Stuffed Animal Corral

The Dog Pound Animal Corral

I have always struggled with the idea of organizing stuffed animals. J5 is obsessed with dogs and horses and anything else with 4 legs so we have TONS of stuffed animals. I was delighted to come across this idea of using bungee cords to keep the animals corralled. And better yet, it was a breeze to make. The only real trouble I ran into was finding the shock cord for sale by the foot. I tried to buy it at Home Depot with the lumber but the guy who was "helping" me didn't understand what I wanted, so I did the next best thing and bought it from Amazon. We used a bit of paint we had around the house and everything else came together in a snap!

1- Gather Materials
Electric Drill with Phillips bitDrill bit for predrilling
2- Go shopping!
4- 8ft 2x2’s (Furring Strips)( $1.52 each =$6.08)4- 6ft 1x4’s ($7.68 each = $30.72)
48 – 1 ¾  inch wood screws (Approx $4.00)Paint & Brush
50 Feet of ½ inch shock cord ($40)12 - ½ inch plastic cable clamps ($2.50)
12- ½ inch wood screws ($1.00)50- ¾  inch staples (we used poultry net staples
  • You will find different grades (quality) of lumber available. We chose to use the more expensive 1x4’s to ensure they were of high quality. Less expensive grades will require you to be more selective (choose pieces that are straight and smooth) when purchasing but can save you some money.
  • I recommend you pre drill all screw holes to avoid splitting the boards.

     3- Cut lumber:

Cut 4 2x2’s to length of 60” (Vertical corner posts)
Cut 6 1x4’s to length of 36” (Front and back rails for top, center and bottom)
Cut 6 1x4’s to length of 10” (Side rails for top, center and bottom)

4- Using 1 ¾ inch wood screws attach side rails “c” to corner posts “a” at top, center, and bottom forming the narrow sides of the box.

5- Using 1 ¾ inch wood screws attach front and back rails “b” to corner posts “a” at top, center, and bottom completing the shape of the box.

6- Paint the box. Remember to start on the inside to avoid reaching over wet paint. Keep two year-olds away from project until dry.

7- After the paint dries you are ready to attach the shock cord. Mark the location of the cords starting at the center of the top and bottom rails (front and back). Make additional marks to each side of center spacing every 5 ¼ inches (when finished you will have five marks each on the top and bottom rail of the front and back).

8- Attach shock cord using 2 - ¾ inch staples. Attach one side of shock cord. Cut cord approximately 48-50” long. Stretch tightly and fasten to opposite side. Repeat with remaining 12 cords, 5 each on front and back, one on each side.

9- Using plastic cable clamps attach each piece of cording to the center rail.

10- Using a lighter or a torch singe the ends of each cord to prevent unraveling.

11- Using vinyl or paint give your cage a title. We called ours the Dog Pound as our lives revolve around dogs more than anything else!

     12- Mission Complete! I was really amazed at how many stuffed animals this thing actually holds. I thought we had SOO many animals it would be full but we didn't even make it half way.
Let me know if you have any questions about the directions!



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By fredjosh97 (not verified)

i love that you put detailed instructions on how to build this!!!! I am going to lowes this weekend and going to build this for my son. It is such a brilliant idea and he has a ton of stuffed animals that need a spot other then his top bunk!! I am tired of rotating them to the top or bottom bunk depending on which one he wants to sleep on!!!!!!!!!!

By melissa hanson (not verified)

I hope it builds well for you, ours has been so much fun!

By jayme

Hi There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also.Keep working ,great job!Best regards from Belgium. luminess makeup Hey there! I could have sworn I've been to this website before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's new to me. Anyways, I'm definitely happy I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, your idea and your plans were VERY useful and helpful, and after 5 days I have just completed the Corrale. Not your fault but mine, I started, got a upper resporatory infection was in bed for several days, cut wood, sanded back in bed, did the sides, back in bed, and than put together back in bed and today was finally able to tie it all together paint, and finish. PLEASE do not be upset but let me make a few suggestions.

When going to Lowes or Home Depot, do not get 6 foot lengths. OR allow for extra.... By the time you square and cut, if you use the exact deminisions recommended you'll run short. My recommendation is allow for 1 extra piece go for 5 (or 6) 1 X 4's 6 feet, you save yourself some time, but it will cost you extra.

There was NO place I was able to find Stock 2 X 2, so I had to end up buying 2 X 2 pieces of pine, it took about 20 minutes siftting thru what there was to find something straight and useable. When I got home it took another hour with my belt sander to make the 4 corner pieces useable and what we needed.

The other recommendation is the Shock / Bungee Cord. This was the most difficult piece of the project. 50 feet 1/2 " Shock / Bungee Cord is enought to complete this project ( I threw away about 2 feet) BUT I would highly recommend you get help with installing the cord. Remember dimensions are 5 feet (60 inches) tall, and the plans call for the Shock / Bungee Cord to be cut in 48 to 50 Inch interviews. So that means you have to strench the cord by 12 inches. By yourself once you use the recommendations and stretch the cord and than and nail the the ends, all I can say is good luck. I ended up using 4 staples at each end. 1 staple covered the cord, 1 staple went thru the center of the cord, the next stable covered the cord, and the final staple went thru the cord. Althought it is not mentioned here, please be careful, if this cord is not stabled correctly and you are trying to stretch it, and the staples do not hold correctly, the cable may come back and snap you in the face. (I will admit this is my fault and it did hurt the first time).

Also rather than a torch, I used a solidering iron, with a flat blade to cut the cord. I was extreamly easy doing it that way.

These are not harsh recommendations, if it weren't for this idea, and these plans provided I would have attempted to create a real disaster, since my daughter - in - law said this is what she wanted for my grand daughter, and it took almost 4 days searching to fing these plans. This is site is EXTREAMLY helpful and useful, but remember - measure twice and cut once.

My corral is semi--gloss white on the inside and semi-gloss pink on the outside.

Thank you, this plan and idea has been very useful.


By thom rome (not verified)

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you were successful, even though you had to work through some bumps along the way~

By jayme

Thanks for sharing, Jayme. This is awesome.

My question is on the 1/2" shock cord. Now that you've seen the pound in use, would you use 1/2" again or would you go thicker/thinner?

Thanks again.


By James (not verified)

I have had my dog pound for almost 2 years now and I am still very happy with it. I think I would use the 1/2 inch shock cord again, any smaller and small animals would fall out (some really small ones do anyway) but any bigger would be difficult to attach. I'm sure if you had easy access to a different size it would work fine but the 1/2 inch has been great for me!

By jayme

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