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16 Free DIY Cat Christmas Ornaments You Can Create at Home (With Pictures)

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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16 Free DIY Cat Christmas Ornaments You Can Create at Home (With Pictures)

Cats and Christmas have a lot in common. They are both loved by millions of people around the world, they are both associated with love and happiness, and both cats and Christmas can bring joy and comfort to those who are feeling lonely or down. On the other hand, both can be a source of stress for those who are trying to keep everything perfect, and they can both leave a lot of torn-up paper around our houses!

Christmas is a great time to be a cat. Cats enjoy the holiday season just as much as humans do, if not more. They love to play with Christmas trees and decorations, and they love the extra attention they get from family members who are home for the holidays. Cats also enjoy all the holiday food, especially the turkey!

And what’s more festive than making your own Christmas decorations? If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to show off your love of cats this holiday season, look no further than these amazing DIY cat Christmas ornament plans. These easy-to-follow plans will have you creating beautiful, unique ornaments for your tree in no time. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, these plans are sure to please you or make great gifts for others. So, get your supplies and get crafting!

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The 16 DIY Cat Christmas Ornaments

1. Cat Treat Hanging Christmas Gifts by Life Is Sweeter by Design

DIY Cat Christmas Ornament
Image Credit: lifeissweeterbydesign
Materials Needed: Fillable clear ornaments, cat treats, ribbon, and embellishments
Difficulty Level: Beginner

The Christmas season is a time for giving, and what better way to show your cat how much you love them than with a homemade gift? These hanging tree gifts are a great way to show your feline friend some holiday cheer, and they’re also a lot of fun to make! Your cat will be looking at your clear ornament all season long if you fill it with some of their favorite treats and embellish it with stickers. Your cat can enjoy the treats on Christmas morning.

2. Salt Dough Cat Heads by Scathingly Brilliant

DIY salt dough cat ornaments
Image Credit: scathingly-brilliant.blogspot
Materials Needed: Flour, salt, water, paint, ribbon or string, paintbrushes
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Salt dough cat Christmas ornaments are a fun and easy way to add some holiday cheer to your home décor. To make them, you’ll need flour, salt, water, and some patience. The dough is rolled out and cut into shapes, then baked until hard. Once cooled, the ornaments can be painted and decorated however you like.

3. Christmas Ornament with Paw Print by Dukes and Duchesses

Keepsake Pawprint Christmas Ornament
Image By: dukesandduchesses
Materials Needed: Handprint craft kit and a metal tag with letter stamps (optional)
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This Christmas, add a personal touch to your decorations with this easy DIY ornament. All you need is a handprint kit and your cat’s paw! Simply roll out the clay, press your cat’s paw into it, and use a straw to make a hole for hanging. Let the clay dry overnight, then add your cat’s name tag and a ribbon. Your unique ornament will be ready to hang on the tree!

4. Cat Paw Print Salt Dough Ornament by One Little Project

Paw Print Salt Dough Ornaments
Image Credit: onelittleproject
Materials Needed:
Paint, glitter, gold sharpie, ribbon, salt, water, flour, and modge-podge
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This project is a great way to create a keepsake of your cat’s paw print that you can hang on your Christmas tree. The salt dough is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Once you have made the dough, simply press your cat’s paw into it and then bake it. Once it is cooled, you can paint it and add a ribbon for hanging. The glitter brings extra joy and festivity to this fun craft!

5. Glitter Ball Ornament by Erin Reed Makes

Materials Needed: Air-dry clay, glue, clear ball ornaments
Difficulty Level: Beginner

This festive DIY cat glitter ball ornament is a fun and easy way to add some sparkle to your holiday decor! Made from a clear plastic ball and filled with glitter, this ornament is sure to catch the eye of all your holiday guests. Simply glue on a ribbon or string for hanging, and your ornament is ready to dazzle!

6. Cute Cat Butt Christmas Ornament by Orange Bettie

Cat butt Christmas ornament
Image Credit: orangebettie
Materials Needed: Felt, freezer paper, needle, thread, glue, pipe cleaner, polyfill
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Obviously, this ornament isn’t for everyone. You might laugh at these cat butt ornaments if you have a jolly sense of humor and a cat who loves sticking their tail up. A printable template is provided to help guide you in cutting out the ornaments. The project is assembled with glue and stitching, but it could easily be done without sewing.

7. Personalized Wood Slice Ornaments by Inspired by Charm

DIY Wood Slice Photo Ornaments1
Image Credit: inspiredbycharm
Materials Needed: Photos, modge-podge, drill, paintbrush, pencil, and ribbon
Difficulty Level: Medium

These charming DIY cat personalized wood slice ornaments are the perfect addition to your holiday decor! Made from natural wood slices, each ornament is personalized with your cat’s photo These ornaments are simple to make and can be enjoyed for years to come! The only difficult part of this tutorial is drilling the hanging hole in the wood slice, otherwise, this craft is a breeze.

8. Embroidery Hoop Ornaments by Polka Dot Chair

Cat Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments1
Image Credit: polkadotchair
Materials Needed:
Embroidery hoops, black thread, sewing machine, buttons, fabric, and ribbons
Difficulty Level: Medium

These charming ornaments are made using embroidery hoops and some basic embroidery stitches. They are quick to make and are a great way to use up scraps of fabric. It is not the best tutorial for a complete beginner since it assumes you have basic sewing knowledge. That said, it could be completed quickly by anyone who has completed a few sewing projects.

