Computer Monitor Cat Bed

Click here to see computer monitor cat beds by AtomicAttic on Etsy.com.

Did you just do a double-take, kid makers? It’s an old computer monitor, emptied of its parts and filled instead with a pillow and cat!

This cool reuse idea is catching on in the blogosphere and we found several examples. The coolest are for sale at the Atomic Attic Etsy Store (Etsy is an online marketplace for makers and crafters.)

But it’s always more fun to make one yourself, so click here for instructions!  If you don’t have an old computer monitor or TV at your house, check a nearby thrift store. As CRT monitors are being replaced with newer, slimmer LCD screens, this is a great way to upcycle something old into something useful.

One of the most fun parts of this project …

is that while you’re making it you ALSO learn what’s inside a monitor and how they work! Click here for a fascinating look at the technology inside CRT monitors. If it makes you curious, find an adult helper and a screwdriver and make your own computer monitor cat bed!

SAFETY NOTE: Find an adult to do this project with you, as the insides of monitors can be sharp and small, and even old capacitors can hold an electrical charge. See the instructions for tips.

© 2012 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

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