DIY | CAT TEA BAGS

Five more days until Christmas and I am beyond excited to finally get some time off!

A lot of the time people get stressed out with gift giving and planning but I think it’s important to take a step back and to be thankful for all that you have and the ultimate thing during this holiday time is to spend it with the ones you care about. No one’s going to care about that one forgotten or dud gift. It’s really the thought that counts and creating new experiences.

Now, if you DO want to get someone a gift, a homemade one is always a thousand times better than a store bought one (well unless its a computer… I’m not talented enough to put one of those together even for myself!). This DIY in particular is for my cat-crazy-tea-lovers (I think you’ll know who you are so I’m sorry in advance for spoiling part of your Christmas surprise). Read on to see how I made these adorable cat shaped tea bags out of coffee filters!

TIME

Prepare to spend half a day if you have supplies and a sewing machine on hand. If you’re brave enough to attempt with hand sewing, I recommend allowing yourself more time. I made 3 dozen in about 3-4 hours.

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DIY | RHINESTONE CAT EARS

Wearing:: Joe Fresh Sweater

I’m super excited to wear these out for Halloween, but I’d probably where them to school on a normal day, because I’m just that cool. I saw them on the cover Nylon Magazine and knew I wanted my own pair, finally tracking them down on the ASOS website, only to find out they were sold out; it was time to put my DIY skills to use (as mentioned here)! They’re super easy to make and sure to look adorable with any outfit you pair it with. You can still get the pearl version of this on the ASOS website, but personally, I’m more of a rhinestone and sparkles person. I’m kinda of like a magpie….anyways, continue reading for instructions!

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Materials:

  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Plain silver headband
  • 24 gauge beading wire
  • 12 gauge aluminum wire
  • Rhinestones
  • Permanent marker (not shown)
  • Glue gun (not shown)

I was able to find all my supplies, minus the headband from my local craft store (aka Michaels). I found the headband in my accessories pile, but if you’re not able to find them at a craftstore or Dollarama, you can try Etsy.

Steps:

  1. Cut two pieces of 12 gauge wire for the ears
  2. Bend these pieces to your desired cat ear shape
  3. Mark where you want them to go on the headband
  4. Bend the ends into loops and cut the excess off
  5. Take the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the ear frame pieces to secure it to the headband, use pliers to help you.
  6. Disassemble your rhinestone chain (if you have singular rhinestones, skip this step)
  7. Layout where you want the rhinestones
  8. Take your glue gun and glue the rhinestones on. It’s not an ideal solution, but hey, if you’re handy with a soldering iron, go ahead and do that, it’ll be more secure.
  9. Wear them out, you’re DONE!

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