We have a problem. Traditional Christmas trees just don’t last in a house with 4 purr babies. I love them to bits, but as soon as they see tinsel and baubles some little gremlin inside takes over and it’s meowdness. And our purr babies always win. So we tend to go for trees that are cat-proof. Last year we made a tin can succulent tree and this year we decided to make a pom pom Christmas tree. And I love how it turned out.

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The inspiration for the pom pom tree came from a very dear friend of mine who blogs over at Vintage Southern Picks. She made a beautiful little shabby chic tree by gluing vintage lace, tulle and bridal trim to a tube. It’s stunning!! Since my glue gun has given up the ghost I had to try figure out another way to make our tree.  To be honest I think one of our purr babies attacked our glue gun. There are little teeth marks all over the place. They were probably just trying to protect their mommy from the vicious wire snake or something 😉

What You Need to Make a Cat Proof Pom Pom Christmas Tree

  • Some Cardboard
  • Empty Paper Towel Roll
  • Bits of Tulle, Lace, Ribbons
  • Battery Powered String Lights
  • Scissors and Craft Glue
  • A Slice of Wood

Ready to make some pom poms?  I don’t have a pom pom maker so I still do it the old fashioned way.

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How To Make a Traditional Pom Pom

Take some cardboard and draw and cut out two large circles. Draw a smaller circle in the center of each circle. The space between the big circle and the little one inside will determine how big and fluffy your pom pom will be. Don’t make the inside circle to small though, otherwise it becomes difficult to get the tulle and ribbons through. Cut a V-shaped slit from the big circle to the small one and then cut out the smaller circle. Place the two cardboard bits together.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

Start wrapping the tulle, ribbons, and lace around the bits. The more you add the fluffier your pom poms will be.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

When you’re happy and the cardboard bits are nice and full, push your scissors between the two cardboard discs and cut all the way around. Sharp scissors will make it much easier.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

Make sure that the cut pieces don’t fall out of the hole. Put a long piece of ribbon between the two cardboard discs and around the pom pom bits.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

Tie the ribbon up as tight as possible and remove the cardboard circles.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

That’s it, you’re done. If the pom pom looks untidy, give it a trim until you’re happy with the shape. If you want extra fluffy pom poms, hold them over boiling water for a while. They go all puffy and pretty 😀

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

You need to make ten pom poms for the cat-proof Christmas tree: four small (8 cm or 3 1/4″ diameter), three medium  (11 cm or 4 1/4″ diameter) and three large ones  (13 cm or 5″ diameter).

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Assembling The Cat Proof Christmas Tree

Grab those string lights and wrap them around the empty paper towel holder. Not all the way around, just the portion where the pom poms will go. Using the long piece of ribbon, tie the pom poms to the paper towel holder, starting at the top with the three small pom poms, then the three medium-sized ones and lastly the three biggest ones at the bottom.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night. Christmas tree alternative ideas to make yourself #DIYChristmasTree #AlternativeChristmasTree
A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

Squish the last small pom pom into the top of the paper towel holder to finish off the tree and then glue the bottom of the pom pom tree to a slice of wood. You could also use a pretty plate.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

To decorate the pom pom Christmas tree I just used a string of faux pearls and added a little wooden star to the top. But you could use anything that’s not a purr baby magnet.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night

And it’s probably a good idea not to have any dangling bits 😉

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And it looks so pretty when you switch the lights on.

A quick and easy cat proof pom pom Christmas tree. I love how pretty it looks when it lights up at night. Christmas tree alternative ideas to make yourself #DIYChristmasTree #AlternativeChristmasTree #AcraftyMix #EasyCraftIdea #ChristmasDecor

Please let me know what you think of our cat-proof pom pom Christmas tree. Do you also decorate around your purr babies?

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Until next time. I hope you have a beautiful, love-filled week.

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