How To Make A Traffic Cone Scratching Post

By Trisha Sprouse

Caution: major cuteness zone ahead! This traffic cone will stop you in your tracks when you see how easy it is to transform into an ultra chic scratching post. Not only do the colorful pom-poms serve as total eye candy for kitty, but they also add a playful dose of style to your space.

Two cats playing with traffic cone scratching post
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Things You'll Need

  • Traffic cone
  • Cotton rope, 50 yards
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Pom-poms

Tip: You can pick up a traffic cone at any big-box home improvement store. I used cotton rope that is 5mm wide and found it in the cording aisle of my local craft store, but you could also use sisal rope.

Traffic cone scratching post next to a couch
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 1:

Start gluing the rope at the base of the cone. Be sure to use a hefty glob of glue to secure the rope's end. Then run a line of hot glue 2 to 3 inches along the base of the cone and press the rope into the glue before it cools.

Gluing rope to traffic cone
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Continue gluing and wrapping the rope in 2- to 3-inch segments around the cone.

Gluing rope to traffic cone
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 2:

Be sure to push the rows of rope down firmly as you glue each new row, to ensure there are no gaps.

Pressing down on the rows of rope
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When you get to the top of the cone, cut off the excess rope and glue it in place.

Cutting off excess rope
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Step 3:

Now for the fun part! You can pick up a bag of pom-poms at your craft store, or you can easily . I couldn't find pom-poms in the color scheme I wanted, so I made my own.

Colorful pom-poms
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Glue a row of pom-poms around the base of the cone. A small dab of hot glue is all you need for each pom-pom.

Gluing pom-poms to scratching post
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Stagger the rows as you work your way up the cone.

Gluing pom-poms to scratching post
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 4:

Give the finished cone a spritz of catnip spray and be prepared to direct traffic when the kitties pounce on their new scratching post!

Cat laying on traffic cone scratching post
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Share a photo of your traffic-cone scratching post in the comments section!