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How to Make a Dog Gate Out of Cardboard

It’s not the first time we are writing about the dog fences. Frankly speaking, we’ve already published various articles about this topic, such as the best dog gates, or 21 dog fence ideas for your yard. Since we truly enjoy writing about them, today we would like to show you how you can make a cardboard dog gate by yourself. They’re becoming more and more popular, so why don’t you give it a try and make one too?

While they aren’t a feasible option to hold back a pack of Pitbulls, cardboard dog gates can contain many other dogs. Believe it or not, various dogs won’t even try to get through the gate, if they don’t think they can jump it, thus it doesn’t require the strength and durability of the standard dog gates.

Making a Dog Gate Out of Cardboard

If you guess that making a cardboard gate out of cardboard isn’t the hardest DIY project in the book, you’ll be correct. Putting a cardboard gate together can take less than a minute once you’ve gathered your supplies. That said, if you plan on beautifying it with wrapping paper, the task will take a few more minutes of your time.

Items Needed

  1. Cardboard box
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Pencil or marker
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape (or adhesive of your choice)
  6. Wrapping paper (or plastic wrap, trash bags, or wallpaper)

The Steps

1. The first step is using the measuring tape to figure out how wide the doorway is that you’ll be using the gate in.

measuring device with centimeters
Image Credits :José Manuel de Laá from Pixabay

2. Next, using the pencil for marking, and the scissors for cutting, adjust the cardboard box to the correct length.

Items for working with cupboard
Image Credits: Jo Szczepanska on Unsplash

3. Stand the gate up, alternating the flaps on the bottom for added stability, and tape up the flaps on the top as well.

Standing Cardboard Box
Image Credits: kelli mcclintock on Unplash

4. Add your decorations. This may include wallpaper, gift wrap, plastic wrap, glitter, ribbons, and even some other creative medium like your child’s artwork of your pet’s paw prints.

dog paw print
Image Credits: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

How to Weatherize the Cardboard for Outdoor Use

If you’ve decided to make a cardboard dog gate, and now you want to use it outside but don’t want to get it wet, there are a couple of tricks that can help you weatherize it in no time.

The first step in weatherizing is to choose some sort of waterproof material such as a plastic wrap or liquid sealant and cover the main surfaces of the gate. If using plastic wrap, or aluminum foil, make sure there are little to no bubbles before taping it on with duct tape.

If you want to take things a step further, you can take special waterproof tape around the box’s edges, from top to bottom. This seal adds a nice finishing touch to your waterproofing layer and helps repel water.

A Final Word About Cardboard Dog Gates

Cardboard dog gates are quick and easy to build and do work in a pinch. That said, they’re far from the go-to solution for blocking off doorways from large pets and hyperactive jumpers. But, if you have puppies, or even better, mature dogs that listen well, this visible barrier is more than enough to discourage them from attempting to get through the gate. If you opt to weatherize the cardboard gate for outside use, you’ll even be able to use it in the rain and drizzle.