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10 DIY Whelping Box Plans You Can Make at Home

Written by: Adam Mann

Last Updated on February 19, 2024 by Dogster Team

Pregnant Yellow Labrador Retriever lying in wooden whelping box

10 DIY Whelping Box Plans You Can Make at Home

Are you getting ready to have a litter of puppies in your home? If so, you can’t have them wandering all over the place with the risk of them hurting themselves, but that doesn’t mean you need to go out and spend a bunch of money on a pre-made whelping box. Let’s put those DIY skills to use and make your dog and her future puppies an awesome whelping box that meets all their needs and then some!

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The 10 DIY Whelping Box Plans

1. Sturdy Collapsible Whelping Box

Sturdy Collapsible Whelping Box
Image Credit: Lifewiththewellins
Materials: (4) 48” x 24” prefinished bullnose shelving boards, (4) 4” x ¾” corner braces, (8) 4” x 7/8” corner braces, 4’ x ½” plywood, (3) 2’ x 4’ x 8’ stud boards, (4) 2” 9OD DWV Sanitary Elbow, (4) 2” PVC Sanitary Tee, (2) 2” x 10’ DWV/40 PVC pipe, screws, and blankets
Tools: Tape measure, jig saw, and a drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

You won’t need a whelping box at all times, but if you think you might need one for your pet’s first litter as well as for the future, having one that folds down is a huge space saver. That’s exactly what you get with this sturdy collapsible whelping box. It turns it into a one-time project for all your future litters, and the best part is that it’s fairly easy to make!

You’ll need something to cut the plywood, which can usually be done by workers at the store, but everything else requires pretty standard household tools, so even if you don’t have a lot of DIY experience, this is a project you can tackle. Even better, the guide walks you through everything step by step, so all you need to do is follow the directions.

2. Simple Plywood Whelping Box

How to Build a Whelping Box
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Materials: 4’ x 8’ x 0.75” plywood, 4’ x 1’ x 1” plywood, 1.5” screws, and self-adhesive contact paper
Tools: Hand saw or power saw, pencil, ruler, staple gun, screwdriver, and a drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

Don’t have anything other than hand tools? With this simple plywood whelping box, you don’t need anything else. All you need to do is gather the supplies and ensure you have a few basic household tools, and you can quickly make it yourself.

You can turn into something a bit more comfortable with some blankets, and the best part is that it doesn’t take much to change the dimensions. Just keep in mind that it doesn’t fold down afterward, so if you plan on storing it, it will take up quite a bit of space.

3. Plywood and PVC Whelping Box

How To DIY Whelping Box
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Materials: Plywood, PVC pipe, wood glue, wood letters, wood discs, newspaper, and towels
Tools: Jigsaw, ruler, pipe cutter, Sharpie, and clamps
Difficulty Level: Moderate

While this plywood whelping box isn’t as easy to make as some of the other options on our list, it’s far from the most challenging plan. And with custom design and door options, this whelping box opens up a whole new avenue of creativity.

Know your limitations and ensure you have a good-quality jigsaw before you start, but if you do, then this could be a whelping box that goes great with the rest of the décor in your home.

4. Whelping Box for Large Dogs

How to Build a Whelping Box for Large Dogs in a Fastest Way
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Materials: ½” plywood, smooth grade sheet of 4/8’, (2) 2/4’ lumber pieces, non-removable pin, wood adhesive, and wood screws
Tools: Circular saw and a screwdriver
Difficulty Level: Easy

Large dogs tend to have large puppies, and large puppies need extra space to roam while they’re growing. For those puppies, this larger DIY whelping box is perfect.

It’s another relatively easy DIY project, but just ensure you have a circular saw or get someone else to cut the plywood to the correct dimensions for you. Also, ensure you have plenty of space to use this whelping box and store it if you plan on putting it up between litters.

5. Tall Whelping Box

Whelping Box Plans - A Star Is Born Doodles
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Materials: ½” x 3” x 4’ Aspen, (2) 1” x 2’ x 4’ edge glued pine, (2) 1” x 2’ x 6’ edge glued pine, 2’ x 2” x 8’ pine, (24) #12 flathead wood screws, (8) #10 flathead wood screws, handle and bolts for the door, 150 grit sandpaper, 220 grit sandpaper, water base sealer, 6” foam roller, 5’ x 7’ rug, 6’ x 9’ linoleum, (2) 1” x 10’ gray PVC pipe, (4) 3-way corner connectors, and (8) t-shape PVC connectors
Tools: #10 countersink drill bit, #12 countersink drill bit, miter saw, jigsaw, drill, screwdriver, measuring tape, pencil, PVC pipe cutter, and a hammer
Difficulty Level: Challenging

If you want a larger whelping box with a functioning door so the mom can’t get in and out, this tall whelping box is just what you need. It’s most definitely a larger option, and keep in mind that you’ll need to let momma out from time to time if she can’t on her own.

