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Holiday Christmas Cat House

This hand-crafted, cardboard cat house is the puuurrrfect gift for your special fur baby! Recycle the boxes from your online orders to create a cozy haven for your favorite cat.

At a Glance:

Project #15712 Skill Level: Advanced

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Bimini Blue, 2 oz. - 21482

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Flag Red, 2 oz. - 21469

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - White, 2 oz. - 20503

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Holly Branch, 2 oz. - 21478

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - New Shamrock, 2 oz. - 21479

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Apple Barrel ® Colors - Bright Yellow, 2 oz. - 20513

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FOLKART TRANSFER PAPER, 18.25" X 24", 1 PC (DISC)

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FolkArt ® Glitterific™ Acrylic Paint - Clear Hologram, 2 oz. - 5874

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Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

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Mod Podge ® Clear Acrylic Sealer - Matte, 12 oz. - 1469

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Other Supplies

  • Large cardboard box
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun
 

Project Patterns and Printables

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instructions

  1. At the top of the box, note that there are two long flaps and two shorter flaps. Cut each of the shorter flaps into triangles- or a roof shape. See project photo for reference.
  2. Close the two longer flaps to meet the edges of the roof shaped flaps. Use hot glue to adhere the edges. More cardboard (scraps) may need to be added to these pieces to ensure they meet with each other at the top and create a shape like the roof of a house. See project photo for reference.
  3. Spray several light coats of Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte onto the entire surface of the cardboard box. Let the sealer dry well and allow any fumes to dissipate. This will keep the raw cardboard from buckling due to the moisture in the paint.
  4. Print the Holiday Cat House Template from plaidonline.com. Use Transfer Paper to transfer these shapes to the cardboard house. Follow the layout of the example project or choose your own placement of the doors, windows and trees.
  5. Using brushes from the FolkArt Artist Variety brush set and Apple Barrel paints, paint each of the transferred shapes on the box. Add details like shingles using the template provided, as well as snow to the peaks of each of the shapes.
  6. Apply Glitterific in Clear Hologram to the snow-capped areas to give it an icy, sparkly look.
  7. Using a craft knife, cut a flap around the painted door to allow your pet to enter their new home.
 

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Yes, Apple Barrels paints can be mixed to create a new color value or hue. 
Yes, Apple Barrel Paints are perfect for school projects – they are the best paint on the market to paint on Styrofoam! Apple Barrel Paints are also perfect for “mom and me” projects or for the general basic crafter.
Yes, you can use Apple Barrel paint on plaster. However, because plaster is very porous and sometimes dusty, you will need to first seal the piece with a clear acrylic matte spray sealer.
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Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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