Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Upcycled Cat Scratcher

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

After my garage sale not too long ago, I was left with some fairly large pieces of cardboard from the boxes I broke down to make signs. It seemed like the perfect time to make a cat scratcher for Fezzik.

I had a carpet cat tree that I'd re-carpeted after Schroedinger destroyed it with his wicked ways. But after Schroedinger died last summer, Fezzik still wasn't interested in the cat tree. While Fezzik has pretty much taken over all of Schroedy's old spots in the apartment, that cat tree was the last hold out. I finally threw out the cat tree, but I want something for Fezzik to scratch at that isn't my floor or furniture.

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

The recycled cardboard cat scratcher from Design*Sponge seems like the ideal! Easy to make with free materials. Frankly it's hard to want to make something for the purpose of having it destroyed. But thus is life with cats!

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

The project is absurdly simple, but it took forever. My first attempt, I just started rolling up the cardboard strips, only to realize that if I wanted it to roll evenly I needed to essentially score each bend.

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

So each strip was bent at every single corrugation and then I taped the whole string of them together end to end to make one long strip.

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

Once I finally started rolling it all up, it was truly simple. I decided that I don't need anything super fancy. So I just wrapped the outside in duck tape and called it good. Although I like the look of the decorated one on Design*Sponge.

Upcycled Cat Scratcher | Red Circle Crafts

I haven't decided if I want to douse it in catnip or not. I think it depends whether Fezzik is at all interested in it as is.

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