Upcycled Simple DIY Cat TeePee From TV Tray

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

If you’re a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we’ll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray! If you haven’t noticed indoor TeePee’s are all the rage now and have been around for kids for quite some time such as this kids teepee tent. It ends up cats LOVE them as much as kids! We made the one below using an old TV tray and a king size pillow case! As we have several kitties in our home you can always find one of them in it.  We’ve always had at least one cat in our home plus at least one dog. Such as “Auggie the pencil Cat” or “Love Cat” both of which have posts on here. If you have both we have some excellent puppy posts also such as Oliver Sprout & Free Potty Training Puppy Chart and How to Potty Train a Dog to Use a Bell & How to Make One!  

Cat TeePee Supplies

Instructions

 

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Remove all screws from TV tray except for the ones holding on the 2 pieces of wood running along the shorter sides of the table top.  These will be used to attach the legs back on later.  Discard any additional wood pieces.If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Separate legs from table top If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

If your TV tray is missing a connecting rod for one set of legs, like ours was, you need to create one.  This is where the dowel comes in.  Measure (square or round dowel) to the same size as the side with the legs that are still attached together.
If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Cut the dowel.
If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Screw the cut dowel into place as shown between the two legs, using the holes that are already there.  Don’t worry about the other bar connecting the first set of legs.  Only one set needs this piece.If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Flip the table top face down on the floor, showing the remaining two wood pieces we left running along the short ends of the table top. Screw the cut dowel piece as shown. (its already screwed into the legs on the ends)

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Screw the matching bars at the end of each set of legs into the two wood pieces running along the short ends of the table top. Be sure to screw them to the outside of these and not the inside, so that the teepee covers the full tabletop piece. Pre-drill the screw holes if you are working with thicker screws. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Once they are attached to the table top, lean them together to form the teepee.If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Once you are happy with the angle, screw the top crossing points of the legs together on both sides.  Again, it is recommended to pre-drill these holes so that you don’t crack or split the wood. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

You can paint the stand if desired. We kept ours plain. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Lay out the pillow case and cut off the two seams running along the longest edges of the case.  Do not cut the seam on the short end of the pillow case. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Drape the pillow case over the teepee frame with the one remaining seam running along the top of the frame. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Fold the edges up equally on both sides so that the case lies smoothly between the legs of the teepee. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Cut through the part of the top seam of the pillow case that is folded over, allowing it to lay flat. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Place a staple in the top of the teepee to hold the pillow case in place as you attach it.

Wrap the edges of the pillow case around the base of the teepee and staple underneath. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

Wrap the other edges around the front and back of the teepee legs and staple into place. Cut away any remaining fabric. If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!Add any decorations, tassels, pom poms, or flourishes you want. Place a blanket (we used a faux sheepskin rug) or pillow inside and you’re good to go!
If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

We used some eucalyptus leaves we had on hand and a large pom pom for added décor.If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

If you're a cat person (or looking for an awesome gift for someone who is) we'll show you how easy it is to make a DIY cat teepee from an old TV tray!

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Skip Foy

    Could you get the same result by changing the pivot point where the legs meet either up or down depending on the size of the pet. And then cutting off the extra length of the legs? Placing a screw in the sliding bar to keep it stationary. Remove the metal strap under the table top. Then cover as you outlined.

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