9 DIY Hedgehog Cage Plans You Can Build Today

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Even if you’re not the handiest of people, it’s surprisingly easy to make a hedgehog cage. Depending on the design, you can probably make one with materials you have around the house right now.

Of course, if you are handy with tools, you can also make an elaborate mansion for your little buddy. You’re only limited by your imagination.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: you’ll save a lot of money by building your own instead of buying one. Below, we’ve provided you with several options, so you’re sure to find the perfect home for your pet.

1. Beginner Cage by PetHelpful

Beginner Cage by PetHelpful
Image: PetHelpful

It doesn’t get any easier than this model from PetHelpful. Take a simple storage bin with matching lid, add some fencing, and you’re pretty much done.

This model won’t win many points for attractiveness (although you can dress it up a little during the decoration process), but it’s a great way to get started in the world of DIY cages.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Plastic bin
  • Wire mesh
  • Box cutter

2. Intermediate Cage by PetHelpful

Intermediate Cage by PetHelpful
Image: PetHelpful

If you want a little more difficulty, consider this model, also from PetHelpful. Instead of a plastic bin, you use a prefabricated wooden box (just be sure it’s not coated in toxic chemicals), or you can make your own.

At that point, all you have to do is decorate the insides to your liking. You can set up walls inside to give your hedgehog a delineated space to explore, while also making the whole thing more interesting from a visual standpoint.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic woodworking skills

Tools
  • Wood
  • Drill
  • Screws

3. Hedgehog House by Lexis Fisher

Hedgehog House by Lexis Fisher
Image: Lexis Fisher

This easy-to-build home comes to us from Pinterest user Lexis Fisher. It’s a simple multi-level wire cage with a plastic tray used as a bedroom.

It has everything your hedgehog needs to stay happy and active, and best of all, it’s super-cheap to build.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Wire mesh
  • PVC pipe
  • Plastic bin
  • Wood

4. Wire Cage by Kara Mollis

Wire Cage by Kara Mollis
Image: Kara Mollis

You can make this cage (from Pinterest user Kara Mollis) with interlocking wire mesh; it’s easy to find in any crafts or big box store.

It’s also cheap and versatile, allowing you to craft your pet’s home in just about any shape or style you desire. Also, it’s incredibly lightweight, making it a cinch to move if necessary.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Wire mesh and connectors

5. Bin Cage by Arteta

Bin Cage by Arteta
Image: Arteta

This combination cage from Arteta gives your hedgie multiple levels to explore. In the design shown, you would need to use a store-bought cage for the upper level, but that can be easily substituted for another DIY enclosure.

The tube gives your pet free rein over his enclosure, while also ensuring he gets a little exercise in.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Beginner crafts skills

Tools
  • Two plastic bins
  • Plastic tubing
  • Box cutter
  • Cable ties

6. Duplex from HedgehogCentral.com

Duplex from HedgehogCentral.com
Image: HedgehogCentral.com

You can make your hedgehog feel like a true real estate baron with this duplex model from HedgehogCentral.com.

It uses two basic wire enclosures, linked by a wire-encased ramp. In addition to giving your little digger plenty of room to roam around, it also makes watching him much more interesting for you.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Wire mesh
  • Connectors
  • Wood or plastic boards

7. Hedgehog Cage by Heather Wastler

Hedgehog Cage by Heather Wastler
Image: Heather Wastler

Pinterest user Heather Wastler offers up this simple-yet-elegant abode. All you need is a wire cage, and then you fill in the base as you see fit.

It takes absolutely zero skills, yet you can end up with an attractive, understated enclosure for your pet. It’s perfect for owners who don’t have a lot of room to spare.

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Wire cage
  • Poster board
  • Plastic mat

8. C&C Cage by The Reading Residence

C&C Cage by The Reading Residence
Image: The Reading Residence

If you really want to spoil your hedgie, consider this massive wire model from Pinterest user The Reading Residence. It’s made using interconnecting mesh panels, allowing you to customize the size and shape.

So, while you don’t have to make yours as massive as the one shown above, how else will you prove to your hedgehog that he’s the most loved pet in the world?

Project Details

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Skills Needed: Basic crafts skills

Tools
  • Mesh panels
  • Connectors
  • Fabric lining
  • Cable ties


9. Bin Cage by HamsterHideout.com

Bin Cage by HamsterHideout.com
Image: HamsterHideout.com

This is another basic bin model, courtesy of HamsterHideout.com. What sets this one apart is the shelf they’ve built into the side using a smaller plastic bin.

Of course, you don’t have to have a shelf if you don’t want to. You can design yours however you like — provided it fits inside the bin, of course.

Easy and Inexpensive Hedgehog Housing

All of the designs above are incredibly easy (and equally inexpensive) to build, so you won’t have to sacrifice an entire paycheck or an entire weekend to building one.

Best of all, they’re almost infinitely customizable, so you can make yours as unique as your pet.


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