Challenge Level 4: Master Crafter
This one’s for the crafting professionals. Of course, all are welcome to try, but we accept no responsibility for Chewy box craft fails. It’s time to make some bright, glitzy marquee letters.
Materials: Medium or large Chewy box, scissors or craft knife, marker or pen, masking tape or glue gun, bulb string lights, spray paint (glitter spray paint is best!) or multi-surface glitter glue, poster board
1. Draw the letters you want to make freehand on your Chewy box, or use a ruler to make block letters.
2. Measure to make sure they are the same height and width, and then carefully cut out the letters.
3. Use a craft knife to cut a small circle in every spot where you want a bulb (about the size of the bottom of the base of the bulb).
4. Get out the spray paint and glitter the cardboard like there’s no tomorrow. Or if you’re not so flashy, you can use any color spray paint, sans glitter. Let everything dry before the next step.
5. Cut out strips of poster board about 3 inches wide and tape enough of them together to form the border of each letter. These will go around the edges to give them a 3-D look.
6. Attach the strips to the edges with masking tape (or use a glue gun). Repeat with each strip until the letters are completely framed.
7. Unscrew each bulb, poke it through the holes in the front of your letter, and screw it into place on the back side.
8. When you’ve added all the bulbs, then you can tape the wires down with masking tape along the back side.
9. Turn on your marquee word art and let it shine!
Who knew a Chewy box could look so good? Well, we did, but now you do, too. Next time you stock up on Chewy pet food and Chewy pet supplies, you’ll know exactly what to do with the leftover Chewy box.
Nikki Naser, Pet Central Senior Editor
Instead of owning 30 cats, Nikki has an impressive collection of 30 cat-themed T-shirts, and just 4 pets—a ginger-haired senior cat, a senior Maine Coon, a middle-aged Choodle, and a young kitty who showed up one day on the back steps. A former Orlando resident, Nikki worked on several tourism publications before moving to South Beach. When she’s not stopping to take pics of community cats to post on Instagram, Nikki spends her time with the office pets at Chewy, writing for their Pet Central blog.