How to Build a Fox Den

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Foxes live in holes in the ground.
Foxes live in holes in the ground. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Foxes have dens only during the winter months. Most foxes keep close to their dens during the winter to breed and raise kits. Most foxes dig dens out of the ground within 100 feet of water and near an open area. Old corn fields and other areas where groundhogs live may also harbor a fox den. In fact, some foxes even take old groundhog homes and enlarge them for their own use. You can make your own model of a fox den diorama-style from a medium-sized box and some craft supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox or medium-sized box
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Newspaper
  • Poster paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Twigs, rock and brush
  • Small plastic trees
  • Polyester batting
  • Small plastic foxes

Turn the box onto its side. Create a ground level in the middle of the shoebox with a piece of cardboard. Glue it in place with hot glue.

Draw a circle shape on the box where you want to place the den. Surround the rest of the ground area with newspapers or other filler. Paint the filler to look like dirt.

Cut a hole in the top of the cardboard piece to make an entrance for the den.

Paint the ground brown and the sides of the box blue for sky.

Place small pieces of twigs, rocks and brush over the ground to make it look like an abandoned field. Paint a small pond in one corner of the box. Glue a few trees scattered around the box.

Cut up pieces of polyester batting. Place these in trees and on the ground to represent snow.

Fill the den with the plastic foxes and glue them in place to complete the model.

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