cat sitting on top of cardboard cat castle

DIY cardboard box crafts for your cat

If you’re a cat owner, you know how much cats love exploring and playing with new things. One common item we often overlook when it comes to cat entertainment is the humble cardboard box. Those empty packaging boxes from online orders can actually be transformed into delightful playtime opportunities for your feline friend.

Therefore, in this blog post, we’ll share some ingenious and cat-approved DIY cardboard box crafts to repurpose them, ensuring your kitty stays entertained while you reduce waste.

DIY cat castle from cardboard

Look at Your Majesty! Transforming large paper boxes into a magnificent cat castle is super easy to do, and your princess or prince will love it.

Cat enthroned on crafted cardboard castle

Cut out windows and doors, and decorate the exterior with cardboard ornaments (although that’s more for us humans). However, if you want to paint the castle, check whether the color is safe for your cat, and voila! Your cat will have her very own royal retreat to explore and nap in. Add cozy blankets or cushions inside to make it extra inviting.

Cardboard whack-a-mole box

Get a box that is smaller than your cat so she can whack the top. Cut holes in its top, and remove one wall, creating a game of “whack-a-mole” for your curious cat. She will love to try to catch the toy you let peek through the holes.

cat plays with cardboard craft

This interactive toy provides mental stimulation and encourages your cat’s natural hunting instincts. But be careful when using your own fingers 🙀 and don’t forget to reward your kitty. She’ll need a reward for feeling confident about being a successful hunter.

Cat maze cardboard box craft

cat looks out of cat maze cardboard craft

You’ll need space for this one but imagine your cats’ surprise when they find an exciting cardboard maze for them to explore! Cut openings between boxes and arrange them in different configurations to form tunnels and pathways. Place treats or toys at various points within the maze to encourage exploration and reward your cat’s curiosity.

Classic cardboard box

Probably every cat owner has tried this DIY already which is the easiest on our list today. Nonetheless, as an all-time classic, it deserves a place on a list for DIY cardboard box crafts.

Easiest cardboard box craft ever, the classic box

Cut out a hole in a paper box (or rip off the top), then place it so the hole is on the side of the box. Create a cozy hiding spot for your cat by lining the inside with a soft blanket or cushion. This new room will offer your cat a sense of security. Safe and secluded, your cat can observe and pounce on toys or playmates.

Puzzle box

cat nibbles on cardboard box craft

Challenge your cat’s problem-solving skills by creating a puzzle box from cardboard. Cut small, different-sized holes in a paper box and place treats or toys inside. Your cat will have to figure out how to extract the goodies by batting and maneuvering the items through the openings. This game will engage her cognitive abilities and provide hours of entertainment.


With a little creativity and some basic crafting skills, you can transform ordinary cardboard boxes into extraordinary playtime experiences for your cat. Not only will these crafted DIY projects keep your feline friend entertained, but they also offer an eco-friendly solution for repurposing packaging materials. So, the next time you receive a delivery, don’t throw away the box – unleash your imagination and create a delightful experience for your beloved cat.

Don’t forget to share this post with your friends to give them a chance to try some of the DIY ideas, too.

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