This is step-by-step instructions on how I made my reptile hide. The snake hides at stores and the ones you can buy online are so expensive. $20 or $30 for a hide is ridiculous. The materials a a little pricy but you can use them to make multiple hides instead of paying $30 for just one. So this is how I made mine for my 2 month old ball python. I only have a picture of the finished product because I forgot to take pictures during the process. I apologize.
Step 1: I. Materials
Before you do anything, you want to gather your materials. This is the stuff I used and I highly recommend all of these products.
1. Great Stuff insulating foam sealant gaps & cracks- $5 at Mennards
2. Minwax fast-drying polyurethane clear satin- about $6 at Walmart
3. 2 cheap paint brushes- about $1 at Mennards
4. Styrofoam- you don't really need to buy styrofoam you can find it anywhere we just bought a new microwave so we had foam leftover from the packaging
5. Exacto knife- I have no idea where to buy these or how much they are but you could probably use any small sharp knife mainly for detail and it cuts through the foam very easily and cleanly
6. Bread knife- you most likely have one in your kitchen
7. Hot glue gun- $8 at Michael's
8. Markers- chances are you have some (specifically I used sharpie)
9. Keracolor S Sanded Grout- $10 at Mennards
10. (Optional) Crock pet bowl- $2 at Walmart--- I HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS FOR SMALL REPTILES IT GIVES YOU A BASE AND MAKES THINGS MUCH EASIER