How to Make a Catnip Cat Teaser

Learn how to assemble a stick-and-string cat toy that will keep you and your kitty companion occupied for hours.

Skill Level



1-4 hours

Skill level
1-4 hours
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

In this project, learn how to assemble a stick-and-string cat toy that will keep you and your kitty companion occupied for hours. First, we’ll show you how to make the fishing rod, then we’ll move on to the most important part: assembling an irresistible catnip-filled fish. When you’re done, cast a line to reel in the cutest catch of the day.

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Step 1: Measure where your hole will go

Measure ½ in. / 12 mm. from one end of the dowel and use a pencil to mark the measurement.

Step 2: Drill a hole

Use your drill or rotary tool and a ⅛ in. bit to drill a hole through the dowel at the ½ in. / 12 mm. mark. Set aside.

Step 3: Cut the cord

Cut a 50 in. / 127 cm. length of macrame cord.

Step 4: Add the cord

Push one end of the macrame cord through the hole in the dowel.
Once the cord is through the hole, tie a knot close to the end of the cord so it’s secured on the dowel. Set aside. Tip: Use a twisting motion to help push the cord through the hole. If needed, you can also use a large plastic embroidery needle.

Step 5: Create your fish template

Now it’s time to start making your fish. To begin, draw a simple fish shape on the kraft paper to create a template. We recommend that your template measures at least 4 in. x 2.5 in. / 10 cm. x 6 cm. Next, cut out your template.

Step 6: Trace template onto two pieces of felt and cut

Trace your template onto two pieces of felt. Cut out the felt fish shapes so you have two identical pieces.

Step 7: Anchor the cord

Use a hot glue gun to place a dot of glue on one of the fish shapes, near where the mouth would be. Adhere the end of your macrame cord to the glue and let dry.

Step 8: Sew your fish

When glue is dry, place your second felt fish piece over the piece with glue, so they line up. Sew the pieces together using a whipstitch. Be sure to leave at least a 1 in. / 12 mm. opening so you can pour in the catnip.

Step 9: Add the catnip

Fill the fish with as much catnip as you can. Don’t be shy... your cat will thank you! When the fish is all filled up, use the needle and thread to close the opening.

Step 10: Add some pizazz

Now it’s time to decorate! Use washi tape and acrylic paint to decorate the end of the fishing pole. Next, sew two X’s for the eyes of the fish. Finish with tassels for even more tantalizing fun.
Now it’s time to practice your cast, so you can play catch and release your kitty. Have fun!

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