Easy Pet Project: How to Make a Cat Hammock

Your cat can have as much fun playing in this hammock as you have making it.

cat hammock pet craft

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

• Straight-edge utility knife

• Cardboard box (at least 12 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide and deep)

• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

• Scissors

• Approximately 1 yard of fleece fabric (a bit more if your box is bigger)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Use utility knife to cut openings (big enough for your cat to crawl through) in all four sides of your box, leaving 3" around all four edges of each side.

2. Seal the box closed on top and bottom using hot glue. Allow the glue to dry.
 
3. With the tip of your scissors, punch holes midway between the top and bottom in the middle of each edge piece. (That's eight holes altogether, a pair on each box "leg.") 
 
4. Use scissors to cut fleece to extend beyond the box 4" on each side. For example, if the box measures 18" wide and deep, cut fabric 26" by 26" (18 + 4 + 4 = 26). Next, cut 4" slits in each corner of fleece to create four pairs of strips. You'll use those to tie the knots that fasten the hammock. 
 
5. Insert points of fleece through holes in edges. 
 
6. Knot securely, then invite your kitty in.
 
Excerpted from Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) Copyright ©2014 by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin with the permission of Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin Random House. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.