How to Build a Guinea Pig Hamster Cage MANSION

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Hello! I would do anything for my little precious 9 year old and her Guinea Pig LUCY. YES, Honestly....I made this the day before I found Instructables <NOT INTENDED FOR HERE> so i can now build her a Treehouse.  Amazingly so, I noticed the PET contest and entered it in immediately! I converted her Barbie 3 story dollhouse into an amazing home for Lucy! Best Part: I found all materials around the house. Didn't purchase a thing! Santa brought the Dollhouse 2 years ago!
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Step 1: Supplies & Tools Needed

  1.  Dollhouse NOT used for "primary purpose" anymore (she is done playing dolls)
  2.  Plastic Outdoor/Lawn & Garden Fencing/Netting~I needed 3' x 4' (substitute with anything that works )
  3.  You must measure your dollhouse for accurate dimensions
  4.  Hot Glue Gun & 6- 8 long glue sticks
  5.  Spray Paint (Optional)
  6.  Paper Clips 12-20
  7.  Electric Staple Gun 
  8.  Wood 2 inches in height and cut to fit dollhouse dimensions. Razor Knife (easier) or scissors to trim netting
  9.  Your "already available" basic guinea pig or hampster supplies

Step 2: Start with an *No Longer Used for Dolls" Playhouse

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Sorry, Did Not Take A "Before" Picture!

Step 3: Spray Paint basic Lawn & Garden Plastic Fencing Your Choice Color

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Step 4: Use Wood Base-Board to Add Height So Bedding Doesn't Escape and Make Chronic Mess

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Spray Paint Color of Choice, This was just chilling in my paint collection. Cut to fit and I used hot glue to attach to inside of dollhouse.

Step 5: Secure Open Windows In Dollhouse to Avoid Escape

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Hot Glue ~on the inside of the dollhouse windows the plastic netting so your critter can't escape. The purple tube from level 3 descending down to level 2 was purchased at local pet store. This is needed so that Lucy can choose her level to chill on. In addition, there is a elevator on the right side of her home that goes from level 1 to level 2. SHE LOVES RIDING HER ELEVATOR!

Step 6: Secure Entire Front of Dollhouse Opening

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Use the lawn & garden netting/fencing  to COMPLETLY cover the opening of the dollhouse. I used an DuoFast electric staple gun to attach. The staples are just a few milliliters in size which helps attaching to limited wood areas. Start at one end and stretch to opposite end to insure a tight covering.
SallyC22 months ago

Hi, your dolls house cage is very pretty and a clever idea, but it is way way too small for a guinea pig and also too small for hamsters (especially Syrian). Guinea pigs need large open spaces and are not good at climbing and can not run in wheels. The plastic would be chewed through very quickly and the spray paint is probably toxic. If you want a cheap easy to make cage for a guinea pig make a C&C cage. Bin cages are cheap and easy to make cages for hamster.

Dancing Fairy6 months ago
draya1 year ago

truly amazing, I adore that there are so many people like me who give their pets a life the deserve!!

One question however, did u use safe spray paint?!? As cute as it is in pink, they WILL ABSOLUTELY chew on it!! Just fyi...

GREAT job!! It's beautiful:) Hope your kiddo enjoys

OH MY GOSH my hamster would LOVE this!!!! So cute!<3
aqua 122 years ago
Lol my hamster would luv this!!
GummiBear2 years ago
This makes me (almost) regret I sold my Barbie house. Maybe my Barbie van could be a good home for them?
yeganeh3 years ago
cool i think we have the same hobby instead i make around 25 floors on my hamster cage between you and me i am only 12 and have been in so many pets inventions i love mKING THINGS FOR PETS DONT YOU V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Wow that is cool! Is it a pain to clean though?
Awesome job ! .Good luck on the contest :p
mgosnell3 years ago
Looks like the GRAND PRIZE to me. Very creative your daughter and hamster must loLOVE the Mansion.Wishing you the best of luck on the contest. P.S. i hope you win :)!
2rainonme (author)  mgosnell3 years ago
Thank YOU SO much! I will get bac with ya on your COOL Gecko! Gotta get back to work. Much Respect
Uptonb3 years ago
Good luck on the Pets Challenge.
2rainonme (author)  Uptonb3 years ago
Than You So Much! I NEVER imagined to become a finalist. Did not even do it on "purpose"....I love this site! I am VERY excited and just GRATEFUL to be a part of the site! Much Respect! PS......What's taking so long???
mgosnell3 years ago
By the way i have a gecko cage that i think needs a little more POP to his new enviroment..Maybe you could give me a few pointers or thaughts on how to make my gecko cage awesome like your hamster mansion lol.. Thanks
fegundez14 years ago
excellent job even an elevator id like to see that in action!
2rainonme (author)  fegundez14 years ago
Thanks so much! I'm new here, but VERY willing to take a video of Lucy "loving life" on the elevator. The knob to turn it is on the side (pink) near the water bottle. Be cool if I could add a video to my "already posted" instructable???? Possible?
Yes, very possible (I did the same with my bottle-top whistle) - post the video to YouTube, then use the embed code to add it to the Instructable (just click "edit").
2rainonme (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Alrighty then, although the contest is over now, WOW...I did make it into the Finalists. NEVER expected that! Anyway.....Project for this afternoon! Gotta do it! THX for the kik in the but! Be here soon, Fortunately I have knowledge of "embedded codes" an OLD MySpace thing! LOL.....Have awesome day! MUCH RESPECT "PRO KITEMAN"
ksmith504 years ago
That is a brilliant idea! :D
2rainonme (author)  ksmith504 years ago
Thanks So Much! Yes, My 42 year old Imagination is that of a 5 year old! I'm okay with it though! LOL, Keep's Me Going on those "Overwhelming~Big People" days!