-old side table that was ready to be thrown out
-potted fake tree that had seen better days
-drill and 1" drill bit
-piece of scrap wood
-hot glue gun
Here's how I did it:
I wanted to use only items I already had. So, I found an old side table that was stuck in the corner of an upstairs playroom. It wasn't being used much and was pretty ugly. Perfect.
I drilled two large holes in the top. The largest drill bit I had was 1" - and not big enough, so I ended up drilling several one inch holes right next to eachother to make two large flower shaped holes (see photo).
I poked the tree branches right through the burlap & table holes and straight down through the bottom wicker shelf of the table.
I wrapped sisal rope around one of the bottom tree branches for scratching and the project was finished. It seriously took just a little over an hour - start to finish.
My cat absolutely loves it. When I showed it to her, she immediately started scratching on the burlap and then climbed up into the tree and started batting the branches.
This was so much easier than I thought it would be and turned out so much better looking than I had expected.
As it sits in the corner - you can't really tell that it's a cat tree unless you know what you're looking for. It mostly just looks like part of the house decor. No cat ladies here!