Friday, February 10, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Cardboard Box Edition

I have partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Pet Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles filled with tips for living on a budget. This month, we're focusing our “How-To Guide for Living on a Budget” program on DIY projects and how-to tips.

Every cat owner knows you can buy your kitty the most expensive, beautiful cat bed in the world, but at the end of the day, there's nothing like a good old fashioned cardboard box.

The cardboard box DIY remodel is the least expensive, low-risk craft of all because no matter what, you know your cats will love it. Every time we go to Costco, Charlie and Priscilla get a gift back in the form of a brand new box, that we pick up for free. Their most recent acquisition was a box for Hoody's Peanuts, purrfectly constructed to have a comfy napping spot on top, and a cozy cave underneath.

Before: The Hoody's Peanut Box. Functional, but not exactly the pinnacle of modern cat style.

After: With the help of some scrapbook paper and glue (not to mention my own blood, sweat, and tears) - The House that Catsparella built is complete!

I started by covering the exterior of the box with patterned paper, before adding little details like the feline fence post (inspired by this), shuttered windows, and flower boxes. The roof is made out of an extra piece of cardboard I had laying around that I decorated with paper shingles (it's taped to the top of the box with the help of a flap), and I topped if all off with a cozy fleece mat for an extra dash of comfort and style. The entire project cost me less than $3, and that's only because I insisted on using fancy scrapbook paper.

The possibilities for taking your cat's favorite box and elevating it from brown cardboard bleak to cat house chic are practically endless. The basic instructions are: Find whatever you have laying around the house (paper, markers, glue, etc.), and get going!

If you're looking for more inspiration, three of my favorite projects I've come across are the DIY Cat Rocket Ship from Apartment Therapy, the Cardboard Cat Tank from Instructables, and the Cardboard Cat Playhouse from Martha Stewart. Of course, Pinterest is always your friend when it comes to design ideas, and Petfinder has a great board dedicated to DIY kitty projects to further help you along.

Do you have any favorite do it yourself projects you've put together for your cats?


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Marika said...

This is EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catsparella said...

@Marika Hahaha! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Both Oogie and I concur, we think this your box transformation is ab fab! Mum hasn't forsaken you. she's gone into lurker mode. ~: p We're so happy that at least some one is making stuff. Mumzy, not so much, though she is working with card boxes, as putting stuff in them. Just not kitties, coz we try to get into the boxes, mum takes us out. Humph. ~^._.^~

Anonymous said...

Ugh, thanks for the guilties! I've a big box that started off life in the kitchen as a cat toy, and turned into the box that the dog toys live's a big ugly box and should be prettified!

Anonymous said...

I lined some cardboard boxes with coolers from Omaha steaks and put purr pads in them for my outside strays. Your little cat box is adorable.

Diana Laurence said...

Please check out my recent blog post on how I made a crazy playhouse out of boxes, etc.--my three cats love it!

storage fremantle said...

His face may not say it but I'm pretty sure he appreciates the new pad. They really prefer the roof don't they.

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