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
- Coloured Paper (Wrapping paper, Scrapbook paper, etc.)
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.