Sugar & Cloth running and bringing you bigger and better DIY’s!