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What You'll Need

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

Step 1

 I got this TV tray for only $2.99 at our local thrift store. They had an additional 25% off on it too.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

I removed the metal brace.

Step 5

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)  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.

Step 6

Ok to help envision my teepee I lay the legs onto the tray. ( photo below)  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.

Step 7


Step 8

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.

Step 9

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

Step 10

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.

Step 11

Now all that’s left to do is attach it to the base ( tv tray).  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.

Step 12

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

Step 13

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.

Step 14

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

Step 15

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

Step 16

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.

Step 17

We got this string at Joanns in the ribbons sections.

Step 18

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.

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.

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. Happy Crafting!

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