Meet Tod!

Hello Folks!! How’s your summer so far? This week I’m sharing how I made a DIY cat house!

We’re getting some nice warm days here in idaho and I’m excited to get started on some bigger wood projects! hint hint …live edge coffee table soon ( if I can get Tony’s help) !

Okay It’s definitely wedding session because I feel like I haven’t missed a weekend without a wedding in a while now! All my little cousins off getting married! Gosh time flies! LOL I know I’m totally random!

Speaking of weddings how many of you would like some ideas for wedding/party decor?Β  I’ve had a few ideas but haven’t really had a party to use the ideas on. LOLπŸ˜‚ ! We like to party last minute which means I usually never have time for decor!

Today I would like you to meet Tod our furriest family member.Β  Truth be told he never responds to Tod. Does your cat respond to his/her name?

DIY Cat House

Our friends have given him a handful of names that I thought were pretty clever! “Tuxedo” was one of them. Cute right?! He does look like he’s wearing a tuxedo though!Β  Why couldn’t we think of that name when we got him. Sometimes he gets called socks too because, duhπŸ˜‚ he’s wearing socks! Also didn’t realize that until a friend pointed it outπŸ™ˆ.Β  He’s a mellow cat and likes to sit around all day. Awwww the life of a cat! I envy it! Just kidding I’d die from boredomπŸ˜‚. Back to DIYS😬!

First attempt at this DIY Cat House

This cat tepee DIY wasn’t all smooth sailing! I had planned on using some of my fabric remnants left from previous projects however it wasn’t the prettiest sight. I spend a lot of time trying to make it work but, eventually finally gave in and went to the craft store. It wasn’t horrible but, somehow it kept looking like a real teepee more than I would of liked.Β  Going to the craft store wasn’t a bad thing though. I was super excited to go buy stuff LOL 😁!Β  Also I had full control of how I wanted it to look vs what I had to pick from at home.

Photo below shows my first attempt at this teepee cat house. I used burlap that I had left over. I even went the extra mile of painting the burlap white πŸ˜‘ ! Why though πŸ˜…?!!Β  It was good effort but, too shabby for my taste.

DIY Cat House

How the burlap looked on the teepee. ( yep that’s after I painted the burlap.. weird it still looks yellow)


DIY cat bed

Okay onto the good stuff!

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Time needed:

This took me too much time to make. LOLπŸ˜‚! Honestly with all the hiccups I’m not really sure how long it took. If I were to do it again this would probably take me no more than two hours. πŸ˜€

Total Cost: Around $25- $30

Majority of the cost for my was fabric.Β  This cost includes the pillow and cat scratcher too.



  • dowel
  • tv tray
  • screws
  • drill + impact drill
  • stain – optional ( used use a white wood stain you can get it here )
  • fabric for the teepee
  • string
  • hotglue ( I LOVE LOVE LOVE my ryobi glue gun. It’s WAY stronger than the electric mini ones. You can get one here )

Additional Options:

Cat Scratcher-

Cat Pillow-

How To Transform A Tv Tray Into A DIY Cat House!

I’ve been wanting to do more thrifted DIYs and this cat house couldn’t have come up at a more perfect time!

What Inspired Me

I new I needed a cat bed or house and after doing a quick search online I came across some super cute teepee style houses.Β  There were a few I had my eye on with a similar build to the one I made. DONE DEAL, I thought!! 1″x2″s from home depot would work great but, than I remembered thatΒ  I’ve been wanting to upcycle more.Β  That’s when my hunt for the perfect thrift flip started! I surfed the web first googling random things and finally remembered about these tv trays. I had this image in my head ” them folding” and I figured if I could just change the position of the screws for the fold and flip it upside down than we have a WINNER!!!Β  Sounds easy right! I ended up having to add a few more steps to get the look I was going for but, it’s still super easy.Β  I got this TV tray for only $2.99 at our local thrift store. They had an additional 25% off on it too.

diy cat bed

Taking Apart The TV Tray!

