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How to Throw a Birthday Party for a Cat

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Wondering how to throw a birthday party for your cat? I spent way too much time making party decorations for my cat’s birthday, and I’m sharing all about how I used my Cricut machine to make them! Because if you don’t go over the top for your pets, can you even call yourself a pet parent? This post is sponsored by Cricut and originally appeared on bybrittanygoldwyn.com.

How to throw a birthday party for a cat—4 fun DIYs!

Alright so if this is your first time at my blog, I have to make sure I get this out there now: I love my cats. They are both rescue cats from Washington Animal Rescue League (now the Humane Rescue Alliance). We got Henry from a WARL adoption van parked on 14th street in DC, and we got Blanche about 8 months later from the shelter itself.

She is our special baby girl. I wrote about her health issues in this post about her stomatitis a few years ago. She was pretty much sick in one way or the other from birth to 3, but she has been doing great the last few years.

I have done quite a few posts with cat DIYs—our DIY cat condo using Ikea tables, DIY cat tree made of real branches, little catnip treats, DIY cat house side table, and simple DIY cat scratching post. And we do something special for each kitty on their birthday every year. Here are a few pics of years past:

cat eating shrimp from around a candle
cat eating tuna with a candle for her birthday
cat eating shrimp from around a candlestick

4 DIYs to help you throw a birthday party for a cat

Now that you all think I’m insane, I should tell you that this post takes cat birthday parties to a totally different level. Because today I’m sharing 4 Cricut crafts to help you throw a birthday party for your cat! Because really, cats deserve parties.

DIY #1: How do I make a party hat for my cat?

What party is complete without a party hat? You can make an easy party hat for your kitty using felt. Cricut’s felt is a great way to make a party hat because it’s a bit stiffer than regular felt. I used some I had left over from making rugs for Ramona’s dollhouse.

Here’s what you need:

Step 1: Cut the felt

First put felt on the cutting mat and cut it out with your Cricut. The template can be scaled down to cat-size. I scaled mine down to about 3.5 inches by about 5.5 inches. This template is also nice because it cuts out a slit and a flap you can use to create the party hat cone.

When cutting felt, I also like to use a bit of painter’s tape to hold it in place. This isn’t always necessary and depends a lot on how sticky your mat is. But if you want to get some more use out of your mat, this is a great trick!

cutting a shape for a little cat party hat
cutting a shape for a little cat party hat

Step 2: Glue the fabric into the slit

I did not feel like the flap and slit were strong enough to hold by themselves, so I added a bit of fabric glue. This is optional depending on how sturdy you want the hat to be and the material you use. You probably wouldn’t need glue with a paper hat.

Step 3: Glue a poof ball on

And finally I grabbed a poof ball from my daughter’s craft drawer and glued that on top! I didn’t add elastic to the hat because, let’s be honest, that probably would have freaked Blanche out. Instead, I let her get nice and comfy and sat it on her head.

little party hat for a cat

Blanche’s finished party hat

I’m going to be honest—Henry would have never let this happen. He HATES when we put things on him. But Blanche? She’ll sit with things on her for an absurd amount of time. Recently Ramona “decorated” Blanche while she was laying on the couch by covering her in stickers.

cat in a little felt party hat
She’s more excited than she looks.

DIY #2: How to make cat masks

The next DIY is about how to make cat masks—the party kind, not the kind we’re all wearing these days. I really made these for Ramona. She has a little jungle animal mask set that she loves, and she has been asking to make a cat mask for a while.

Here’s what you need:

Step 1: Cut the masks out

Use your machine to cut out the shape of the mask in black kraft board. I love kraft board because it’s much more substantial than paper, so it’s great for crafts like these. I even used it instead of wood for some of the trim in Ramona’s dollhouse.

