Friday 21 July 2023

**NATIONAL CRAFTS FOR YOUR SHELTERS DAY** Crafting with Cats ~ How We Made A Mini Cardboard Scratcher **UPCYLE YOUR CARDBOARD BOXES**


Happy Friday Fluffies


It's Crafting for Your Shelters Day II, and here's a quick recap in case mew missed yesterday's pawesome post. 

As we love to upcycle, recycle and re-purpose items here at BBHQ, today's project which is #4 in the photo below can be made without having to buy anything in.

 Melvyn as mew can see is really enjoying all the things we made.

Crafting For Your Shelter Projects July 2019 @BionicBasil®

To see the rest of the projects in the picture, visit our Crafting with Cats page.


This is a completely NO SEW project.

Our Mini Cardboard Scratcher is purrfect for our kitty comrades in shelters, as it will fit easily inside small pens and give the kitties a much-needed scratching outlet. 
The Mini Cardboard Scratcher and Smooch - The B Team ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 2
What We Used

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

**purrlease be super careful if you're using these cutting tools, take your time and always cut away from yourself and we also 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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Let's Begin

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher a ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 2
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 mew should be left with something like this.

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher b ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 2
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 it's not too long or too high.

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

8.  Before mew begin glueing the strips, stick the flaps down in the bottom of the box.

How To Make The Mini Cardboard Scratcher c ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 2
9.  Begin glueing 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 it should now look something like this.

Here's our finished Mini Cardboard Scratcher

The Mini Cardboard Scratcher The B Team ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 2

Mew can leave it as is, or if mew'd like to add a little more pizazz like us; we used a length of hessian ribbon and simply glued that around the outside. 

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

This is a really supurr project to recycle your old boxes and bring a bit of joy to a kitty or even kitties in shelters.

And ours has lasted four years at BBHQ, so way better than any shop ones we previously tried.

We do hope mew've enjoyed the last two crafting posts and feel inspired to make something for your local shelter. And if there's anything mew'd like us to make, leave a comment with your idea/s.  

We'll be back on the morrow with the final and a brand new project for this year's Shelter Craft-Fest, until then...

Keep calm and craft on

Epically crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team 

If mew missed any of our previous crafting posts, visit our dedicated crafting page: 

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. That's very cool and looks so scratchable!!!

  2. Someone around here *ahem* collects boxes, so we have plenty of material for this project.

  3. How clever on the cardboard scratcher! I just recycle the boxes and never ever thought of a project as this . Thanks for the idea.

  4. Very 😎 cool scratcher! Hopefully one day I can try to make one!

  5. We have made something similar, but yours is much cuter. XO

  6. What a great idea, i hate just throwing away or recycling boxes, not that recycling is a bad idea. I've just been wishing there was more i could do with boxes and there is, thank you.

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