A lockdown shopaholic turns delivery boxes into CARS for her cat – including an ambulance and the Jurassic Park jeep.
Like many during lockdown, Jen Price, 29, and her boyfriend marketing manager Niall Sullivan, 31, have entertained themselves with online shopping.
After noticing their cat Toltex, 10, enjoyed playing inside them, they began to turn the leftover boxes into cars for him.
Jen has repurposed the boxes each time, making a tank, a Jurassic Park jeep and even an ambulance to thank key workers.
The greeting card designer from Bracknell said: “Because I was bored in quarantine, I got really into TikTok – I loved seeing all the silly cat and dog videos on there, like I saw a really funny video of a cat walking down a runway with some little sunglasses on.
“My sister tagged me in an article on Facebook of people so bored in quarantine, they’ve been making cardboard tanks for their cats out of cardboard boxes.
“So she tagged me in that saying ‘you should make one for you cat,’ so that’s how it started.
“We’ve ordered so much stuff online since quarantine, we’ve got quite a few boxes around.
She added: “T absolutely loves cardboard boxes anyway – when I’m working inside on my dining table, if I’ve got a cardboard box, he’ll just jump in it.
“He absolutely loves it – he falls asleep in them.”
For the tank, the pair used a H&M cardboard box for the base, and other leftover cardboard for the details.
For the ambulance and jeep, she repurposed each previous car.
Jen would spend more than two hours every night for a week building each.
She said: “I did a bit each night so it didn’t feel like it took so long – it was a relaxing thing to do after work.
“The Jurassic Park one definitely took longer.
“Because I was born in the 90s, I love all the 90s nostalgia and I just love the iconic music – it’s one of our favourite films.
“Everything was out of cardboard – the jeep was part of the tank and part of the ambulance.
“I spent ages looking on Google images looking at what real ambulances look like – the same as the Jurassic Park jeep.
“I would get lots of different angles to make sure that it looks alright.”
Jen and Niall have a few ideas for their next project, including a Batmobile and a James Bond aston martin – they might even attempt a spitfire plane.
Jen said: “I’m a very creative person – I’ve always been obsessed with Art Attack.
“It’s just a bit of fun to cheer people up during such a difficult time.
“We all need a good laugh.”