15 DIY Projects to Make for Your Cat

cat tee pee

Local Adventurer 

What better way to show your pets some love than showering them with homemade gifts? These cute cat crafts will cozy-up kitty’s space, amplify her playtime, and even beautify her litter box. So stock up on supplies and get crafty for your kitty cat. 

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    Crochet Mouse Toy

    Crochet Mouse Toy For Your Cat

    Anne Marie's Haak Blog

    Playtime gets an upgrade with the addition of a cute stuffed mouse! This project includes a step-by-step crochet pattern, and the size of the finished piece makes it absolutely doable in one afternoon.

    Pro tip: Add a bit of catnip to the mouse’s stuffing for a fun little surprise.

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    Catnip Mouse Toy

    Make a Stack of Felt Mouse-Shaped Catnip Toys

    Mollie Johanson

    Not into crocheting? Try this easy peasy sewing pattern for stuffed mice. Your kitty will go crazy for these fun little mice, mainly because they are packed full of catnip.

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    DIY Brushing Station

    diy brushing station

    Love Pets DIY

    Provide a mini spa experience for your cat with this homemade brushing station. Cleverly upcycle unused toilet bowl brushes into a walk-through comb for kitty by attaching them to a plain piece of plywood. Add lush carpet for an even more luxurious and tactile experience.

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    Cardboard Cat Scratcher

    cardboard cat scratcher

    Dream a Little Bigger

    Tightly roll spare cardboard into a comfy, scratchable cat cushion. Spool the cardboard until you’ve reached the perfect sized seat for kitty, then finish the piece by wrapping in ribbon or hemp twine. This is a great project for utilizing all those recyclable shipment boxes that have piled up.

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    Water Bowl Planter

    water bowl planter

    The Happier Homemaker

    Cat-friendly plants will not only add a little greenery to your pet’s space but can also help your house cat stay connected to nature. There are a ton of pet-safe species out there, and planting a few next to kitty’s bowl ensures you’ll always have a well-watered plant.

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    Feather Wand Toy

    diy feather wand toy

    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

    A floofy feather is like catnip to, well, cats, so attach one to the end of a wooden dowel for hours of entertainment. Add a couple of jingly bells, and you’ll have all the cats coming 'round for a little fun. Decorate with washi tape for a whimsical piece full of color.

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    T-Shirt Cat Tent

    t-shirt cat tent

    Instructables

    Upcycle an old T-shirt into a fort for kitty with the help of a few wire hangers. The neck hole of the tee makes the perfect cat doorway, and thanks to the ubiquity of the T-shirt, you can absolutely find one to compliment your home decor. 

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    Vase Scratching Post

    diy vase scratching post

    Meow Lifestyle

    Transform an old vase into a seemly scratching post for your four-legged friend. This is one pet accessory that you won’t mind displaying in the family room; it has a rustic rope finish and can be filled with fresh blooms or decorative branches.

    Pro tip: stabilize the vase from tipping by securing to a tile or board.

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    Cat Bow Tie

    cat bow tie

    Instructables

    Dress up your favorite feline with an adorable, patterned bow tie. This tutorial includes a handy sewing pattern, so no need to start totally from scratch. Just select a fabric that compliments your pet’s coat, break out the sewing machine, and get ready to show off your well-accessorized kitty.

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    DIY Cat Teepee

    cat tee pee

    Local Adventurer

    Shelter your cat from the elements in style with this cozy teepee DIY. Grab a patterned blanket and secure things with safety pins–making this one a quick, easy, no-sew project.

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    Litter Box Cabinet

    diy litter box cabinet

    Saws on Skates

    Take that eyesore of a litter box and tuck it away in a functional piece of furniture. A smart butcher block island gets swinging doors and curtains to make a sneaky hideaway privy for kitty. This one requires a bit of carpentry, so be ready with a full Saturday and your toolbox before tackling.

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    Cat Hammock

    cat hammock

     The Bandit Lifestyle

    Flip a small end table and you’ve got the perfect base for a pet hammock. Secure a hand towel to the four posts with hooks, and reinforce with grommets for a sturdy cat accessory. Add a coordinating bath mat to the lower level and kitty has a cozy two-story chill pad. 

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    Fabric Cat Toy

    easy diy fabric cat toy

    Muslin and Merlot

    That pile of fabric scraps gets new life as a pet-friendly plaything. Knot a few soft pieces together (old T-shirts or bed sheets work well), then toss them to kitty to kickstart her daily workout.

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    DIY Collar

    diy cat collar

    The Everyday Dog Mom 

    Break out the sewing machine and whip up a practical (and adorable) pet collar. This step-by-step includes an easy pattern for an adjustable strap and is easy enough to complete, that you’ll want to make a few in different colors. String on kitty’s ID tags so she’ll always find her way home.

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    Organic Cat Tree

    organic cat tree

    By Brittany Goldwyn

    ​Even indoor cats can experience a little nature with this organic cat tree DIY. Source a couple of sturdy branches, then sand and seal them for longevity before assembling the tower. Add some greenery (faux vines work just fine here) to complete your cat's rustic hideaway. 

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    Cat Party Hat

    diy cat party hat

    Gina Chong

    Celebrate your cat's birthday or adopt-iversary in style with these festive party hats. If your feline isn't too fickle, she may even wear hers long enough to capture a few cute Instagrams.