DIY Wand Cat Toy

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias

DIY cat toy wand easy directions

Barni, with an I, turned six a couple of months ago and I totally forgot to get him anything for his birthday! As a cat mom, I should remember these things. I also maybe thought he was turning four, but then Facebook alerted me to a post from six years ago when he was just a little kitten. Happy 6th birthday it is!

For his late birthday, I decided to spend a Saturday making him a cat wand. With Matt’s help, we knocked it out in two hours. It probably would have taken half the time, but he was trying to find the drill for and I was searching for a hole puncher. I opted for a pencil instead.

DIY cat toy wand playing

DIY Cat Wand Tutorial


  1. One 3/8″x48” wooden dowel (sawed in half)
  2. Foam sheets (I used fall colors – yellow and orange)
  3. Ribbons, Yarn, and/or Bakers twine
  4. Bells (optional)


  1. Dremel Micro 
  2. Scissors
  3. Pencil
  4. Wood glue

DIY cat toy wand materials1) Drill a hole about an inch down from the top to push yarn through. I used my Dremel Micro tool.

DIY cat toy wand materials string in wood hole

2) Cut your yarn double the length of the dowel and set aside. DIY cat toy wand materials string

3) Cut the foam sheets with scissors to make them resemble leaves. I cut three leaves for one cat wand.

DIY Cat Toy wand scissors cur leaves

4) Poke a hole through each of the leaves using a pencil, or if you have one, a mini hole-puncher.

DIY cat toy wand cut leaves hole

5) Using the yarn that you set aside, pull it through the holes in the leaves and tie a knot. Optional: You can tie a bell on at this point, but Barni didn’t like the loud noise it made so we took it off. You can also make a ball of yarn to attach, which we added on later after we removed the bell.

6) Pull the yarn through the hole in the dowel and tie a knot.

DIY cat toy wand glue

7) To make the end look pretty, use a thick ribbon or yarn to wrap around the top and secure with wood glue.

DIY cat toy wand wood glue

8) Let dry 20 minutes, then have some fun with your cat!

DIY cat toy wandsDIY cat wand instructions

I love Barni so of course I want him to eat a well-balanced diet. I was really excited to discover Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food because quality is important to me, as is taste for him. If he’s not going to eat it, I can’t feed it to him. That’s why Muse is such an easy choice! It’s a natural product and great tasting so you’ll feel good about giving it to him and he’ll enjoy eating it. Barni’s favorite varieties are the Natural Salmon Recipe and the Natural Chicken Recipe paté. You could say he’s a paté kind of guy.

Purina Muse Natural Cat Food PetSmart productPurina Muse Natural Cat Food PetSmart cannedpurina muse petsmart cat foodIf your cat is like mine, it’s like clockwork when it’s time to eat and he lets you know. Every afternoon, he will sit next to my computer as I’m working and paw at my wireless mouse until he knocks it off the table. I give in within a few minutes. Can you imagine if adults did that when they were hungry?

About Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food:

  • With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.
  • Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee.
  • Muse wet recipes are available in Chowder, in Broth, with Toppers, in Gravy and Paté.
  • All recipes made with real fish or poultry.
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • 100% complete and balanced for adult cats.
  • Available in 30 delicious recipes.
  • 24 grain-free varieties.
  • Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food is exclusively available at PetSmart.

Purina Muse Natural Cat Food delicious

No photos mom! He scarfs down his food and licks his plate clean.
Purina Muse Natural Cat Food likesEmpty plate Purina Muse Natural Cat Food

Looking to try Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food for your furry friend? Get a coupon here. Stop by your local PetSmart to stock up!

purina muse cat food at petsmartBarni cat

How does your pet let you know when it’s time to eat?

Fall Fashion: Plaid

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone.

#RinseMadeRad #CollectiveBias

fall fashion plaid t shirts style postfall fashion distroyed denim jeans plaidbeach town blonde plaid tshirt styleplaid fall outfit fashionplaid t-shirt fall fashion

I’m a 90’s girl and still remember my first red long-sleeve plaid shirt and Doc Martens knockoffs. The shirt was way too big for me so I would tie the bottom into a knot and pretend I was a Nirvana groupie. I love seeing plaid pop up during the fall season and it’s probably because it takes me back to my tween years, plus, it’s just so cozy!

Since purchasing my new fringe booties, I wear them constantly (see my Summer Romper Fall Transition post) and they go great with plaid shirts and distressed boyfriend jeans. The weather around here has been a little unpredictable lately. One day it’s cold and foggy and the next it’s warm and sunny. I keep one of my plaid shirts rolled up in my purse or tied around my waist for a quick extra layer if needed. At home when the heat’s on full blast, you can find me in my plaid lounge shorts, regardless of the season.

Fall Fashion Plaid t-shirts blue red whitePlaid shorts loungewear

I am big fan of plaid (especially when it’s flannel material), so when I saw the new LISTERINE® bottles, I instantly picked up a couple of the last ones on the shelf. Besides being a useful product, it doubles as decor for your bathroom! The brand has partnered with Target for its Mad for Plaid collection this month. Find the limited-edition bottles of LISTERINE® outfitted in plaid like the ones in this post at Target through October 31.

Something you might not know about me is my mom’s a microbiologist so you KNOW she instilled healthy (bacteria fighting) habits in me at an early age. Hello constant hand washing! LISTERINE®’s bacteria killing power is why I use the product in the morning AND at night before I go to bed. Fresh breath, a healthy mouth, and that super clean feeling thanks to LISTERINE®.

Listerine Zero Mouthwash Rad Plaid bottle Listerine Zero Mouthwash Rad Plaid bottles

About LISTERINE®: Did you know that brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth? I didn’t! Even the best teeth-brushers (like my mama) know it’s so important to floss daily and rinse twice-a-day with LISTERINE® Antiseptic for superior oral health. And of course, the better your oral health is, the less likely you are at having to think about dental implants in the future. By incorporating LISTERINE® mouthwash into your twice-daily routine, you can clean virtually 100% of your mouth. LISTERINE® Antiseptic is the world’s #1 dentist-recommended brand antimicrobial mouthwash, plus it carries the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. To find out more about LISTERINE® Brand products, visit Use product only as directed.

Get your own bottle of plaid LISTERINE® before they’re all gone: Use Target’s Cartwheel app for 10% off between 9/13 – 10/31 here. As you can see below, they’re a hot commodity!

LISTERINE Plaid in Store Target Use Cartwheel App

What is your favorite thing about fall? The clothes, the weather, the food?

shop the look