Throw Back Thursday: The Cat Castle of Doooom!

cat castle

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It was Christmas weekend, and we had boxes.  Lots and lots of boxes. The cat LOVED the boxes, as cats do, and I thought a cat castle would be a fun project for a long weekend.  I was both right and wrong.  If you look at my inspiration, you’ll notice that none of them are covered in felt, but I thought it would look AWESOME!

My first thought was spray glue.  I could spray the felt and just stick it on like wallpaper…..right?  Not so much.  A few pieces in, and the felt was sticking to me waaay better than the felt was sticking to the cardboard.  I felt like I had been tarred and felted.

After using rubbing alcohol, goo gone, acetone, dish soap and pretty much anything else I could find to remove the glue from my hands, I gave up. I just baby powdered the sticky spots and switched to the trusty hot glue gun.   Things went faster, but it was still pretty brutal.  Crenelations are the devil.  The only thing that kept me going was that Nikki was IN THE CASTLE the whole time.  I COULD DO THIS!

cat castle
Her eye is fine, she’s just unphotogenic like her mom.

Supplies for your very own Cat Castle of Doom

  • Boxes….lots of boxes
  • A couple yards of felt in whatever colors float your boat
  • A yard of fluffy faux fur for ultimate kitten comfort
  • Hot glue gun
  • More glue sticks than you think you could possibly need
  • Craft KnifeExtra Blades
  • Scissors….seriously, I know you have some.  No link for you!
  • Patience

Step 1: Channel your inner kindergartener

Play with your boxes.  Use them like building blocks to come up with an aesthetically pleasing arrangement.  Also, consider what kind of “rooms” you are making for kitten exploration. Use rolled up sheets of cardboard for round towers.  Cutting them to fit is kind of squirrely, but hang tight and pretend you have a plan.

cat castle
No, we don’t have kids.  That Lego box was my husband’s.

Step 2: Cut doors and windows

Your kitty needs to be able to get in the castle, and get from box to box.  Use your handy dandy craft knife and get creative. I tried to use the open ends for interior doors where possible so I could just cut the flaps off.  Remember to cut holes for balcony/rooftop access.

cat castle
That’s a sock that the cat grabbed and dragged in the window.

Step 3:  Glue it all together

Self explanatory . Use lots of glue.  Pick it up, shake it around.  See if anything is loose.  If something is loose . . . add glue.

Step 4: Start applying felt

Run a line of glue around the edge of each wall and apply the uncut felt.  Wrap the corners and continue gluing the uncut felt to adjacent walls where possible. Use scissors or craft knife to trim along the bottom, other edges, or where you’re changing colors. Keep going until everything but the flat parts are covered.

Step 5: Add details

I know you saw crenelations in previous pics, but if your cat castle NEEDS crenelations, do that now.  You will have to cut them out of strips of cardboard and individually glue felt to them.  I’m not going into detail because I totally winged it, and had questionable success.  Get creative.  You can do it! Glue on your crenelations, door details, your kitten’s family crest, whatever you like.  Glue fluffy faux fur to the flat areas to make squishy kitten bed areas.

Step 6: Sit back and admire your new found architecture skills.

Have you gone above and beyond for your furry children? I’d love to see!

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