Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bulb Box to Dog Bed

I admit it freely....I pamper my animals. I've had other projects focusing on my cat, Danny....for instance, his kitty cushion. I've also used some of Danny's hair to make a felted mouse but that was less pampering and more *productive grooming*. Bottom line: I do focus some crafty attention on my animal friends. It's Chloe the Boston Terriers turn!!

This little doggie bed is made from a basic bulb crate that my given to me by my Mother-in-law. Once I saw the crate I could *feel* it's potential. Finally it occured to me how to use it. Here is how to make this cozy dog bed. You'll need:

Wooden Crate
Wooden balls(4 large, 4 small....they should each have a flat spot on them for glueing down)
Wood Glue
Hand Saw
White Paint
Thin Scrap Wood
Styrofoam (the size of the inside of the bed)

~Use a saw to trim the top (front facing) board, making 2 cuts, to create a small doorway. 
~Take a piece of thin scrap wood and glue it vertically to either side of the doorway....for support. Like this:
~Sand down the edges of the crate, you'll need a flat spot to glue down the wooden balls. 
~Start glue the 4 large balls to the 4 bottom corned of the crate. These are the feet. 

~Allow the feet to dry and then flip over the crate and glue the four smaller balls to the corners you have sanded down. 
Chloe couldn't wait for the bed to be finished....she had to try it out. :-)

~Once all the glue is dry, begin painting. 
~Paint every part of the crate. Once it is fully dry, use some sand paper to distress it if you like. 
~Put a piece of thin styrofoam in the bottom of the crate, to give it a perfectly flat surface.
~Put a nice soft pillow, some comfy blankets, fleece, etc. in the crate to finish it up.
Now all Chloe needs to do is to keep Danny from sneaking her bed away.....

UPDATE: YAY!!! This project was featured on My Backyard Eden!!

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