Cricut machine cutting black kraft board
DIY cat party mask cut out using a Cricut machine

Step 2: Cut the cat lashes and dots out

The next step is to cut the lashes and whisker dots out using holographic vinyl. I love the contrast between the pink/purple/blue holographic material and the matte black. I did not use transfer tape for the lashes, but I did use it for the whisker dots.

adding holographic vinyl to the DIY cat party mask
adding holographic vinyl to the DIY cat party mask

Step 3: Glue a popsicle sticks on

I opted to glue a popsicle stick on instead of using elastic. I just glued the popsicle stick onto the back-right side of each mask. If you’d prefer to do elastic, make sure to add two tiny circles into the mask in Design Space so the machine can cut the elastic holes for you!

adding holographic vinyl to the DIY cat party mask
gluing the popsicle stick to the DIY cat mask

Finished cat party masks

And here are the finished masks! I can tell that Ramona is going to be playing with these for a while. 🙂 No word yet on what Blanche thinks of them, but I’m guessing she thinks it’s weird. I would definitely think it were weird if I showed up to a party and my cats were all wearing human masks.

DIY cat mask for a cat birthday party
DIY cat masks for a cat birthday party

Want more party inspiration? Check out my post about how to make a balloon garland, as well as how to make scrapbook paper and yarn pom-pom party hats!

DIY #3: DIY party banner for a cat birthday party

The third DIY of the bunch is Blanche’s adorable party banner. Can she read? No. Do I care? Also no. Let’s be honest, most of this is for my daughter anyway, and she was simply delighted with the banner! This one coordinates nicely with the masks.

Here’s what you need:

Step 1: Cut the fish pieces

I spent way too long looking for the perfect fish shape in Design Space. And I think I found it! Isn’t is cute? I sized the fish to be about 5.8 inches wide to ensure the letters were big enough to read easily. Adding in the circles for the holes means that stringing this up is really easy, too.

When removing items like these, especially kraft board, I don’t peel the cut item off of the mat. This can result in it bending and warping a bit. Instead, I pull off the negative material (first photo below). Then I curl the mat itself away from the cut material and let it slowly pop off (second photo below).

black paper fish cut out using a Cricut machine
black paper fish cut out using a Cricut machine

Step 2: Cut and apply the holographic vinyl

Next cut out the letters for your cat’s name. I used the font “Rubber Ducky” in Design Space. I did not need transfer tape to apply these—just put them on like stickers.

Black paper fish with letters on them
Black paper fish with letters on them

Step 3: String and hang

Next string some twine through the holes in each of the fish shapes and hang! It’s adorable. I paired it with a little tassel banner I saved from Ramona’s 3rd birthday. 🙂

Black paper fish with letters on them to make a party banner
Black paper fish with letters on them to make a party banner

DIY #4: DIY cake topper for your cat’s birthday party

And finally, what’s a party without a cake? In this case it’s a little cat food “cake,” but I had to add a cake topper. And it’s a mouse! It’s so cute! Here’s how to make it. (By the way, here are two other cake toppers I’ve made for human cakes: DIY cake topper using the Cricut Maker and DIY wooden painted cake topper for a first birthday party.)

Here’s what you need:

Step 1: Cut the base shape out of kraft board

First cut the base shape of the mouse out of black kraft board. This is the same process as the cat mask and the fish banner—you can use either the Maker or the Explore Air 2. This material is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I am not super in to paper crafting, but this material is so versatile.

mouse shape for the DIY cake topper

Step 2: Cut and apply holographic accents

Next cut out the holographic vinyl accents: the ear, nose, and tail. I applied all of these by hand and did not use transfer tape. The tail was a bit tricky, but it’s okay—it doesn’t have to be totally perfect. I also added the “7” because that’s how old my biggest girl is going to be!

adding the holographic vinyl to the DIY cake topper
adding the holographic vinyl to the DIY cake topper

Step 3: Add toothpick to the cake topper

Use a bit of glue and add the toothpick to the back of the mouse cake topper. This is enough to stick it down into the top of some cat food.

adding the toothpick to the DIY cake topper

And here’s the finished DIY cake topper for my cat’s birthday!

Guys…isn’t this adorable? Since Blanche is on a prescription food and will NOT eat wet food, I forgot how bad this stuff smells! I was hoping that getting the really gross flaky tuna food would be appealing for her since she loves canned tuna, but Henry mostly chowed down on it. Lucky Henry.

DIY cake topper for a cat birthday party

It’s party time!

One Saturday when Mike was working, we decided to have BB’s “birthday party.” Since we don’t know when her or Henry’s real birthdays are, we just kind of ballpark it. I mean, they’re cats. Ramona loved it all, though—especially the masks!

DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
how to make a birthday party hat for a cat
DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday
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DIY birthday party decor for a cat's birthday

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