Hello and welcome to a very interesting DIY tutorial for this staircase-like hidey house and climbing toy for small pets. I saw a natural, wooden hidey house resembling this the other day, and I thought it would be pretty fun to DIY!
I did change the design slightly from the original toy I saw, adding a shelf inside leading to an upper door. I’m including the measurements to make this toy for all hamster species, gerbils, and mice.
I have related posts, such as the cage makeover I use this toy in, linked at the end for your viewing pleasure!
For this project I used:
- Hot glue
- Popsicle sticks
- A ruler
- A dark marker
- A crafting knife
- First you’ll need to measure and cut out two pieces of cardboard like this.
For Syrian hamsters and gerbils, the measurements are:
- 12 inches long
- 9 inches tall
- The top of the steps are 4 inches long
- The height of the steps is 3 inches high
For Dwarf hamsters and mice:
- 9 inches long
- 6 inches tall
- The top of steps 3 inches long
- The height of steps 2 inches tall
- Cut a doorway in one of the pieces.
- Next you need to cut out three identical pieces of cardboard, and cut a doorway into one.
The measurements are:
- 4×3 inches for Syrian hamsters/gerbils
- 4×2 inches for Dwarf hamsters/mice
- Now you’ll need to cut out the back piece and shelf.
For Syrian hamsters/gerbils:
- Back piece 9×4 inches
- Shelf 3×4 inches
For Dwarf hamsters/mice:
- Back piece 6×4 inches
- Shelf 4×2 1/2 inches
- Heat up your glue gun and begin assembly.
- Glue the three identical pieces onto the vertical sections of the steps.
- Now glue on the back piece and shelf (basically just guess what height to put the shelf, make sure your pet can jump up to it).
- Glue popsicle sticks onto the horizontal surfaces of the steps as shown above.
- Once everything is assembled it should look something like this.
- Pull off all the nasty hot-glue-strings.
And with that, the DIY is complete! I got to use it for the first time in Beanie’s November Cage Makeover, and if you’re interested in seeing this DIY in a cage setup be sure to check out that post, which I’ve linked below for you.
This toy is really beneficial since it provides the comfort of a hideout and the enrichment of a climbing toy. It’s exceptional for Syrian hamsters and mice, who particularly enjoy climbing.
If you DIYed this DIY or something similar please comment down below and share your experience!
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- How To Create a Cute Arched Doorway For Your DIYs
- The November Cage Makeover