The streets in Sharm,Egypt are overrun by stray/wild cats... and dogs, for that matter. So much that some horribly cruel people (some claim it's the government) regularly drop poison to curb the numbers. Anyway, one evening, when my husband opened the front door, the sweetest little guy walked into our flat, and simply refused to return to his mommy outside in the street! So, now we have this unplanned baby to care for....
Aside from a crocheted mouse, this was my first piece of craftiness for Tinker....
I simply used an empty box, attached an aluminium foil inner tube for a pole, papermached the whole thing once to add a little strength, after which I punched a whole in the side, and filled it with some beach sand. Used some strong resin based glue to cover it with canvas, and wound some rope around the 'pole'. Crocheted a semi-ball-thingy with a bell at the bottom, and voila!
I was really worried that the whole design might be a little flimsy, as it did some wiggling around, so I added some more rope at the base, and once all the glue had dried, there was no more wiggling. A month later, and vigorous hourly attacks from the little monster, surprisingly it is fine!
The base of the pole, a little blurry... I had to glue scraps of canvas to the ends of the cotton rope to prevent fraying edges.
He loves it!!