Build your cat or dog a fun new home with this project by Beci Orpin.
A DIY pet playhouse for your cat or dog.
This cute construction is pleasing to the eye, functional and, with a textured scratching surface, suitable for cats as well as small dogs. YOU WILL NEED circular saw; pencil and ruler; 2.4m x 1.2m piece of 12mm plywood; round template, about 20cm diameter; electric drill; jigsaw; medium-grit sandpaper; cloth or rag; PVA glue; 12 x 30mm screws, or a hammer and
12 x 25mm nails; fine-grit sandpaper; scissors; offcuts of industrial felt or carpet, or anything with a good surface for cats to scratch, 50cm square; cushion pins; 2 pieces of durable fabric, about
35cm square; round template, about 30cm diameter; sewing machine and thread; cushion stuffing; needle and thread; wool; pompom maker.
Note: There will be some wood left over.
ONE Using the circular saw, blade tilted 30 degrees inwards, mitre along one long edge of the plywood panel. Then, with the blade still tilted inwards, cut out a 50cm-wide strip down the length of the plywood, ensuring the two mitred edges are facing inwards.
TWO With the blade of the saw tilted back 90 degrees, cut the strip into three 50cm-long panels. You should have three 50cm square panels, each with two mitred edges.
THREE Take one panel and draw a circle in the centre for the “peephole” using your template.
FOUR Drill a hole at the edge of the circle to start you off.
FIVE Cut around the marked circle with the jigsaw.
SIX Use the medium-grit sandpaper to sand all the edges of the panels until smooth. Sand around the inside of the hole. Dust off with the cloth.
SEVEN Glue the panels together to create the pyramid. Make sure you match the angles of the panels as shown.
EIGHT Add some screws using the electric drill, or use a hammer and nails to secure the panels in place. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand all surfaces and edges, then dust off with the cloth.
NINE Cut the felt to size and glue it to the side without the peephole. I used three strips of felt in different colours.
TEN To make the cushion, pin the two squares of fabric together. Using your template, draw a circle onto the fabric about 30cm in diameter. Cut out two circles from the fabric, adding a 1cm seam allowance all round.
ELEVEN Pin the right sides together. Sew around the edge, leaving a 10cm opening. Turn right side out and fill with the stuffing. Hand-stitch hole closed.
TWELVE For the pompom, wind wool around pompom maker and, once full, cut the wool.
Place some string (I used a length of wool) around the cut wool, then pull it tight and tie a knot to keep in place. Trim your pompom and hang it at the entrance to the pyramid.
(From left) East Coast Pets Go Fetch felted wool dog toy, $16, from Hard to Find. Rope dog lead, $5, from Kmart. Bow tie cat collar in Polkadot, $3, from Kmart. Fuzzyard pet bowl in Bubblelicious Pink, small, $14.95, from Pets Palace.