DIY Catnip Toy – Felted Easter Cat Toys

Learn how to make your own DIY catnip toy. These needle felted wool cat toys are a fun felting project that are easy to make. Make a marshmallow bunny Peep and Easter egg cat toy, perfect for springtime and Easter.

Yellow, purple, and pink needle felted bunny peeps made of wool and a white cat with black and grey spots playing with the purple bunny. Title says "DIY Catnip Toy - Felted Peep"
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I don’t do as much needle felting these days, but I couldn’t resist making these adorable catnip toys. I personally am a huge fan of Peeps so when I saw these made in a felting group I’m part of, I just had to share them. Then I paired it with two different styles of felted Easter egg toys. These felted wool cat toys are a great first project if you’re just starting to learn how to needle felt.

You also don’t even need to stuff them with catnip. If you simply leave them unstuffed, this craft makes for super cute springtime and Easter decorations.

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Materials for Peep Handmade Felted Cat Toys

  • Wool
  • Felting Needle
  • Foam Block
  • Peep Cookie Cutter
  • Catnip (This is the type we got our cat and he goes crazy for it)

(If you’re new to needle felting, I recommend getting a needle felting kit as you’ll get the wool, needle, and foam block all in one)

You’ll do all of the needle felting on top of the foam block so place that on the table. Then place the Peep cookie cutter on top of the foam.

Pull off some wool and place it across the cookie cutter.

Purple wool placed on top of a cookie cutter in the shape of a marshmallow peep. The cookie cutter is on top of a black foam block

Add a layer of wool in the opposite direction. Then take a felting needle and poke the wool inside of the cookie cutter. Be sure to carefully stab all along the inside edge – this will help define the shape.

Using a felting needle to poke into purple wool inside of a cookie cutter in the shape of a marshmallow peep

Add more layers of wool and poke it with the needle until you can no longer see through the wool. In total for my cat toy, I had four layers for this bottom half. Two going up and down and two side to side.

Tip: Be sure to not poke the needle too far, otherwise you’ll felt the wool into the foam. Check this isn’t happening by occasionally lifting the wool off of the mat. Then flip it over and place it back inside the cookie cutter.

Needle felted first layer of a purple wool DIY catnip toy

Once you have the bottom half complete, fill it with catnip. Keep it in the middle of the felt cat toy so that it doesn’t poke through the edge.

Tip: Felt the center of the toy more than the edges so that you create an indent to add the catnip.

Filling a felted purple DIY catnip toy with catnip

Cover the catnip with more layers of wool. Use the felting needle to felt the wool, just as with the first layer. Again, add layers until you can no longer see the catnip through the wool.

Needle felting purple wool over a catnip filled toy being made inside of a cookie cutter in the shape of a bunny

When the cat toy feels solid, take it out of the cookie cutter. Stab it all over with the felting needle until the wool is nice and compact. Make sure to focus on the indents and edges to define them. I like to hold 3 needles at a time for this to cover more area at one time.

Using three felting needles to felt a purple marshmallow peep cat toy that's filled with catnip

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Then the only thing that’s left to do is give your DIY catnip toy to the cat.

For my cat, Rufio, I gave him a whole pile of the handmade cat toys and he rolled around on them for a good 4 seconds. Then stopped. Then freaked out grabbing one of them and chewed on it for 3.5 seconds. Then got up and walked away. So basically he absolutely loved his new felted catnip toy. Cats, man, cats.

Domestic shorthair cat named Rufio playing with purple DIY catnip toy made of felted wool
Cat with green eyes looking at the camera holding a purple felted cat toy

Instructions for Easter Egg Catnip Cat Toys

For this Easter cat toy, the process is the same as with the Peep toy. However, instead of a Peep shaped cookie cutter, use an egg cookie cutter.

You can use multiple colors for a colorful Easter egg or keep it one solid color and add some designs. I made two different needle felted Easter egg cat toys using both techniques.

