Your Cat Will Love This DIY Cat Hammock
Is there anything more relaxing than lounging in a hammock? You can share the experience with your favorite cat by making an easy DIY cat hammock they’ll never want to leave! It’s the purr-fect place for a kitty to lounge, snooze, and plot world domination. :-)
When it comes to beds, toys, and other pet supplies, my daughter often prefers DIY cat projects to store-bought options. (Apparently, her cat is as likely to destroy or ignore a new toy as she is to play with it, so it makes sense that Britta would rather stick to inexpensive DIY projects!)
So when I first encountered the idea of a DIY cat hammock, it seemed like just the sort of thing both Britta and her cat would appreciate, so I had to give it a try! This project is simple, very inexpensive, and takes just an hour or so to throw together. Your cat is sure to love one!
How To Make A Cat Hammock
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Medium-sized cardboard box
- Fleece fabric, or a fleece blanket you’re willing to cut up
- Long ruler
- Box cutter or craft knife
- Hot glue gun or tape (packing tape, duct tape, etc.)
Start by assembling the box (if necessary), then use a hot glue gun or strong tape to secure the flaps in place. Use a ruler to trace straight lines 2-3″ from the edges on all 4 of the vertical sides of your box.
Use a box cutter or X-Acto knife to cut along the lines to make a squared opening in each of the vertical sides.
Measure the dimensions of the bottom of your box, then add 4″ to each of the 4 sides (or add 8″ to the width and 8″ to the length) and cut a piece of fleece to that size. (Ex: For a box that measures 18″ by 24″ on the bottom, you’d cut a piece of fleece that measures 26″ by 32″).
Once the fleece is cut, cut a 4″ slit into each of the corners of the fleece, cutting toward the center.
Cut two small holes about two-thirds of the way up your box, one on each side of the corner, then feed the two slits of each corner through the holes, and tie them into a secure knot. Repeat on all sides.
If you want, you can also cut a smaller piece of fleece to cover the bottom of the box, in case your kitty would rather hang out there. Then you’re done!
Britta’s cat appears to have taken to the bottom part of the box for now, but I’m sure as soon as we leave the room (and stop taking attempting to take her picture), she’ll settle right into her new cozy perch! :-)
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DIY Cat Hammock
- Cardboard box
- Fleece fabric or old fleece blanket
- Hot glue gun or tape
- Box cutter or craft knife
- Hot glue or tape your box closed securely.
- Use a ruler to trace straight lines 2-3" from each edge of each of the 4 vertical sides of the box.
- Cut a piece of fleece that measures the dimensions of the bottom of your box PLUS an extra 4" on each side. (Ex: For an 18×24" box, you’d cut a piece of fleece that measured 26×32").
- Cut a 4" slit into each of the 4 corners of the fleece, toward the center.
- Cut two small holes about two-thirds of the way up your box, one on each side of the corner.
- Feed the two slits of each corner of the fleece through the holes, and tie them into a secure knot.
- Cover the bottom of the box with another piece of fleece, in case your kitty would rather hang out there.