DIY Zoo : How You Can Control the {Stuffed} Animal Population


Amelia’s stuffed animals were OUT. OF. CONTROL.

She is 8 months old… it was only going to get worse!

Such a perfect opportunity for a DIY project. 

Enter Pinterest search resulting in a combination of my own DIY Zoo!


  • 9 – 1” x 4” x 18”(2- 8’ boards)
  • 4 –  1” x 2” x 3’ ( 2 – 8’ boards)
  • Spool of ¼” Nylon Rope
  • 24 – ¼” Screw Eyes
  • Allen Wrench or Small Screwdriver
  • 16 – 1 ⅝” Screws 
  • 16 – 1 ¼” Screws
  • Drill
  • White Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Wooden Letters (ZOO)

Step 1: Create a square with 4 – 1” x 4” and connect with two 1 ⅝” screws on each corner. I drilled pilot holes before screwing in to prevent boards from cracking. This is your base.

Step 2: Repeat Step 1 This is your top.

Step 3: Attach each 1” x 2” to the four corners of a square you just made using 2 – 1 ¼” screws on each corner

Step 4: Repeat Step 3, setting the tall posts inside the top square making sure your top 18” sides are on the same sides as the bottom. 

Step 5: Add your last 1” x 4” to the top laying flat across the top front of the zoo.

Step 6: Paint that sucker white!

Step 7: Place 6 eye screws on each side, 3 on the top and 3 on the bottom. The Spacing for mine are below so you can ensure that they are evenly spaced.  Using an allen wrench or a small screwdriver to slip into the eye of the eye screw. This provides some leverage to spin.I made pilot holes before screwing these in as well. (Top = 19.5” side, Bottom = 18” side)

DIY Zoo - Eye Screw Diagram

Step 8: With your rope thread and knot above the top of the screw eye, go through the bottom directly under, then thread directly across and then up ending with a knot. Repeat this on the remaining 2 screw eyes on that side.

DIY Zoo - Rope

Step 9: Repeat Step 8 but on the opposite side. As you go across the bottom go under and over already strung rope to interlace the rope and create the bottom structure of the zoo. 

Step 10: Spray Paint your letters and using the 1 ¼” screw and attach from the bottom of the board laying flat on the top. Making sure to center the letters. 

Step 11: Fill that DIY Zoo with stuffed animals.





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Madison O
Madison is a Texas A&M Graduate who is beginning her 6th year as a Technical Theatre teacher and 3rd year at Gregory-Portland High School. She and her wife moved to the coastal bend to be closer to family as they began the fertility process to grow their family. Madison and her wife were thrilled to welcome their daughter, Amelia, to the family in May via Reciprocal IVF. Madison has also begun working toward her Masters degree in Educational Administration at TAMUCC (gotta keep it in the Aggie family!) Talk about one busy mama! Madison enjoys time outside and has always loved to write for her own personal blog in her free time. She is so excited to start this new adventure of motherhood and to be joining the wonderful community of Corpus Christi Moms on the blog!