How to Build An Easy Cardboard Puppy Dog House
Did you know that aside from a storage, a cardboard can be transformed into an excellent homemade dog house? Yes, it does with pretty quick and simple steps.
Now is the time to make use of those old boxes to give your dog a playing place for running, eating, sleeping and hiding place aside from your bag or under the bed. All you need to have is a cardboard with a few marking, cutting and gluing tools!
Grab the essentials and follow through the process.
What To Do?
1. Making the Walls of the House
Step 1: Cut three pieces of cardboard sheets. Make one sheet bigger, and the two sheets should be of the same size.
Step 2: Cut a triangle or sharp edge on the bigger sheet that resembles a roof. This will serve as the front wall of the house.
Step 3: Grab the biggest of the sheets and create a concave door (Figure 1).
Tip! Using your compass, draw a circle with about 15cm circumference. From the circle create the concave door.
Step 4: On the two sheets, draw a round figure in the middle of each.
Step 5: Once the circles are done, draw a thick cross and cut each of the four chambers. The two sheets will be made into the side walls (Figures 2 and 3).
2. Building the House Structure
Step 6: Cut a large rectangular sheet of cardboard to serve as the lower foundation of the dog house.
Tip! Cut a sheet that is big enough to fit two house structures.
Step 7: Glue the “walls” from Part 1 upwards on the rectangular sheet. Make sure that you position one side wall on the edge of the sheet. See the image for your reference.
Step 8: For the fourth wall, cut a sheet similar to the front wall (Figure 1). But, the opening of this sheet is a wide rectangular opening leaving about 2 inches margin on each side. It should look like this:
Step 9: Once the fourth wall is done, glue it on the back portion of the house.
Step 10: Now, you are ready to make the roof. Cut two square sheets of cardboard that can fit into the two sides of the roof.
Step 11: Glue the roof on each side properly. The end result should look like this:
3. Making the Fence
Step 12: Cut thick strips of cardboard measuring each of the unused edges of the lower foundation of the house.
Reminder! Make sure to leave an open area on the front door. Open area can use the same measurement as the door of the house.
Step 13: Once the strips are cut, trace rectangular figures spread equally on the strips. Make sure that you leave about 1-inch margin on top of the strip (See image below for reference).
Step 14: Cut the rectangular figures on the strip.
Step 15: After the rectangle figures are cut, glue the strip upwards with the upper margin on the tip. It should look something like this:
4. Making the Second Floor
Step 16: Cut four strips of cardboard that with the desired height for the second floor. The measurement should start from the lower end of the roof, where it will be glued later on.
Step 17: Create two sets of posts, by stacking two strips together.
Step 18: Glue the strips to the lower part of the roof to make the posts.
Step 19: Cut another four strips of cardboard. These should be longer than the one made from Step 16 and 17.
Tip! Measure the length of the strip from the lower foundation to the tip of the two posts.
Step 20: Create two sets of posts by stacking the strips together. Set it aside afterward.
Step 21: Cut a square sheet of cardboard to serve as the flooring of the second floor.
Step 22: Now, glue the two long posts on the opposite edges of the square sheets, but on the same side.
Step 23: After gluing the pots, it is now ready to be glued on top of the house. Yous should position it this way:
Make sure the second floor and its posts should be glued properly since it will hold the weight of the bed and the dog.
5. Making the Stairs
Step 24: Cut two long strips of cardboard of about 2 to 3 inches thick to make the side of the stairs.
Step 25: Cut the two edges of the strips diagonally and cut open small squares spread equally across the length of the strips. The squares should be placed near the edges of strips.
Step 26: Cut small rectangular figures that will be the steps of the stairs. You can choose its thickness. But, the number of figures should be based on the length of the stairs.
Step 27: Grab one of the sides of the stairs and glue the rectangular figures (Step 26) upwards in the middle of two squares of the stairs.
Step 28: After the steps are properly glued, you can now attach the other side of the stairs. Make sure to glue it securely.
Step 29: When the glue has settled, it is time to install the stairs by gluing the upper side of the stairs to the flooring as well as the lower portion of the stairs to the lower foundation.
Step 30: To secure the stairs, add another post with the same size and thickness of the pots of the flooring (Step 22).
Step 31: Now, to make the second flooring safe, put railings or fences similar to what you did from Step 12 to 13.
6. Finishing Touches
Step 32: Make the decors of the house using bond papers by drawing paws and footprints.
Step 33: Add the bowls and the bed.
Check the video tutorial here:
Thirty-three quick steps and you’ve got a two-storey dog house. Isn’t that amazing? No more surprise puppers on your suitcase or under the bed. They have their own lounging area complete with a playset.
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