How to make a digging tower You will need: Popsicle sticks Strong scissors / wire cutters Metal file / sandpaper PVA glue Pencil Sticky tape Blutack Begin by laying out 2 rows of 18 sticks. This will be the main wall of the tower. Tip: use rulers or anything with flat edges to straighten up the sticks. Take 2 more sticks. These will hold our wall together. Cut about 1cm from each end of the sticks, so that together they match the length of the wall. File down all the rough edges with your file or sandpaper. Sketch out a hole big enough for your hamster to fit through. One by one, cut the segments out. Be careful not to split the sticks! File each one as you go. Splinters can be harmful to hamsters, so it’s important everything is smooth as possible! Now it’s time to glue that panel onto the middle of the wall. PVA glue is non-toxic and water-based, so it will dissolve if ingested. Other glues like hot glue are not recommended as they are plastic-based and could cause blockages if accidentally swallowed. Cut 3 sticks in half for the fence. Make another panel, this time for the top. Make a third panel for the fence, leaving enough room for the bridge. I left a 5-stick gap, but I’d recommend 6 or 7. Flip the wall and add panels to both sides of the bottom. Then add panels to the center and top. Glue a stick above the doorway for strength. The side wall has 2 panels of 9 sticks. Chop the ends off 4 sticks to make panels. It’s easier to assemble the wall with the panels facing down. Mark and cut out another doorway. I shouldn’t have glued them yet. ^_^’ Add a fence to the top the same way as last time, and panels on both sides of the bottom. Glue a stick below the doorway for strength. You will need 10 sticks for the platform. Make a fence. Glue 2 sticks to the platform to keep it together. Flip the platform and attach the fence. Now for the ladder. I made mine 5 sticks wide, but I’d recommend 6 or 7. Cut some sticks to make steps. Flip the ladder and glue a stick to the center to attach the two halves. Cut the ends off a stick. Flip the ladder and glue them to the top. Add 2 more bits of stick for strength. Lean the walls together. Glue along the meeting edges. Glue sticks in the corners for support. Use 1 under the platform and 2 between the walls. Divide 2 sticks into 3 sticks to use as steps. Glue them onto the side wall. Lay down 5 sticks for the base of the tunnel. Attach the sticks together with 2 beams. Start building the wall at a 90 degree angle. Add bits of stick to keep it together. Use 8 sticks for the roof of the tunnel. Use sticky tape to temporarily hold the sticks in place. Use a tube big enough for your hamster to use as a template. Blutack keeps the tube from rolling. Lay the sticks over the top, tape side down. Fill the gaps with glue. Trace around the tunnel on the side wall. Cut out the hole (I should have done this before gluing the wall). Make sure the tunnel fits. Finally, glue the tunnel in place.