I’m back with an all new DIY tutorial :D So excited about this one because it turned out so great! To all the crafty cat owners out there, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own DJ Cat Scratching Deck from scratch! :) I’ve seen this one various times over the internet and wanted to get my hands on one for Tiny for so long but it was too expensive for a cardboard scratching post :( So I made my own, and now you can too! Let’s get started!
Materials you’ll need:
The good thing about this thing is that it is entirely made out of recycled materials that you can find around the house. If you can’t, you can easily substitute them with anything that’s available. Here’s what I used.
- One square cardboard box or box’s cover/lid (This is going to be the deck)
- Cardboard cut-outs (one large or multiple pieces of cardboard you can trim into pieces)
- Glue gun + lots of the glue sticks
- Cutting knife
- Bottle caps
- Pen cap
So here’s how to do it:
- Draw a circle to approximate where the “CD” would go, and then a smaller circle marking where the needle would sit. You can use anything circular lying around to help you.
I used my trash can.
- Start cutting out your cardboard. Measure how much you want the CD to stand up and how long you want your cut-outs to be. The shorter (length) the better, since you’ll use them to shape a circle. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pentagon. Your measurements won’t necessarily be like mine since we’re not using the same boxes for the decks, but my CD stands at about 3.5 cm high and the lengths of them varied as I moved on. I’ll explain more in the next step. Make sure that the wiggly side of the cardboard (The one that looks like waves) is the one facing up like so, because that will be the scratching material for your cat :)
- Glue on your cut-outs. The more you glue and the deeper you fill in the circle, you’ll need to trim the lengths of them to avoid any gaps, or you can bend them a little, but avoid bending too much or you’ll ruin the “waves”.
- Time to assemble the needle. I’m not a DJ, so I don’t know what it’s called :P I stacked up some bottle caps, glued them together, then glued the tip of a pencil into the pen cap and stuck it on the bottle caps and the CD.
- Now the fun part begins: Painting! You’re practically done at this point. Just paint the CD corners black and play around with the rest. I wanted mine to look semi-realistic, so I kept the deck’s colors grey, but it’s all up to you.
- Decorate it! You can use stickers, print-outs or even paint stuff on to make it look nice!
- And Tada! You have yourself a DJ Cat Scratching Deck :D
Doesn’t it look just lovely? If you guys get to make your own, send me some of your creations, I’d love to see ‘em!
That’s all for today, stay tuned for more updates!
Until next time,
– Reem AlHashmi