DIY Burrow Starter and Hide Out

This little cube of a house is made to be pretty much submerged in substrate, and since it has no bottom, then your rodent will have a burrow starter, and a very stable nest box, too. This is a very simple, chew safe DIY that burrowing pets love.

You only need:

  • Cardboard of any thickness
  • A hot glue gun
  • A ruler
  • A craft/box knife
  • A pen, pencil, or marker

And scissors are good for trimming the pieces to fit later, but a craft/box knife is prefered for cutting the entry hole. Both are good to have.

  • First cut five 5×5 inch squares of cardboard. These don’t have to be perfect, because they will most likely be trimmed later.
  • Take the nicest, squarest piece and draw the desired entry hole shape. You can use a template of a square or circle if desired; a circle looks nicer, and is more pleasent for the rodent to enter through.
  • Using your box knife or scissors (Good luck with the scissors!), cut out your entry way that you just marked out before.

Now your five square pieces should look like this, if they do then:

  • Heat up your glue gun
  • Move your four solid pieces aside
  • Place your holed piece nicer side down
  • Select a wall piece, glue it nice side out onto the hole piece
  • Repeat with the other pieces

Now you should have a lidless box with a hole in the bottom

  • Flip the box thing right-side up, and you’re done!

This burrow starter, nest box, and hide out is an awesome, chew safe, easy to make, three-in-one that is perfect for Hamsters, Mice, and Gerbils.

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