Multi-Colored Felted Easter Egg Toy

Instead of using a single color of wool, use several and lay them next to each other. To give a nice blended effect, overlap them slightly. Or don’t overlap them to create stripes.

Another option is to use wool that is already multiple colors just like I have. This creates a nice ombre look to the felted toy.

colorful merino wool that is yellow, orange, and pink over a white egg shaped cookie cutter
Using a felting needle to felt colorful wool that is pink, orange, and yellow inside of an egg shaped cookie cutter

Zig-Zag Felted Easter Egg DIY Catnip Toy

Felt a catnip toy using the egg cookie cutter and a single color of wool.

Then take a small piece of a wool of a contrasting color and lay it diagonally across the side of the egg. Use the felting needle to felt the small stripe to the egg. Go only as far as you would like the zig-zag to be.

Needle felting a stripe of green wool onto a purple felted egg cat toy

Fold the rest of the wool back up at an angle and felt it down. You’ll now start to see the zig-zag taking shape.

Needle felting a zig zag pattern with green wool onto a purple egg to make a felted Easter Egg

Continue this process with more strips of wool and for however many zig-zags you would like on your felted Easter egg. Be sure to do the other side as well! In total I had 2 sets of zig-zags on both sides of my Easter egg catnip toy.

Holding finished felted purple Easter egg catnip toy with green zig zags across the egg, all made of wool

More Felting Projects and Other Crafts to Try

For another wool felt project, you can try wet felting with this felted coin purse tutorial. And if you’ve never wet felted before, learn how to make wool fabric and everything you need to know about wet felting with my ultimate guide to wet felting.

Or if you’d like to do more pet crafts, make something for your favorite pup with these frozen dog treats.

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Yellow, purple, and pink needle felted bunny peeps made of wool and a white cat with black and grey spots playing with the purple bunny. Title says "DIY Catnip Toy - Felted Peep"

DIY Catnip Toy - Felted Easter Cat Toy

Learn how to make your own DIY catnip toy. These needle felted wool cat toys are a fun felting project that are easy to make. Make a marshmallow bunny Peep cat toy, perfect for springtime and Easter.
Yield 1 Catnip Toy
Project Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Materials
  

  • Wool
  • Catnip

Equipment

  • Felting Needle
  • Foam Block
  • Peep Cookie Cutter

Instructions
 

  • Pull off some wool and place it across the Peep cookie cutter.
    Purple wool placed on top of a cookie cutter in the shape of a marshmallow peep. The cookie cutter is on top of a black foam block
  • Add a layer of wool in the opposite direction. Then take a felting needle and poke the wool inside of the cookie cutter. Be sure to carefully stab all along the inside edge - this will help define the shape.
    Using a felting needle to poke into purple wool inside of a cookie cutter in the shape of a marshmallow peep
  • Add more layers of wool until you can no longer see through the wool.
    Needle felted first layer of a purple wool DIY catnip toy
  • Once you have the bottom half complete, fill it with catnip. Be sure to keep it in the middle of the felt cat toy so that it doesn't poke through the edge.
    Filling a felted purple DIY catnip toy with catnip
  • Cover the catnip with more layers of wool. Use the felting needle to felt the wool, just as with the first layer. Again, add layers until you can no longer see the catnip through the wool.
    Needle felting purple wool over a catnip filled toy being made inside of a cookie cutter in the shape of a bunny
  • When the cat toy feels solid, take it out of the cookie cutter. Stab it all over with the felting needle until the wool is nice and compact. Be sure to focus on the indents and edges to define them.
    Using three felting needles to felt a purple marshmallow peep cat toy that's filled with catnip
  • Then the only thing that's left to do is give your DIY catnip toy to the cat.
    Domestic shorthair cat named Rufio playing with purple DIY catnip toy made of felted wool
Keyword Bunny, Cat Toy, Catnip, Catnip Toy, DIY, Easter, Felting, Handmade Cat Toy, Marshmallow Peep, Needle Felting, Peep, Rabbit, Wool

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