How to Make a Cardboard Box for a Dog

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How to Make a Cardboard Box for a Dog
Give the family pet digs of his own by making a cardboard house. (puppy image by Mat Hayward from

An indoor doghouse is a good place for puppy to retreat to after a long walk or morning play. There is no need to spend money on a doghouse when you can make one with sturdy cardboard. When you use cardboard for a doghouse, you can get the whole family involved in decorating it nicely for the family pet. Whether making a home for a small or large dog, offering a cardboard house is nice way to give man’s best friend some space of his own.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Two cardboard boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Pencil or pen
  • Utility knife
  • Hot glue
  • Craft paints
  • Paint brushes

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  1. 1

    Pick a box that is large enough to house your dog and have plenty of room for him to turn around in. Examine the box for sturdiness. Pick one that has boards at 1/2-inch thick. Flimsier boxes may not stand up to rough play from puppies.

  2. 2

    Flip the box upside-down so the bottom is facing you. Close the folds of the box. Tape the folds closed with duct tape. Leaving the bottom on the box will give the structure more stability in the end.

  3. 3

    Draw a round door on a short side of the box. The door should look like a reversed “U.” Use a pencil or pen to mark the door.

  4. 4

    Cut the door from the cardboard with a utility knife or box cutter. This is not an activity suitable for children.

  5. 5

    Pull the two top flaps off the separate box. Tape the two pieces together with duct tape to form a “V” shape.

  6. 6

    Cut the two short sides of the flaps on the top of the first box. Leave the two longer pieces.

  7. 7

    Use hot glue to glue the roof you just made on to the top of the doghouse. Glue the roof onto the two flaps. This creates a kind of double roof effect that makes the box a bit sturdier.

  8. 8

    Paint the box with craft paints in any design you like. Do not over saturate the box as this can jeopardise the integrity of the structure.

  9. 9

    Allow the paint to dry completely before putting puppy inside.

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