How to Make a Cat Scratching Post Out of Used Coffee Cans

How to Make a Cat Scratching Post Out of Used Coffee Cans

How to Make a Cat Scratching Post Out of Used Coffee Cans


Having a cat scratching post is essential for any cat owner. Not only does it protect your furniture from getting scratched up, but it also provides a designated area for your cat to scratch and stretch their claws. Used coffee cans are a cheap and easy material to repurpose into a homemade cat scratching post. With just a few simple materials and tools, you can make a sturdy scratching post that will keep your cat happy and entertained.

What You’ll Need

  • 5-10 empty coffee cans (or any similarly sized cans)
  • Strong adhesive (hot glue gun or industrial-strength glue)
  • Sisal rope or jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

Step 1: Clean and Prepare the Coffee Cans

Thoroughly wash and dry the used coffee cans to remove any food residue. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the cut rims of the cans that could hurt your cat. You can use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Optionally, you can spray paint the cans with acrylic paint in fun colors before assembling. Let the paint fully dry before moving to the next step.

Step 2: Begin Assembling the Scratching Post

Apply a generous amount of adhesive (hot glue or industrial-strength glue) to the bottom of one can and adhere it to the center of the base of another can.

Press the two cans together firmly for at least 30 seconds to ensure a tight bond.

Step 3: Continue Stacking the Cans

Continue stacking and gluing cans on top of each other in a pyramid design. Slightly offset each row so the cans interlock and create more stability.

Build at least 3 rows of cans, but feel free to make it taller depending on the size of your cat. The post should be sturdy enough not to tip over when your cat scratches it.

Step 4: Wrap the Post in Sisal Rope

Once the glue is completely dry, tightly wrap pieces of sisal rope or jute twine vertically around the stacked cans. Use the adhesive again to glue the end of the rope to the post.

Wrap until the cans are fully covered. Overlap the rope pieces slightly as you work your way around the post. This will create a rough, textured surface perfect for scratching.

Step 5: Add Decorative Touches (Optional)

To make your scratching post extra enticing, you can glue a toy or ball on the top for your cat to play with. Attaching a cardboard scratcher surface to the bottom or sides is also a good idea.

Get creative with paint, fabric scraps, feathers, bells, or anything else you think your cat will enjoy! Just ensure any additions are securely glued on.


Creating your own cat scratching post out of coffee cans is an easy, budget-friendly DIY project. The key steps are cleaning the cans, stacking them securely, covering them with sisal rope, and adding any fun decorative touches. Place the finished post in an area your cat frequents and reward them when they use it to encourage proper scratching behavior. Both you and your cat will love having this new enrichment item!