How to Make a Cardboard Cat House

How to Make a Cardboard Cat House

How to Make a Cardboard Cat House


A cardboard cat house is an inexpensive and easy way to create a cozy hideaway for your feline friend. Cardboard can be shaped and decorated in endless ways to make a cute little home that your cat will enjoy napping in. With just a few supplies and some simple instructions, you can make a cute and functional cardboard cat house!

Gather Your Supplies

To make your cardboard cat house, you will need:

  • Cardboard boxes – Collect various sizes like shoe boxes, cereal boxes, delivery boxes etc. The sturdier the cardboard the better. Avoid very thin cardboard.

  • Utility knife – To cut the cardboard into the shapes and sizes you need.

  • Ruler – Helpful for measuring pieces as you cut them.

  • A pencil – To sketch out shapes and designs.

  • Scissors – Helpful for cutting out details.

  • Hot glue gun – To firmly adhere all the pieces together.

  • Acrylic paint and/or markers – To decorate the outside of the house.

  • Paintbrushes

  • Sandpaper (optional) – To smooth any rough edges.

Design Your Cat House

Before you start constructing, think about what size and shape you want the house to be. Consider where the entrance should go and if you want to add any windows or other decorative details. You can keep the design simple with a basic square or rectangular box. Or get creative with shapes like a triangle, circle, dome etc.

Sketch out some options on paper before you start cutting. Think about the size of your cat and make sure there is ample room for them to enter, sit, lie down and turn around comfortably inside.

Cut Out the Pieces

Using your sketched design as a guide, use the utility knife to cut out pieces from the cardboard. Cut panels for each side, the top, bottom and any decorative shapes. You may need to use scissors for curved edges.

For added durability, consider making the floor double layered by cutting two bottom pieces the same size.

Remember to leave an opening for the entrance that is wide and tall enough for your cat. Cut a hole in one of the side pieces.

Construct the Frame

Once all the pieces are cut out, you can start assembling them. Work on a flat surface and use the hot glue gun to firmly adhere the pieces together.

Start by gluing the front, back and side pieces into a rectangular box shape. Then attach the floor piece(s) and the roof. You may want to test fit the pieces first before permanently gluing.

If you have any decorative pieces, like a porch, windows, etc. glue them on last.

Add Finishing Touches

Now for the fun part! Use acrylic paint, markers, construction paper, fabric scraps etc. to decorate the cat house however you like.

Paint the whole exterior a fun color like pink or turquoise. Use markers or paint to add details like polka dots, stripes, cat faces or floral designs. Glue on any extra materials like a carpet scrap at the entrance or ribbons around the roof.

Let the paint fully dry before your cat uses it. Consider adding a sealant if needed.

Place the House in a Cozy Spot

Find a quiet spot to put the cardboard cat house where your cat can nap undisturbed. Elevate it slightly off the ground by placing it on a stool or box. Cats like to be up high.

Place a soft blanket or towel inside for added comfort. Consider filling the bottom with cushion stuffing. Monitor your cat using it at first in case any adjustments need to be made.

Additional Tips

  • Use only non-toxic paint and glue that is safe if ingested.

  • Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper to prevent injury.

  • Start with a simple design for your first house. Later you can make more elaborate houses.

  • If it will be placed outside, seal the house with waterproof varnish.

  • Entice your cat to the house with treats and praise. Rub catnip on it.

With a little time and creativity, you can make a unique cardboard house your cat will adore. Have fun crafting and decorating a special space just for your feline friend!