Triangle cardboard jump for guinea pigs
Circular cardboard jump for guinea pigs

These jumps are cheap and relatively easy to make, but still do a great job of being sturdy and safe for guinea pigs. Plus, with a bit of paint, they can still make eye catching jumps and look like so much more than just a few pieces of cardboard glued together. These jumps make great additions to an agility course, or simply used on their own to teach a guinea pig to jump over.

How to Make Simple Cardboard Guinea Pig Jumps (Video Tutorial)

Tools & Materials Needed For This Project

-Scrap cardboard
-2 toilet paper tubes (only needed for circular jump)
-Hot glue gun and hot glue*
-Scissors
-Measuring tape
-Paint & paintbrush
-Scrap paper (to protect work surface)

*Note: You can use tape instead of hot glue to put the jumps together, but hot glue is preferred as it is tidier, stronger, and easier to paint over.

How to Build a Triangle Cardboard Jump for Guinea Pigs

Step 1

Cut out three pieces of cardboard – one larger piece about 8 x 4 inches and two pieces 8 x 2.5 inches.

Step 2

Glue one of the smaller cardboard pieces onto the biggest piece, with the smaller piece angled in towards the middle.

Step 3

Glue the third cardboard piece opposite to the last piece, to form a triangle shape on the base.

Step 4

Glue these two pieces together at the top.

Step 5

Glue an extra line along the edge of the base for extra strength. Do this on both sides of the jump.

Step 6

Tidy up and cut off any excess cardboard sticking out from the base.

Step 7

Paint in the colour(s) and pattern of your choice.

Optional – Add Wings to the Sides of the Jump

A finished triangle jump with wings.

If you want something more challenging for the guinea pig, you can leave the jump as it is.

If your piggy is new to training, or if you want to use the jumps in an agility course, adding wings to the jumps is a good way to guide the guinea pig and encourage them to jump over without going around the jump.

To make wings for the jump, cut out two cardboard squares (approx. 3.5 x 3.5 inches) and glue one piece onto each end of the jump.

How to a Make a Circular Toilet Paper Tube Jump for Guinea Pigs

Step 1

Cut out one piece of cardboard, about 8 x 4 inches.

Also cut a strip through both paper rolls.

Step 2

Flatten and glue the two rolls together to create one longer piece.

Bend it back into a semi circle shape when you’re done.

Step 3

Glue the semi circle roll onto the cardboard base.

Step 4

Glue an extra line along the edge of the base for extra strength. Do this on both sides of the jump.

Step 5

Cut off any excess parts from the cardboard base.

Step 6

Paint the jump in the colour(s) and pattern of your choice.

Optional – Add Wings to the Sides of the Jump

A finished circular jump with wings

*Same process as adding wings on the red jump above*

If you want something more challenging for the guinea pig, you can leave the jump as it is.

If your piggy is new to training, or if you want to use the jumps in an agility course, adding wings to the jumps is a good way to guide the guinea pig and encourage them to jump over without going around the jump.

To make wings for the jump, cut out two cardboard squares (approx. 3.5 x 3.5 inches) and glue one piece onto each end of the jump.

Finished Jumps

Guinea Pig Jump Trick