Solder Ironto poke holes for the zip ties and melt the the plastic for windows. $19.99
Mesh for the windows of the bin. $8.99
Zip Ties available anywhere!
Uber 6" Cable ties available at Home Depot and many other stores as well.
Bin cages are the most economical choice for those with some basic tools. Cheeks and Squeaks requires a minimum of 450 square inches of unbroken living space for your hamster. This can be achieved by purchasing a Sterilite 110 quart storage bin. which adds roughly 450 square inches of floor space to the minimum and allows more room for toys! The cost to make a bin cage is roughly between $15-30 dollars, but could possibly be less depending on the materials you have on hand. That is as much—if not less—than you would spend on a very small pet store cage.
My favourite thing about bin cages is how infinitely customizable they are. I have used different types of mesh, different types of bins, and used all kinds of materials to decorate each one exactly the way I wanted. As a crafty person, it feels good to see my animals enjoying something I made for them with love and I enjoy preparing for a new arrival by making them a special bin as a homecoming gift. Though my first cage was tricky to figure out, I’m now very fast at making them, and keep the supplies to do so on hand in case a need arises. I have even used the bin cage method to make quick travel carriers in a pinch!
I have lots of tips and tricks for making bin cages, so if you have any questions, just email and I will answer personally!
I used a variety of tutorials to start making my cages, but my favourite is this one:https://hammyhappenings.wordpress.com/diy-hamster-cage-bin-cage/
To use a solder iron/knife to poke holes and windows in the bin, here is a DIY link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hueoPvb9_M4
The rack photographed is available at Home Depot.
More product links below the pictures.
The ties used to lock the cages in the photo are Uber 6-in cable ties, available inexpensively in the electronics section of Target, or on Amazon. (Use a 5/16 drill bit if you want to use them)