Thursday 25 July 2019

**NATIONAL CRAFTS FOR YOUR SHELTERS WEEK** Craft-Fest with Cats ~ Mini Cardboard Scratcher ~ Day Four

Welcome to our week long craft-fest


Here's a quick re-cap in case you missed Mondays post.

Everyday this week we'll be showing you how to make all kinds of stuff to take to your local shelter to give the kitties and K9's so they get to feel some love, and you get to flex your crafting skills. Any excuse to make something right? MOL

Now we know that some peeps don't sew and/or don't have access to a sewing machine or the like, so we will be incorporating some ideas that are completely NO SEW during the week, and don't think that the items are just for us cats, 3 of our items are for our K9 furriends too, so don't panic we've got you covered - of course we do, we're The B Team we've got everything covered! 

Also we love to upcycle, recycle and re-purpose items here at BBHQ, so most things can be made without having to buy anything in.

Here's what we've got on offer throughout the week

 As modelled by our youngest B Team memfur; Melvyn, and you can see he's absolutely blissed out.

Crafting For Your Shelter Projects July 2019 @BionicBasil®

1. Snuggle Buddy    2. Kicker Toy    3. Snuggle Mat  

4. Mini Cardboard Scratcher    5. Catnip Cracker


This is our first completely NO SEW project of the week, sorry it took so long to get here! MOL 

Our Mini Cardboard Scratcher is purrfect for our kitty comrades in shelters, as its small and will fit easily inside small pens and give the ktties a much needed scratching outlet.  We don't advise to make this for our K9 pals as they'd probably eat it!
The Mini Cardboard Scratcher and Smooch - The B Team ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 4
What you will need

A small cardboard box*

Scissors or craft knife** or cutting wheel**

Extra cardboard boxes***


Pen or pencil

Glue non toxic

Optional catnip

Optional ribbon


*we used a small amazon prime box  6.5" x 9"  approx size

**please be super careful if you're using these cutting tools, take your time and always cut away from yourself and we do recommend that you wear some special cut resistant gloves like this: Cut Resistant Gloves for Safety. these are just an example we found on Amazon and this is not an affiliate link. 

***save all those home delivery boxes to recycle 

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Lets Begin

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher a ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 4
1. Get a small box - this is ours.

2.  Measure approx 1.5" up from the bottom.

3.  Draw a line all the way around.

4.  Cut surplus off and you should be left with something like this.

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher b ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 4
5.  Use part of the surplus cardboard to cut a test strip, it should be a fraction less than 1.5" high.

6.  Try the test strip to make sure it fits snuggly, and its not too long or too high.

7.  Once you've got the correct size cut lots of strips.

8.  Before you begin gluing the strips, stick the flaps down in the bottom of the box.

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher c ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 4
9.  Begin gluing the strips in place.

10.  Smooch was on paw to offer more boxes when we needed to cut some extra strips.

11. & 12. A short while later, and you should now have something that looks like this.

Here's our finished Mini Cardboard Scratcher
The Mini Cardboard Scratcher The B Team ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 4
You can leave it as is, or if you'd like to add a little more pizzazz like us; we used a length of hessian ribbon and simply glued that around the outside. 

Also, you can add a little sprinkle of catnip to add to the fun.

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If you missed our previous Crafting For Your Shelters post, here's the links:

The Snuggle Buddy    Kicker Toy    The Snuggle Mat

And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of Craft-Fest Day Four. We do hope you've enjoyed it and feel inspired to make something, and we'd love to see how your projects turned out so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything you'd like us to make, leave a comment with your idea/s.  

We'll be back on the morrow with how to make the no sew Catnip Crackers and we have an extra surprise project to share so do hope you can join us, until then...

Keep calm and craft on

Bestest crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

If mew missed any of our previous Crafting with Cats posts, here's the links:

We at BionicBasil HQ are not responsible or liable fur any injuries to person/s and/or cat/s, crafting addictions, glue on cats, paper cuts, misplaced pins and needles, cats stealing your supplies, broken scissors, cat fur stuck on your projects, or your project not turning out as planned. Be super careful if you're using cutting tools, take your time and always cut away from yourself and we do recommend that you wear some special cut resistant gloves like this: Cut Resistant Gloves for Safety. these are just an example we found on Amazon and this is not an affiliate link. This  project is not suitable for younger readers without parental/adult help. By using this information you hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless BionicBasil and staff from and against any and all claims for personal injuries or damages of any kind arising from use of any Crafting With Cats posts we may share.  
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  1. Minko would have LOVED that, Pipo has a distinct pur-fur-ence fur sisal, MOL!

  2. We always wondered if it were possible to make a scratcher like that one. Now we know it is! Thanks, sweet pals!

  3. Mrs H saw this in the flesh — well, in the card — and it's totally epic. Why buy another scratcher again when you can make one for almost nothing!

  4. That is a super cool idea. My cat bro Bert loves scratchers, but we never thought of making one ourselves.

  5. That scratcher looks like fun ! Great ! Purrs

  6. We're all big scratcher fans here, maybe even the Dad could do that one! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. That is a nice scratcher! Good work!


  9. What an amazing idea and so easy! You are a genius. Yes, the dogs would eat it. Haha!

  10. Thanks for sharing. This one is right up our alley. The sewing stuff is not our best work. But this is a wonderful scratcher. Great for the new kittens when they come into the office. Great job. Have a wonderful day.
    World of Animals

  11. This is genius! I'll have to make one for my cat Jake, he'll love one. Thank you. I hope the P.A. Is feeling better.

  12. We made this one before and it takes a LOT of cutting but they work great

  13. The addition of the ribbon really added to it. That looks pawesome we shall have to try it.

  14. Cool! We make scratchers for the shelter using old rugs and glueing them to small wood boards.

  15. Wowy, that is a furrtastic DIY purroject that I can't wait to make with Mom! Thanks for the tutorial! Kisses.

  16. This is great! Thanks for the inspiration! We love cardboard scratchers. Mommy’s going to use some of her large stash of fabric for the sides, instead of the ribbon.


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