How To Build An Adorable Collapsible Cat House

By Cuteness Team
cardboard cat house
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Things you'll need:

  1. Two large cardboard boxes
  2. Masking or other heavy-duty tape
  3. X-Acto knife
  4. Paint/paintbrushes, etc.
  5. Hot glue gun
  6. String type decorations

Step 1:

Lay box on side. Cut the up-facing side off, including the panel that folds to close the box.

cardboard cat house
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cardboard cat house
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Step 2:

Tape the flaps of the box together, by securing tape on inside of box. Then, flip box over to do the same on the outside of the flaps.

cardboard cat house
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cardboard cat house
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Step 3:

Remember the section of the box you cut out earlier? Get that out and line it up with your other box. You'll want to cut a piece out of the second box that is identical to your section — these two pieces will form the roof of the house.

cardboard cat house
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cardboard cat house
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Step 4:

Line pieces up and tape together on both sides. You might want to leave a teeny bit of space in between the pieces so they're able to fold.

cardboard cat house
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Step 5:

Time to attach your roof! Tape your roof piece to both sides of the open box top like so:

cardboard cat house
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cardboard cat house
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Step 6:

Now you're going to make cuts to the back of the house that will allow the house to fold flat. Using a craft or X-Acto knife, cut a straight line down the back panel (the one opposite the house opening).

cardboard cat house
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Continue cutting down the bottom of the box. Be sure to make your line as straight as possible. (Pro tip: If you have a yard stick or ruler to use as a guide, grab that.)

cardboard cat house
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Then, make cuts along the seam where the back side and bottom of the box meet.

cardboard cat house
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Step 7:

Time to tape again! Carefully apply tape to the incision at the back of the house, on both sides.

cardboard cat house
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Same thing for the bottom of the box.

cardboard cat house
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And on the inside of the bottom of the box. You'll want to make sure that you're taping up the sections separately. So, see where the bottom of the box and the back of the box meet? They shouldn't be stuck together.

cardboard cat house
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You should now be able to lay the house flat!

cardboard cat house
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Step 8:

Decorate! If you like, paint your house. (But it can also look cool unpainted if you have a cool color tape as the trim.)

cardboard cat house
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Once your house is totally dry, add trim to the front. Using a hot glue gun, attach a puffy strand at the corners of the roof to create cute "curtains."

cardboard cat house
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We also added wire-y star decorations, which are sure to be targets of play for kitty.

cardboard cat house
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Finally, make your house comfy-cozy by adding a blanket and pillow and voilà: Kitty's new favorite place!

cardboard cat house
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