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Up to scratch

My cat Boycie's scratching post has seen better days, but I couldn't find a replacement in the shops that was big enough for him. Then my partner Rob had an idea. We had some leftover pipe in the garage, so he drilled a hole in the top, threaded sisal string from a hardware shop through and knotted it securely, before widning it around the pole. Then I slotted a fluffy golf sock over the top to finish it off. Boycie loves his extra-tall scratching post. 

 

Jenna Greenwood, Melbourne Close, Middlesbrough, N Yorks
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A crate read

I bought some satsumas and liked the wooden crate they came in. I painted it blue and attached some decorative stickers. I use it as a lovely bookshelf and it looks great in my living room. 

 

Linda Keen, Nesfield Way, Sheffield S5
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Fitting on the fence

I had a child's sandpit that was no longer being used. I sprayed it green, cut holes in it with my jigsaw and attached plywood to the back with screws and nuts. Then I filled it with compost and screwed it to the fence, before filling it with busy Lizzie plants. Now I have an unusual planter and when the flowers bloom, it's a mass of colour. 

Linds Wilkinson, Beck Road, Everthorpe, E Yorks
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