9. Crocheted Cat Gift Box by Complicated Knots

Materials Needed: Crochet hook, yarn, stuffing, safety eyes
Difficulty Level: Medium

Adding this adorable ornament to your Christmas tree is sure to make it a hit. This design is styled to feature big round eyes peeking out of the present box. This heartwarming detail is sure to make this ornament stand out on your tree. You can match the color of your crochet yarn to your cat’s fur. We’ve marked this one as medium difficulty because you will need to be able to crochet—or learn how—in order to complete it.

10. DIY Felt Cat Ornament by Feels Like Home

DIY Felt Cat Ornament by Feels Like Home
Image Credit: Feels Like Home
Materials Needed: Felt, fabric scraps, 4 buttons, embroidery floss & needle, pattern, hot glue gun & glue (optional)
Difficulty Level: Easy

One look at this adorable felt cat Christmas ornament from Feels Like Home will melt your heart. It’s also incredibly easy to make and goes together quickly with only a few tools and materials. The maker also has a link to the pattern you’ll need for this fun ornament, but frankly, if you have basic drawing skills, you should be fine copying it from their website by hand. This is a fun project to make with your children over the holidays and a great gift for friends and family who adore felines.

11. Itty Bitty Crochet Cat Ornament by Thoresby Cottage

Itty Bitty Crochet Cat Ornament by Thoresby Cottage 
Image Credit: Thoresby Cottage
Materials Needed: 2.75mm hook, red and white yard
Difficulty Level: Moderate (Crotchet skills needed)

If a cute Christmas ornament in the shape of a kitty cat is what you want, these plans from Thoresby Cottage will be perfect. They are so adorable that you should probably make a dozen of them to give to all your friends at holiday time! They’re quite small and should be easy and fast to make if you already have crotchet DIY skills. The maker also has the original plans as a link on their website to help you along.

12. DIY Pom-Pom Cat Christmas Ornament from Mindy Hu

Materials Needed: Cardboard, scissors, various colored yarns, hot glue gun & glue, various colors of felt
Difficulty Level: Easy

Although they look like they might be difficult to make because they’re so elaborate, these delightful pom-pom DIY cat Christmas ornaments from Mindy Hu are surprisingly easy to craft. They will take a few minutes each, but you can make several at once to save time. They’re fluffy and round, like their namesake, and you can make them in any color you like. This project is ideal for making with your kids or, if you’re a teacher, your students during the holiday season.

13. DIY Cat Food Can Ornament by Drugstore Divas

DIY Cat Food Can Ornament by Drugstore Divas
Image Credit: Drugstore Divas
Materials Needed: Cat food can (empty), paper, spray paint, chip samples (various colors), scissors, glue, pipe cleaner, drill
Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

As a cat parent, one thing you likely have around is empty cans of cat food. What better way to recycle them than to make DIY cat Christmas ornaments? These easy plans from Drugstore Divas take those old cans and turn them into something fun and frivolous you’ll be glad to hang on your Christmas tree! We’ve marked them as “easy to moderate” because you need to carefully drill a hole through the can to hang the ornament when finished.

14. Grumpy Cat Christmas Ornament by Tubby Paws

Grumpy Cat Christmas Ornament by Tubby Paws
Image Credit: Tubby Paws
Materials Needed: Printer, printer paper, yarn, hole punch, scissors
Difficulty Level: Super easy

While this project is technically a paper craft made to sit on a table or ledge, it can easily be turned into a Christmas ornament with yarn and a hole punch. It’s the venerated Grumpy Cat in all its glory, ready to print out and fold together in a snap! All you do next is print the free, fully-colored pattern, cut it out, fold it up, and glue the edges together. Punch a hole and add the yarn to hang old Grumpy on your Christmas tree for a beautiful, albeit grumpy-looking, ornament this season!

15. DIY Felt Paw Print Ornament by Kunin Felt

DIY Felt Paw Print Ornament by Kunin Felt
Image Credit: Kunin Felt
Materials Needed: Various colors of felt, liquid glue, permanent markers, ribbon, pencil, chipboard, paper, printer, scissors
Difficulty Level: Easy

Kunin Felt, the felt company, gives us the gift of these charming felt cat paw Christmas ornaments using their brand of felt. You can use any felt you like, of course. You can make them in any colors you like, and with a pretty ribbon, you’ll have a unique cat ornament for your tree this year. Our suggestion: make a bunch of these paw print ornaments because everyone you know will want one!

16. Christmas Kitten DIY Felt Ornament by American Felt and Craft

Christmas Kitten DIY Felt Ornament by American Felt and Craft
Image Credit: American Felt and Craft
Materials Needed: Various colors of felt, embroidery thread, red sequins x 3, ribbon
Difficulty Level: Easy

Kittens are always a joy to have around during Christmas, but if you don’t have any, you can now make one to hang on your tree! These ornaments are easy to make with various colors of felt and a handful of other materials you likely have around the house if you’re a craft-centered DIY enthusiast. Like many of the ornaments on our list, this one will be a favorite of your cat-loving friends, family, and neighbors, so be sure to make a few to give them away as presents this year!


In conclusion, these DIY cat Christmas ornament plans are the perfect way to show your love for your feline friend this holiday season. With a little bit of creativity and some basic supplies, you can create a variety of unique and stylish Christmas decorations for your home that will be sure to put a smile on any cat lover’s face. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your holiday crafting today!

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