Cats always go for the cheap cat toys, so why buy expensive ones at the store? After a little digging around on Pinterest, I found 7 DIY cat projects that I just have to try.  These projects are all pretty inexpensive and many of them involve re-purposing old items that you don’t use any more. I’m a crafty person, but I prefer projects that don’t require any power tools or real sewing know-how. My plan is to try one of these this week and show you all the results on Friday (whether is a win or a fail).

1. Peek-a-boo Box

Just put treats or a toy inside and let your kitty exercise his/her mind by figuring out how to push the toy or treat out of the box.

Instructions can be found at http://www.meeoow.com/diy-peek-a-boo-cat-toy/

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest Peek-a-boo Box

Image courtesy of www.meeoow.com

2. No-Sew Pet Bed

I’ve made no-sew blankets before, so I think this one would be easy. Since felt comes in so many different colors and patterns, the possibilities are endless.

Instructions can be found at http://pets.squidoo.com/how-to-make-a-no-sew-pet-bed

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Pet Bed

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3. Sweater Cat Bed

This seems like a great way to make a cat bed too! There is a little less variety with this than there is with the felt no-sew bed, but the cats may like that it smells like me.

Instructions can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watchv=6Wa2D6QaYEg&list=LL1s0HOVUcfTUEdffl0xiQJw&feature=share&index=17

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Sweater Cat Bed

Screenshot from Tatiana Ambrose’s Instructional video (link above)

4. Party Maker (Wand Toy)

My cats love toys like this! At this price, I can afford to let them destroy a few of them 🙂

Instructions can be found at http://www.friskies.com/Diy-Toys/the-partymaker

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Friskies Party Maker Wand Toy

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5. Knotty Spider

Cinco and Manna are milk-ring junkies. I’m not sure if they would like the addition of tassels or not, but it would be fun to try.

Instructions can be found at http://www.friskies.com/Diy-Toys/knotty-spider

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Friskies Knotty Spider

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6. Cardboard Cat Chase Lounge

This is just too cute. I can imagine decorating it and maybe even adding a little pillow.

Instructions can be found at http://www.moderncat.net/2008/08/30/diy-cardboard-cat-chaise-complete-with-a-pattern/

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Cardboard Chase Lounge

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7.  Cat Tent

Yet another awesome way to re-purpose an old item of clothing! I’m sure my shy guy, Cinco, would love to have a tent of his own to hide in.

Instructions can be found at http://www.goodshomedesign.com/creative-idea-cat-diy-cat-tent/

DIY Cat Projects from Pinterest DIY Cat Tent

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Do you have a favorite DIY cat project?