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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pet Bed from Aldi Box

Hello Everyone!

Hope you have had a good week so far.  I am going to show you a cheap and quick way to get a pet bed.  For us more specifically, a cat bed.  Yes, I know, my family is probably saying, "WHAT?  You have cats?!?"  Well, yes, actually, I do.  I am normally not a cat person.  If fact, I have been know to say in the past that I well, hate dislike cats.  You can't train them, they never stay home (or if they are someone else's cats they always do their business in your yard), they shed, etc., etc...  Well, that was how it was in my childhood.  Now, I don't love cats but I do think kittens are cute.  And, we live in the country where not all of the country mice have gone to live with their cousins, the city mice.  So, I believe cats can have their place.  I will not have a house cat! (Yo, Jill, you hearing me!!??)  I have a friend who is sure that they will end up in the house.  Even though these kittens have spent the last few days living in my son's bathroom.  They are now used to us and they now have a bed!  So tonight, out they go!!

I didn't do a before/after kind of thing here or a step by step tutorial but I think you can probably figure it out.  This is what I did.  I started with a good size box from Aldi.  For you who don't know what Aldi is, it's a grocery store that stocks their items in boxes.  There is no bagger so you bag your own groceries.  I always use their empty boxes and fill them so I don't have to pay for my bags or bring my own.  Anyway, I took the box and modge podged scrapbook paper on the outside and inside.  I chose some that looked like barn wood.  Then I got some fabric from Hobby Lobby and made a cushion or pillow for the bottom.  Then, I took wood lathe strips and glued them around the inside for added strength and to give the cats something to sharpen their claws on. (I know, sounds painful for us but remember, I want them to be mousers.)  Anyway, this is what it looked like after all that.

Then of course, I needed to personalize it for the little darlings. (Yes, that is said tongue in cheek.) ;)

And, yes, we have a boy and a girl.  And, no, we are not having kittens.  They are going to be fixed when they are old enough. :)
I think the names are kind of cute.  Now, my painting isn't the greatest but remember, I said this was a fast way to make a pet bed.  I wanted to get the cats out of my house!  I didn't get too fancy on the name plates.
So, do you think the cats like their new bed?  They are looking a little unsure at this point.  However,
I think they will get used to it.  So, tonight is the night.  They are on the back porch in their new little bed and I haven't heard any meowing from them yet.  Let's just hope it doesn't start up at 3:00 am!  So there you have it, a quick and fairly easy way to make a pet/cat bed.  Now if I can just get all this dried modge podge off my hands...

So until next time...

Have a blessed day,

maggie jane

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1 comment:

  1. Love this! Such a great idea!