When it comes to our purr babies, this year has been truly horrible. We lost our Cleo to cancer in March and then 3 weeks later our Jazz crossed over the rainbow bridge too. When Cleo passed over, we had enough saved up to pay for a memorial stone, but when Jazzy left so quickly afterward there was nothing left to give her a good send-off. All I could do was ask the vet to cut some of her beautiful hair for me. I put that little plastic bag of hair inside my handbag and kept it close until I could make this special wire kitty art memorial in her honor.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

I’m hoping that if you find yourself in the same boat, that this tutorial will help you make something similar in remembrance of your purr baby.  

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

The wire kitty memorial is budget-friendly and only takes a few minutes (and lots of memory tears) to put together.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt

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What you need

What you need to make the wire kitty art memorial

How to make a wire kitty art memorial

The wire kitty

Resize and print out the free wire kitty art template. Grab some jewelry wire and cut a piece that’s about 40 cm long.

What you need to make the wire kitty art memorial

Find the middle point of the cut wire and place it in between the kitty’s ears.

Start in the middle of the kitty line drawing

Bend and shape the wire using either your hands or needle-nose pliers. If this is your first time working with wire, this detailed wire art tutorial will help.

Use needle nose pliers to shape the wire along the template

Don’t worry too much if you go outside the lines. The template is there as a general guide.

Use the template as a guide to bend and form the wire

Once you’ve gone all the way around the template, trim away any excess wire using wire cutters.

Your kitty should look something like this when you’re done.

Wire art kitty and line drawing used as a template

Creating the art memorial keepsake

To turn the wire kitty into a memorial keepsake, remove the glass and backing board from the frame.

Remove the backing from the frame and put to one side

Paint the backing board in a color of your choice. I choose an off-white that matched the frame.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

Once the paint dries, place the backing board back in the frame temporarily. Position your wire kitty inside the frame and glue it down.

Place the wire kitty inside the frame and glue down

Remove the backing board again and grab a small bunch of your kitty’s cut hair. Line the hair up as best you can and trim the bottom so it’s straight. Add a line of clear glue along the straight cut edge.

Put a line of clear drying glue on the cut edge of the fur

Glue the fur down on either side of the wire kitty. Slowly add more layers until you’re happy with the look and there are no big gaps.

Cut a piece of twine and glue it on the bottom of the hair

Cut a small piece of twine and glue it along the bottom of the wire kitty and fur.  

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

Adding the twine is optional but it does help neaten things up.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt

Place the wire kitty memorial art back in the frame and you’re all done.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt

We put Jazz’s memorial on the mantle with milk-scented candles. She loved her milk sooooo much.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt

When the missing gets really bad, I’ll light them, but for now, I’ll hold her memory tight inside my heart and on the mantle.

If like the idea of making your own wire kitty art memorial, don’t forget to pin it for later.

If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

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If you're looking for a way to remember a special cat that's crossed over the rainbow bridge, this tutorial will show you how to make a budget-friendly wire kitty art memorial. The tutorial includes a free template to work from #WireArt #ACraftyMix #MemoryArt #CatCrafts

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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