If you’re not the most handy, then this might not be the plan for you. Not only does it require a few more advanced tools, but it requires precision and the technical know-how to put it all together.

6. Kiddie Pool Whelping Box

DIY Whelping Box_ Step-By-Step Directions
Image Credit: timberidgegoldendoodles
Materials: Plastic kiddie pool, zip ties, and (2) foam pool noodles
Tools: Drill
Difficulty Level: Easy

There are simple DIY projects, then there’s this kiddie pool whelping box. It won’t win any prizes for aesthetics or durability, but it will get the job done for smaller puppies.

It will also save you some money and can be built in a jiffy, letting you move on to other things. If you just want the job done or you’re not the classic DIYer, this is the DIY whelping box for you!

7. Plywood-Free Whelping Box

Image Credit: Muddy Paws Dog Blog
Materials: (6) 48” x 23.75” x 0.75” shelving material, (50) #6 2” drywall screws, 48” Blue Hawk double track, (4) 90 degree 1 ½” PVC elbows, (8) 1 ½” PVC tees, (8) 1 ½” PVC couplers, (2) 10’ 1 ½” PVC pipe, (8) 1 ½ PVC bushings, melamine veneer edging, PVC primer and glue, and whelping pads
Tools: Table saw or circular saw, 1/8” drill bit, countersink bit, cordless drill, Philips screwdriver bit, grinder with cutoff wheel attachment, jigsaw, square, PVC cutting tool, and a heating iron
Difficulty Level: Challenging

If you’re hoping to avoid using plywood in your DIY whelping box, you’re not alone, and this plywood-free DIY whelping box can walk you through everything you need. It’s another DIY project that requires quite a few tools and some technical know-how, but if that sounds like you, the end result is gorgeous.

This whelping box even comes with an operational door so you can get in and out without climbing over it, and it’s large enough to keep most momma dogs inside with their puppies.

8. MDF Panel Whelping Box

Whelping Box for My Fur Love
Image Credit: instructables
Materials: 4’ x 8’ x ¾” MDF panel, paint, fabric, screws, and a latch
Tools: Circular saw, right angle, Dremel, pencil, measuring tape, paintbrush, and a jigsaw
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Who says you need to pick between extremely challenging and ugly DIY projects? With this MDF panel whelping box, you can get the best of both worlds. It’s significantly easier than many other DIY whelping boxes, and you can still pick out different fabrics to really make it your own.

You also get a collapsible door so that mom can get in and out of it without jumping over the sides.

9. Particle Board Whelping Box

Three Free Whelping Box Plans and Blueprints
Image Credit: dog health guide
Materials: 4’ x 8’ x 5/8” particle board, (2) 5/8” x 22” x 40.75” particle board, (2) 36” x 1 3/8” hardwood dowel, (2) 48” x 1 3/8” hardwood dowel, (2) ¾” x 2” x 48” pine strip, (2) ¾” x 2” x 32” pine strip, (24) 1 ¼” wood screws, (16) 1 ¾” wood screws, (2) ¾” x 15’ x 4’ round molding, (2) ¾” x 15’ x 3’ round molding, 1” finishing nails, 2” x 2” x 8’ pine, and urethane vinyl
Tools: Jigsaw, circular saw, hammer, clamps, drill, measuring tape, and a pencil
Difficulty Level: Challenging

If you’re comfortable with your hands and just want a blueprint to work with, this DIY particle board whelping box could be all you need. It is a bit more challenging to make, and that would hold true even if there were a step-by-step guide walking you through it all.

As it is, these blueprints do a good job of showing you how everything gets put together, but it’s up to you to figure it out from there. That’s perfect for experienced DIYers, but not so much for beginners.

10. High-End DIY Whelping Box

Whelping Box Construction Plans
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Materials: (2) 4’ x 8’ x 5/8” plywood, (4) 2’ x 4’ x 60” lumber, 1 quart of polyurethane varnish, (8) three-sided corner brace, steel tee nut, and stainless-steel head socket cap screws
Tools: Screwdriver, hex drive bit, table saw, drill press, ¼” wood bit, ½” wood bit, 45/64” spade or Forstner bit, router, ½” straight router bit, and a 3/16” round-over bit
Difficulty Level: Challenging

If you’re like us, when you do something, you want to do it right the first time. It’s that kind of attitude that this plan caters to. It’s not a simple DIY whelping box to make, but when you finish making this high-end DIY whelping box, it will look like the best of the best.

Just keep in mind the materials are going to cost more, and you’re going to need some more advanced tools. You’ll also need some technical knowledge and experience, so if this is your first DIY project, we don’t recommend it.

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Final Thoughts

There’s something great about putting something together with your own two hands, and we’re confident that no matter which option you go with, you will feel proud knowing you did it yourself and saved yourself some money while providing mom a comfortable place to nest, give birth, and raise her litter. So, what are you waiting for? Pick the right plan for you and get to work!

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