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By Grace Bonney and Kate Pruitt

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Cat Scratching Pad
Photo Peter Ardito

Cat Scratching Pad

Pretty paper-covered cardboard molded into a fish shape will lure felines away from furniture legs.

Perfect for...
Any cat owner in your family

What You'll Need

  • About 60 square feet of cardboard (three 4-foot-by-6-foot sheets plus a roll of 4-inch-wide corrugated wrap or cut-up old boxes)
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Decorative paper
  • Spray adhesive

How to Make It
1. Cut two sheets of the cardboard into 4-inch strips.
2. To make the fish's body, bend one strip at its corrugated ridges until it starts to curl. (If you're using the corrugated roll, skip this step.) Shape the strip into a small oval and then wrap the strips around it again and again, applying a dab of hot glue whenever you start or end a strip and between layers every few rounds. Continue until the oval is 16 inches in diameter.
3. To make the tail, bend a strip of cardboard into a small triangle and add more strips until the triangle is 10 inches wide on each side.
4. Cut 3 inches off one end of the triangle and glue tail to body.
5. Cut three lengths of cardboard (16, 12 and 8 inches), fold each in half to make a crease, then position them at the front of the oval to create the fish's mouth. Glue the ends to the body. Fill the opening with smaller folded pieces of cardboard.
6. Glue long strips around the outside of the entire fish until you have two layers.
7. Trace the finished fish shape on the uncut piece of cardboard, cut it out and glue to underside.
8. Apply decorative paper to the outside edge of the scratch pad with spray adhesive.

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