How To Make A Chic Cat Hammock From A Cardboard Box

Create a cozy nook for kitty with a colorful hammock they can curl up in for cat naps. It gives them a little perch, a little canopy and a little open air scenery all in one — what more could kitty want?

Cat laying in hammock
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Things You'll Need

  • Large box
  • Box cutter
  • Painter's tape
  • Tape measure
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Non-toxic craft paint
  • Craft glue (optional)
DIY Kitty Hammock

Finally! Your kitty has a place to just sit back and relax. 😜

Posted by Cuteness on Friday, November 24, 2017

Step 1

Tape the box closed on the top and bottom.

Taping box shut
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Step 2

Cut a large opening on all sides of the box. I left a 2-inch border around the sides of my box, but cut out the rest to maximize the "open air" feel.

Four sides cut out of box
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Step 3

Paint the box with non-toxic craft paint. You don't technically have to paint the box, but if you want to cover up any text or logos — and if you want a cute hammock — then opt for paint.

Painting the box
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Step 4

While the paint dries, cut out a square of fabric that measures 4 inches longer on all sides than the bottom of the box. I found this adorable cat graphic pattern at the fabric store and couldn't resist!

Cutting a fabric square
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Step 5

Cut a 3-inch slit in all four corners of the fabric square.

3-inch slit cut in corner of fabric
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Step 6

Cut slits in all corners of the box.

Cutting slits in corner of box
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Step 7

Pull the fabric through the slits in the box and tie a tight double knot in each corner.

Pulling fabric through slits in box
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Step 8

Again, this is optional, but for some extra cuteness, hang some yarn fringe around the top of the hammock with either glue or tape.

Adding yarn fringe to hammock
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Place it in quiet corner and watch kitty sink into the comfort of his very own hammock.

Cat sitting in hammock
credit: Trisha Sprouse

How about more adorable DIY projects for your pet? Start with this guide to making a stylish litter box for your cat and then scroll through the step-by-step tutorial on how to make a dog bed from an old suitcase.