Saturday, December 1, 2012

DIY | Cat Scratching Post


This cat scratcher is one of my favourite DIY's to make. It is customizable, simple, basically free, and your cat will love it! It also makes a great gift to give to your cat or to an animal-loving friend.

What You'll Need:
  • Corrugated Cardboard (& lots of it!) 
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Coloured Paper (Wrapping paper, Scrapbook paper, etc.)
& that's it! All of these things can be found lying around my house at any given time. Especially during the holiday season when boxes from online orders are taking up a ton of space!

How to do it:

 Step 1: Flatten out your boxes & Make a template for cutting out strips of cardboard. My strips are about three inches tall.

 Step 2: Cut out your strips. This is the most tedious part. Cutting out cardboard is hard!

 Step 3: Take one strip & fold it into a spiral. Place some hot glue as you roll to secure together.

Step 4: Tape the edge down using a piece of duct tape.

Step 5: Using another piece of duct tape, tape a new strip flush with the edge of the previously rolled cardboard.


Step 6: Roll this strip of cardboard around to continue the spiral shape. Secure with hot glue as you roll, as needed.

Step 7: Add a new strip to the end using a piece of duct tape.

Step 8: Repeat steps 5-7. 

Step 9: When you reach the desired size (mine has a radius of 6.5 inches), duct tape the end.

Step 10: Pick out the paper & design you want for your cat scratcher. Attach using hot glue, regular glue, or tape. I used hot glue then wrapped around it using clear packing tape.

& There you have it! 

This DIY is a great way to reuse old boxes, have pet toys that look nice & match your decor, and save some money on expensive scratching posts. They last so long; you can just flip them over for a new side of scratching!


My cat loves to scratch it, sit on it,  & even use it as a pillow.



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