By: Becky Meverden
Cat lovers are sure to appreciate this cute Cat Votive Holder. These cute little kitties are super curious and cute, making them the perfect pets for animal lovers of all kinds. Great for holding a small votive candle or even a small flower arrangement, this project may look somewhat complicated, but it’s quite simple to make. This Cat Votive
Holder also makes a wonderful wedding or birthday gift.
3 oz. Kato Polyclay in green
3 oz. Kato Polyclay in white
3 oz. Kato Polyclay in black
3 oz. Kato Polyclay in yellow
3 oz. Kato Polyclay in red
Pink clay: 9/32″ ball white + 1/8″ ball red
Gray clay: 1-1/2″ ball white + 7/8″ ball black
Votive candle holder
2 straight pins
2 glass or ceramic objects for propping (coffee cups)
Circle template (optional)
1. Condition clay according to manufacturer’s instructions.
2. For the base, flatten a 1-5/8-inch ball of green into a 3-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ oval. Press the votive into the left side of the base.
3. For the daisies, flatten five 1/8-inch balls of white into teardrops. Use a toothpick to indent each petal. Press the
narrowest ends of each petal together to form a flower.
4. Roll a 3/32-inch ball of yellow and press into the center of the petals. Make four flowers. Press three onto the
base in front of the votive and put the extra one aside for later.
5. For the kitty’s body, roll a 13/16-inch ball of gray into a cone. Press a straight pin halfway into the top of the
body to stabilize the head.
6. For the legs, roll two 1/2-inch balls of gray into 1-inch-long tapered logs. Press the widest end against a flat
surface to shape into a foot. For the pads, flatten two 3/16-inch balls of white into ovals and press onto the end
of each foot. For the toes, roll six 3/16-inch balls of gray. Roll six 3/32-inch balls of white and press onto each
toe. Press three toes to the top of each foot. Press legs to both sides of the body.
7. For the arms, roll two 3/8-inch balls of gray into 1-inch-long tapered logs. Use your finger to flatten the widest
end slightly. Use a toothpick to indent two finger lines in each hand. Press the arms onto both sides of the body.
8. For the head, roll a 11/16-inch ball of gray into a rounded triangle. For the eyes, flatten two 1/8-inch balls of
white into teardrops and press onto the head. For the pupils, flatten two 1/16-inch balls of black and press onto
each eye. For the eyebrows, roll two 3/32-inch balls of gray into tapered logs and curl above each eye.
9. For the snout, flatten two 1/4-inch balls of white. Press together slightly and press onto the head. Use a
toothpick to make holes in the snout. For the mouth, use the blunt end of a paintbrush to make a hole under
and in the center of the snout. Roll a 1/8-inch ball of pink and use the paintbrush to press into the hole.
10. For the nose, flatten a 3/32-inch ball of pink into a triangle and press onto the center of the snout.
11. For the ears, flatten two 7/32-inch balls of gray into triangles. Press onto both sides of the head. Use the blunt
end of a paintbrush to indent each ear. Press head onto the top of the body.
12. For the tail, roll a 2″ x 3/16″ log of gray. Press onto the back of the body.
13. Place the extra daisy into the hands of the cat. Place the cat onto the base.
14. For the black cat’s body, roll a 13/16-inch ball of black into a cone. Flatten a 3/8-inch ball of white into a 1-inch-
long oval. Press onto the center of the body. Press a straight pin halfway into the top of the body to stabilize the
head. Continue to make this cat as the gray cat above, only use black clay.
15. Gently remove votive from base. Place the black cat with its hand curled over the top onto the votive. Lay the
votive on its side with the cat on top and prop between two coffee cups to prevent it from moving during
16. Bake votive and base in a 275 F degree oven for 30 minutes. When cooled, glue votive to base. Remove the
black cat when burning a candle to ensure the clay doesn’t burn.