It’s easy to burn 5,000 matchsticks to the ground, but you know what isn’t easy? Making a 600-piece home for your pet. Rather than going to a pet shop to buy one, YouTube creator The Q did just this to build a new home for his pet rat.

Using tongue depressors for the “2x4s”, The Q is able to quickly and easily cut each piece into a variety of shapes to suit the final design. By cutting out the rounded ends, for example, he glues together many sticks to make the house’s foundation. Many supports crafted from glued full-length sticks and wooden pieces help keep the foundation upright.

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With the foundation out of the way, The Q can focus on being creative and making the overall design of the house. Two walls are the same; they each consist of a tiny window for the rat to peep through and a flap made from sticks and string which allows him to go in and out.

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As for the other walls, The Q makes one solid, two with a window, and one with a doorway. It looks pretty boring right now, but the way he’ll be gluing these walls together will result in something other than your regular 4×4 house.

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For starters, he glues one wall with a flap, the wide wall with a window, and the solid wall to the bottom right of the foundation. This forms the bottom half of his rodent’s posh house.

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Then he does something cool: he glues four supports to the side of the house and makes another foundation which he lays on top of the bottom half. This not only gives the bottom floor a roof, but it also provides him another floor to work with.

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Taking the other wall pieces he made earlier, The Q moves to the opposite side of the top floor and starts constructing the top layer of the house. Once the walls are glued, he gets to work on a roof so his pet rat won’t have to hide whenever it rains.

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Add some stairs so the rat can reach the place, a whole lot of fence so he doesn’t fall to his doom, a table where he can eat his meals (though I don’t think he’ll mind it very much), and a bed to rest his buck-toothed face in, and you have the makings of a 6,000 popsicle, three-star Airbnb abode.

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There may be two back walls missing (so you can see your furry pal scurry around), but all things considered, this is a big step up from a hole in the wall. It’s got ventilation, furniture, and a veranda where he can keep an eye out for incoming predators.

The Q makes a lot more homemade projects, all of which you can find on his YouTube channel. You can also follow him on Instagram.

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.