Repurpose Those Cardboard Boxes: Make a DIY Box Fort!
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I don’t know about you, but I do most of my shopping online. I love the convenience of it – especially with Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping. There is just one downside… BOXES! SO MANY BOXES! The cats would disagree, of course. They love boxes. But even they eventually reach their limit.
With Christmas (more boxes) plus the cats’ monthly food/litter supply deliveries (MORE BOXES), we had managed to accumulate quite a box pile. We must have had about 20 piled up in the basement (too bad I didn’t get a photo of that). I had been racking my brain trying to come up with something to use the boxes for rather than completely overwhelm our trash man. Then it hit me… I could make a box fort for the kitties!
Making a DIY Box Fort is super easy, and you don’t need many supplies at all! In fact, I bet you have the necessary supplies lying around your house already.
Box Fort Materials:
- Cardboard boxes – the number and size depends on how big of a box fort you want to make. The one we made used 9 medium sized boxes.
- Box Cutter
- Packing tape or duct tape
Steps to Building Your Cat’s
Box Fort Dream House:
Step 1: Stockpile boxes.
Step 2: Cut the flaps off the top side of the boxes.
Step 3: Brainstorm a rough layout of the box fort before cutting any holes.
Step 4: Use the box cutter to cut entry holes into whichever boxes you choose.
Step 5: Line up entry holes to create long tunnels or larger cubbies.
Step 6: Tape boxes together. Be generous with your taping.
Step 7: Now that the first level of the box fort is complete, you can start building vertically. Just repeat Steps 2-6, and start stacking! Get creative! Just be careful not to build too high, or the fort might not be sturdy enough to support the weight of your cat.
Step 8: Have your cats complete the quality control inspection.
Step 9 : Enjoy!
The KCC Gang has been loving their Box Fort. It has been great environmental enrichment for them. A DIY Box Fort is also environmentally friendly, and it saves you the cost of having to buy an expensive cat tree! There’s no reason NOT to make one 🙂 So start saving up those boxes (if you don’t already have a pile left over from Christmas) and have some fun. Your cats will love you for it!
Have you ever made a box fort for your cats before? Did they absolutely love it?!