Handmade Cat Ornament for a Friend

 

Finished Bruiser in heaven ornament 1

As much as I love craft magazines, for whatever reason, I don’t think I have ever made anything I saw in a magazine.  Recently, however, I purchased this year’s Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts because it featured an ornament I wanted to make.

Snowman tart tin ornament - the inspiration

Snowman tart tin ornament – the inspiration

I love this ornament because it has a sweet, vintage feel about it.  I had a bunch of mini tart tins that I had gotten from a fellow eBay seller, Sherri.  I wanted to make this ornament for her as a “thank you” for giving me the tins.  But for whatever reason, I had the hardest time finding the right type of mini Christmas tree that was the same look and size as the one featured in the magazine.  At the same time, I was mulling over another ornament idea.

Sherri’s kitty cat, Bruiser, died last year, and I thought it might be nice to make her an ornament featuring her Bruiser instead of a snowman, so I went hunting for just the right small cat figurine that could stand in for Bruiser, who was a Russian Blue breed, which is actually gray in color.  I finally found a Schleich toy gray cat on eBay that was the closest thing to a Russian Blue.  I also really liked his pose – a little proud, maybe haughty, even :0)

Schleich gray cat - "Bruiser."  Photo courtesy of mak.bg.

Schleich gray cat – “Bruiser.” Photo courtesy of mak.bg.

I wanted to make an ornament featuring Bruiser in cat heaven, so the first thing I did was make him a halo out of 32 gauge wire that I glittered with white glitter “snow.”

Halo covered with glitter "snow"

Halo covered with glitter “snow”

Wire halo glued to back of cat's head

Wire halo glued to back of cat’s head

I also thought it would be humorous if he got all tangled up in Christmas tree lights, like a lot of cats do. I happened to have some mini fake tree lights that I had purchased as part of a lot of mini Christmas doodads from the Salvation Army a number of years ago.  (Every time I come across a bunch of minis sold as a lot at a thrift store/estate sale/flea market, I grab it to add to my craft stash.)

Bruiser covered with Christmas tree lights.  He's really an angel :0)

Bruiser covered with Christmas tree lights. He’s really an angel :0)

For the tart tin base, I lined it with a piece of green dry floral foam and layered a piece of foam core board on top of it to provide some elevation.

Tart tin lined with green dry floral foam

Tart tin lined with green dry floral foam

Foam core board layered over dry floral foam

Foam core board layered over dry floral foam.  I created a small hole in the foam for the tree.

I covered the stacked foam with a piece of white felt.

White felt layered over foam pieces.  I cut a slit over the hole for the tree.

White felt layered over foam pieces. I cut a slit over the hole for the tree.

Next, I inserted a mini snow-covered pine tree that I had purchased as part of a pack of minis.

Fake snowy pine trees

Fake snowy pine trees

I glued on a piece of silver chenille stem that I had trimmed to size.

Adding tree and silver chenille stem

Adding tree and silver chenille stem

I took some gold tinsel garland I had in my stash, cut it into small pieces, and glued them all around the perimeter of the tart tin to fill in the gaps.

Gold tinsel garland

Gold tinsel garland

Filling in gaps with gold tinsel garland

Filling in gaps with gold tinsel garland

Since I always see images of cats chasing butterflies, I thought I’d add a few butterflies to the ornament. Using my Martha Stewart butterflies paper punch, I punched a strip of butterflies out of gray cardstock.

Punched out strip of flying butterflies

Punched out strip of flying butterflies

I cut out some of the butterflies individually.

Individual butterflies all cut out

Individual butterflies all cut out

I glittered three of the butterflies and glued them to the chenille stem.

Adding snow glittered butterflies

Adding snow glittered butterflies

I know butterflies in winter seems like a contradiction of sorts, but hey, this is kitty cat heaven we’re talking about :0)

I glued Bruiser on to the ornament and added some glitter snow to him.

Gittered cat

I decided to top off the Christmas tree with a little bird that I removed from an old, broken wooden music box that I had purchased from SCRAP, a local source for discarded and donated materials.

Old broken music box

Old broken music box

Bird topped Christmas tree

Bird topped Christmas tree

I added more glitter to the bird, glued a “Bruiser” label to the ornament, and the ornament was done!

Finished Bruiser in heaven ornament 1

Bruiser in heaven ornament back view

It turned out a lot nicer than I thought it would.  I couldn’t wait to give it to Sherri as a surprise.

Sherri with her ornament and photo of Bruiser

Sherri with her ornament and photo of Bruiser

I hope the ornament brings back some fond memories of Bruiser for Sherri :0)

Have you made any Christmas ornaments this year?  What have you been working on?  Please share in the comments.

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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