How to Build an Easy DIY Dog Cabana With Wondercide

Kara S.
by Kara S.

This project is sponsored by Wondercide.

Our dog Feta loves spending time in the backyard, so we decided to create a special space just for her. In this tutorial, I'll walk you through building a simple, yet stylish DIY dog cabana using basic materials, finishing it off with plant-powered Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray for safe and effective pet protection.

Materials & Tools

  • 1 wood pallet
  • Circular saw
  • Scrap wood
  • 1x4 lumber (for legs and roof)
  • Cedar fence pickets
  • Wood screws (3-inch)
  • Sandpaper
  • Nail gun or screws
  • Clear wood stain
  • Exterior paint
  • Paintbrush and rag
  • Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray for Pets & Home
Pallet for cabana base

Building The Dog Bed

Preparing the Base

Alex grabbed a pallet and we got to work! Using the pallet as the base of our design, we took our measurements and used a circular saw to remove the last 2 slats. This left the ends a bit flimsy, so to reinforce the structure we capped off the ends with scrap wood and secured them with screws.

Constructing the Frame

Next, we headed to our local hardware store to pick up some 1x4 lumber and cedar fence pickets. We used the 1x4s to map out our four legs for the cabana roof, marking and cutting the posts to size for our desired angle. After lightly sanding the boards and pallet to smooth out rough edges, we secured the four legs to the corners of the pallet base using 3-inch wood screws. We then attached two side braces for extra stability.

Enhancing the Design

We used the cedar fence pickets we picked up earlier to cap off the front and back of the cabana, creating a polished look. We finished off the design by creating a spat roof out of 1x4s, using a spacer board to ensure even gaps, and securing the roof boards with a nail gun. You could also use screws here too. Just like that, our cabana was built!

Staining & Painting

Since Feta's new bed would live outside in our yard, we next applied clear wood stain to the roof, back, and posts of the cabana to protect against weather, an important consideration here in Texas and other rainy climates. Using a rag and stain, this took no time at all! We finished this off with a coat of exterior paint on the pallet base (we chose a color matching our front door) and though painting the grooves was more challenging than anticipated the final result was so worth it!

Final Touches

We moved the new cabana to Feta’s favorite spot in the yard and added a cute bed that complements our outdoor decor and is cozy and inviting for her. To keep her safe from fleas and ticks this season we're using Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray, a plant-powered pet protection product lab-proven to be effective in repelling pests. We spritzed some onto Feta's new bed for safeguarding before she hopped in!

Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray is safe for dogs and cats of all ages when used as directed, plus it's versatile! I used the spray not only on Feta's new cabana bed but on her dog bed inside, on the couch, and even on the flooring (to get rid of an active infestation or prevent one in the first place). This product is really going to come in handy now that it’s flea and tick season here in Texas.

Finished cabana

Where to Shop Wondercide

You can find Wondercide’s wide selection of Plant Powered Bug Sprays And Insect Repellents at your local PetSmart or online.

Thank you to Wondercide for sponsoring this project and helping us keep Feta happy and healthy in her beautiful new backyard cabana!

Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray for Pets & Home

Product Features

  • Powered by plants and lab proven to kill and repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes
  • Versatile, also for use in the home on pet bedding, furniture, flooring, & more
  • Safe for dogs & cats of all ages when used as directed
  • Available in fresh scents made with essential oils: Lemongrass, Peppermint, or Cedarwood
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