Greetings, and welcome to this week’s post. I’ll be showing you how I created this two-story platform for hamsters. It is more directed towards dwarf and Chinese hamsters, but it the size is acceptable for smaller Syrians.
It has a little fenced-in upper platform with a ramp leading to and from it. Below is a larger platform perfect for a food dish to rest.
Let’s get into the tutorial!
To replicate this DIY, you’ll need:
- A craft knife (optional, but nice for cutting long pieces of cardboard)
- Corrugated cardboard (thick and regular)
- 3 Toilet paper tubes (cut in half)
- Mini popsicle sticks
- A writing utensil
- A hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Cut a piece of thick cardboard 4″ x 12″
- Cut a toilet paper tube in half
- Glue the halves of toilet paper roll to the underside of the cardboard piece, near the back corners. These are the legs.
- Cut another piece of thick cardboard measuring 8″ x 12″.
- Cut two more toilet paper rolls in half (four pieces).
- Glue the four toilet paper roll pieces in the corners of the cardboard piece, creating four legs.
- Glue the smaller, legged, piece of cardboard to the top (legless) side of the larger piece of cardboard.
The image above is a upside down view.
Cut out 5 pieces of regular cardboard measuring:
- 2″x 12″
- 9″x 2″
- 1″x 2″
- 4″x 2″
- 4″x 2″
Glue these around the perimeter of the upper platform in the formation shown above.
To make the ramp:
- Cut a piece of regular cardboard measuring 2″x 4″.
- Get 6 mini popsicle sticks and glue them to the cardboard (try to evenly space them).
- Glue the ramp into the ‘doorway’ to the upper platform.
I recommend gluing both at the top and bottom of the ramp for extra stability.
- Measure and cut a popsicle stick to fit into the second-story doorway.
- Glue it in on edge.
I did this so I could put substrate in the top level without it spilling out.
And the DIY is complete!
I wanted to make a updated version of the Two-Tiered Tower DIY for my Future Hamster, and I’m really happy with the result.
As always, feel free to make your own changes. If you’ve followed this DIY tutorial, please comment in the Reply section below and share your experience and results!
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