To start off I gave the tv tray a good scrub with clorox.


diy teepee

Than to start the DIY cat house I undidΒ  the screw that was holding the legs together and started taking apart the bottom of the tv tray.

DIY Cat House

DIY Cat House

I removed the metal brace.

diy teepee

Here’s what it should look like once you take apart the screw that holds the legs together. ( assuming yours looks very similar to mine if you’re making one)Β  One side of the legs were still attached to the table and the other had a dowel at the bottom and a wood bar at the top. ( as shown in the photo below)

DIY cat house

I apologize in advance if there’s any confusion. There was a lot of unexpected changes I’ll try my best to explain the steps clearly. Also here’s a quick video to help.

Ok to help envision my teepee I lay the legs onto the tray. ( photo below)Β  The tv tray is also position so you can see the narrow side facing the photo. I eventually ended up flipping the whole bottom tv tray sideways to make the teepee wider. Hope that makes sense.

DIY Cat House

Creating The Top Portion of your Tepee!

DIY teepee

Here’s an example showing where the dowel will go once you remove the legs.

Okay to create the top portion you’ll need to make two sets of similar legs. To do this you’ll need to remove the legs that are attached to the tray and add a dowel in the center. ( dowel doesn’t come with the tray you’ll need to get one) I pre-drilled holes in the dowel than secured it with screws.


Removing the legs from the tray!

DIY Cat House

DIY dog House

Okay here’s a photo showing what everything looked before I was ready to assemble it again. LOLπŸ™ˆ! I don’t why I’m having such a hard time explaining the steps for this DIY.

pet house

Attaching the Tepee to base!

Now take the legs from the tv tray with the dowels side down and align the top. Pre-drill a hole and secure the wood with a screw. Do this to both sides of the legs.

DIY Cat House

DIY Cat House

Now all that’s left to do is attach it to the base ( tv tray).Β  Position the dowels on the outer sides of the wood blocks that are attached to your tv tray. Than pre-drill holes in the dowel before securing them with screws.

DIY Cat House

DIY teepee

DIY Cat House

I used this white antique wood stain to even out all the yellow tones in the wood. This stuff is amazing!! ( you can get it here ) I use it for all my projects that have to much yellow in the wood.

DIY teepee


Attaching Fabric to your tepee to Complete the DIY CAT HOUSE!

Cut your fabric to fit the width of your teepee. Make sure you have enough to wrap around the bottom on both sides for stapling. Somewhere around the middle of this long strip of fabric cut two slits on the edges measuring at about 1 inch.

DIY dog house

Than drape your fabric over the tepee making sure the slits are in the middle at the top. DIY teepee

Pet house

Stretch the fabric tightly and secure it at the bottom with staples. Cut off whatever is extra.

teepeeFinishing Touches on the Cat house!

To get neater edges on the slits I folded them in and hot glued some string inside. I did this on both sides and tied it into a bow.

diy tent

We got this string at Joanns in the ribbons sections.

DIY cat bed

Optional : Cat Scratcher!

To make the cat scratcher I used some scrap plywood and glued a piece of dowel at the top. Than I hot glued some jute rope onto the back side and wrapped the rope tightly around the wood. It’s really easy to make.

DIY Cat House

diy cat house

DIY Cat House

Okay here it is all done!! Tod is such a cutie! He’s not yet used to the teepee but I think it’s growing on him.

DIY Cat House

Here’s the scratch board. It can also be removed and displayed on the floor. I love that about it!

DIY Cat House

A photo showing how the scratch board attaches to the tepee.

DIY Cat House

I even made him a little label that goes on his scratch board.DIY Cat House

An of course we couldn’t go without some fun toys for him. We got these cat bells at the dollar tree. πŸ˜„

DIY Cat House

DIY Cat House

And Tod getting in on the action!! OMG πŸ˜‚ He looks like a panther in this first photo. Don’t you think?

cat house

DIY Cat House

That’s it for today!! I really hope this inspires you to make your own DIY cat house or teepee! It could work for dogs too or other pets you have.Β  I’ll see you all next week! Happy Crafting!


πŸ€—, Lily