Make a CatRack




About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

I recently found an old pattern for a cat hanging on a hat or coat rack. I thought it would be fun to make a few of them and use different kind of cats as subjects. You can put your cat on it if you have a picture to go by, or are good enough artist to draw and paint your cat onto the pattern. At any rate, I have written this instructable to enable you to make your own if you so choose.


Step 1: Materials and Tools

Corrugated cardboard (or wood of your choice...can be plywood, solid pine, etc.)
Pine board, 2 3/4 x 11in.
Acrylic paints (colors of your choosing.)
Paper for pattern(s)

Step 2: Make Pattern for Head, Feet and Body

Following the pictures, draw pattern on a piece of paper. I used a piece 11x11 inches for the body and rack board, for the head, the size is 7 1/2 x 6 1/2in. The feet are cut out of pieces that are 5 1/2in.x 2 1/2in.

Step 3: Using Patterns, Draw Parts on Your Cardboard

Using the patterns you have made from the previous step, draw the parts on the cardboard you are going to use. If you want a much stronger rack, use 1/4 or even 1/2in plywood. I like to reuse cardboard, and it seems to hold up pretty well.

Step 4: Cut Parts Out on Bandsaw

I use a bandsaw as it is so much faster. You can use a scrool saw, of course, and I think scissors and/or a box cutter could be used, it would just be more of a challenge.

Step 5: Paint Your Cat

I paint the parts separately before final assembly. Use the examples in the introduction step, or paint in the colors of your choice.

Step 6: Paint Eyes

A short art lesson may be in on each picture and read image notes.

Step 7: Sample Eyes Up Close

Sample eyes are shown to give you an idea of how the eyes are painted. Practice on paper or cardboard, and after doing a few you will be ready to finish the cat eyes.

Step 8: Paint Nose and Feet

Using pink first, base coat nose and feet pad. When dry, use burnt sienna in a dilute wash to add a little brown to the pink areas. Using a sideloaded brush, ring the pink/brown areas.

Step 9: Assemble Parts to Complete Project.

Final assembly is done by gluing with white glue, weighing down with rocks or tiles, and letting set until dry. Overnight is more than sufficient for complete drying.



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    8 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Замечательная идея !!! Вы молодец !!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable, and SUCH a cute kitty. One question--could one adapt it to accept marbles (say, catseyes) for eyes? I really want to try this one.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I like your paintings. I can't paint that good. I would heave to fix the pattern,. my cat's really fat. =D It will be a chubby coat rack. How would we use a picture of our cat? o_0

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Take the picture, make a life-sized print of the head, cut that out and mount it to your piece of cardboard. then paint the rest of the body to match. Piece of cake! Cman.