When we adopted a new furry member to our family it was evident that we needed a heavy duty cat scratcher that could save our furniture from future cat attacks…
- A large flower pot (I used one with a crack in it)
- Sack material and a scrap of extra fabric for the upholstery
- Rope (for this sample I used 50 meters)
- Thin wooden board for the seat
- Foam sponge
- A strong cable tie
- Hot glue and white wood glue
- Wooden dowel 5cm.
- Drill with a medium size bit
- Electric jigsaw
- Small screwdriver
- Hot glue gun
Wash the flower pot if it is from the garden. Let it dry thoroughly.
1). Trace the shape of the base of the pot on to the wood, also marking the center hole of the pot with a pencil. Cut out with the jigsaw.
2). Drill a hole in the center of the wood.
3). With the hot glue gun stick the rope around the upside down flower pot. Work up from the bottom.
4). On the second layer of rope start using the white wood glue, alternating between the two types of glues. Use the hot glue gun only to stick the rope to the pot in 15cm anchor points. This way when the pot dries the rope will be much stronger and work out more economical.
5). Keep on glueing the rope until you get to the top. Let it dry thoroughly.
6). Draw the shape of the wood disk onto the foam. With scissors cut it out and trim away the boarder contour of the foam. Use the screwdriver to perforate the centre of the foam and trim away some of the central foam.
7). Stretch the two fabrics over the foam (with sack material on top) and stick the fabric to the underside of the wood with hot glue gun, upholstering the wooden disk. Trim off the excess fabric, it’s not important what the underside looks like as this part will be stuck down on the pot.
8). Create a loop of rope and making a strong knot. Use the screwdriver to pierce through the hole in the wooden disk and perforate the seat fabric. Glue the seat to the top of the pot with hot glue.
9). Pass the tip of the cable tie through the hole of the pot from the inside out, interlace it with the rope handle and return the tip through the hole once again. Using the wooden dowel as a stopper engage the cable tie and pull hard until everything is firm and the handle is securely fastened. This handle helps to move the seat easily about the home.
You can also apply this technique to wooden boxes, hard plastic containers, old tires etc.
So there you have it, the result is a very original scratcher-stool which serves not only for homes with cat lovers, and it can also be used as an additional decorative stool or as a small side table by changing the seat for a polished circle of wood.
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