Hello and welcome to the DIY tutorial for this adorable garden house for small pets! This house is two stories tall, with a grassy yard and little balcony. It’s a great toy/hideout for Syrian hamsters and mice, since they particularly enjoy being up high.
The sizing used is appropriate for most hamsters, gerbils, and mice.
For this project you need:
- Giant red, green, and plain coloured popsicle sticks
- Craft knife
- A few regular sized popsicle sticks
- A hot glue gun
- A circle template or drawing compass
- First trim 10 giant red popsicle sticks to 6 inches long.
- Line up the trimmed, red, giant popsicle sticks in groups of five.
- Glue regular popsicle sticks across the lined up red sticks to attach them together into two panels.
These are the roof.
- Measure and cut two pieces of cardboard 10 x 7 inches.
- Measure the top center point of the 7 inch side (3 1/2 inches), and mark it.
- Make two angled 5 inch lines coming from the center point, as shown above.
- Cut on the lines.
These are the front/back of the house.
- Put your ruler alongside each piece and mark four inches from the bottom. That’s where the second floor will be.
- Get your drawing compass/circular template and create two entryways on one of the front/back pieces. One door at the very bottom and one above your four inch mark.
This is the front of the house.
To make the balcony:
- Cut the rounded tips off of two large popsicle sticks. Make sure they’re the same length.
- Cut two pieces from another stick about 1 1/2 inches long and glue them to the bottom of the two lined up, equally sized pieces to hold them together.
- Get another large stick and cut the rounded ends off. Glue them on the opposite sides of the mini platform to finish the balcony.
Do the same for the ‘lawn,’ but use green sticks and make it one stick wider.
To make the ramp to the second story:
- Cut the round ends off two large popsicle sticks. Make sure the two trimmed sticks are the same length.
- Cut two pieces from another large popsicle stick about 1 1/2 inches long, and glue them onto the two large, trimmed sticks to hold them together.
- Cut four pieces of skewer about 2 inches long, and glue them to the mini platform to create treads.
- Measure and cut two 6 x 4 inch pieces of cardboard.
- Cut out a door at the top of one of the pieces.
These are the side walls.
- Cut out a piece of cardboard measuring 7 x 4 inches.
This is the floor of the second story.
- Glue a side wall to the back wall. I chose to have the door to the second story on the right side of the house.
- Glue in the second-story floor at your 4 inch mark.
- Glue on the other side wall.
- Glue on the front wall.
- Glue the balcony at the bottom edge of the top door.
- Glue the ramp coming from the side-door.
- Glue the front yard to the house.
- Glue on the red poof pieces (I added a skewer at the top of the roof).
I did end up adding two skewers vertically under the front corners of the balcony for support and style, as well as a front railing on the balcony.
And the house is complete! It’s so cute, and I love the bird-house vibe. It did take some planning, but once you have the pieces made, assembly is pretty simple. If you made this DIY please comment down below!
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