How to Make a Cat Castle and Scratching Postcomments (4) February 14th, 2009
I love making things from what would normally be trashed, and when I found piles of old carpet samples for 50 cents each I knew I could turn them into something fabulous for my kitty! I am lucky enough to live near SCRAP, which stands for "school and community reuse action project" where people donate stuff instead of trashing it—stuff like these carpet samples and thick cardboard tubes for artists and crafters like me to find new uses for! If you don't have a store like this near you, I'm sure there's somewhere where you can find carpet scraps if you look hard enough, and your cat will thank you for your effort!
I built this kitty castle and scratching post a few months ago, so I'm going to show you how I made them by partially deconstructing them, which is why the step-by-step pictures don't all look how they would when you're constructing them. The projects are very flexible anyway, and your materials will probably be different from mine, so it shouldn't matter.
To make the kitty castle, you'll need:
- Two or more large, thick cardboard boxes
- Several pieces of carpet (or enough total to cover most surfaces of the boxes)
- Scissors that can cut through the carpet
- Box cutter or craft knife
- Hot-glue gun
For the boxes, I used a printer box, which is good because it's extra-thick cardboard since printers are heavy, and I re-recycled the box from my Halloween costume, which was huge and thick. You need to make sure the boxes can withstand your cat climbing on them, sitting on them a lot, etc.
First, cut several holes in both boxes, big enough for your cat to fit through. I cut holes on three sides of the large box and on three sides plus the top of the smaller box. Cut them so that one hole on one box lines up with one hole on the other box when you put them side by side. This way, when the castle is put together, your cat can go from one room to the other.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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