DIY Cardboard Digging Mat for Rabbits

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Woven cardboard rugs are good chewing and digging toys for rabbits. The idea is to make this toy similar to the woven grass mats that are so popular with rabbits. You can also use this to cover areas of carpet or other floorings that you don’t want your rabbit to dig into.

You can adjust the size of the woven cardboard mat however you want to. If you have a larger piece of cardboard, you can make a very large mat for your rabbit, but you can also make a fun toy if you only have a smaller piece of cardboard.

Supplies you need

  • A cardboard box (or 2 flat pieces of cardboard)
  • A ruler
  • A pencil
  • A razor


  1. Cut out twenty 1in by 18in pieces of cardboard. Use a ruler to measure out the 20 identical pieces. Try to keep the lines as straight as possible when you cut them so that they will fit together more easily.
  2. Arrange ten of the cardboard pieces on a flat surface with very small gaps between the pieces. It can be helpful to place a heavy object on one edge of the cardboard pieces to keep them in place.
  3. Take one of the remaining pieces of cardboard and weave it through the first ten. You’ll place it under the first piece of cardboard, over the second, then under the third, and so on. 
  4. Add the next piece of cardboard, alternating the weave. So this time you’ll want to start by placing it over the first piece of cardboard, then under the second, over the third, and so on.  This will help to hold the cardboard mat together on its own without requiring any kind of glue.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the remaining pieces of cardboard. That’s it, you can give it to your rabbit and see what they think!
Woven Cardboard Mat DIY Toy
Woven Cardboard Mat DIY Toy

Amy Pratt

Amy Pratt is a lifelong rabbit owner who has been specializing with rabbits at the Humane Rescue Alliance. She helps to socialize the rabbits and educate volunteers on the care and behavior of these small mammals.

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