Building Snoopy’s Dog House for Christmas

Last year, Dale joked that once we were settled into our house we’d start working on creating our own kind of Griswold Christmas Spectacle by making an over-sized decorate doghouse like Snoopy had in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Snoopy’s Dog House

Dale’s mom came to visit last week and she’s been asking when we were going to have this cute little dog house set up (she’s a dog person but she loves her grandkitties with the best of them).

So Dale told her he was going to put her to work when she came to visit. Sure enough he picked her up at the train station and headed straight for the hardware store.

When I cam home I found from work I found this in the garage:

Raw Materials

Needless to say I was excited!


So was Jackie, Dale’s mom! The little opening is about 20 inches. I went back upstairs and let them make some progress. By the following day they had gotten the thing put together, primed and had even started gathering the proper accessories!

Coming Together

I was amazed! We went to the store and acquired the proper flood lights, the chains, and (my big contribution) the “1st Prize” award. Dale set about making the star and the weathervane out of scrap pieces of wood.

I brought some glitter. Obviously. For the star! And the red Christmas bulb.

Dale made the house so it’s very sturdy but can be disassembled reasonably quickly. So he and his mom set about setting it up on the front yard!

Working TogetherThis is them, adorably carrying the spotlights out into the yard!

the frame

Dale brought the frame out!

The StarThe roof and handmade star were up next. In this pic, Dale and Jackie are adding the weathervane that Dale made.


And how cute is this!? Jackie felt we needed a little Snoopy and she was totally right! We picked up that little 18-inch Snoopy at the hardware store. I love how much it matches the cartoon! We even added a little red bulb. Snoopy

He’s adorable!SNOWAnd, like clockwork? It started to snow! We’ve had a few gawkers stop as they drive by and we even had someone trudge through the snow to get a pic with Snoopy. It’s been a fun conversation piece for the neighbors.

13 Replies to “Building Snoopy’s Dog House for Christmas”

    1. This was a design on the fly project, no plans were used. I would give you exact measurements but its currently packed away until December, I can tell you the entire thing was made from two 4×8 sheets of siding as you suggested.

      – To stiffen up the structure I ripped a couple 2×4 8′ to down the center and framed all edges of every panel.
      – The roof is hinged and thus lifts off in one piece and folds flat like a book.
      – The sides are held together with 8 screws, two per corner.
      – According to the internet the snoopy dog is 18″ tall.

      For a reference, I am 6′ tall.

      Hope this helps.
      If you build one be prepared to see a lot of stopped cars in front of your house, people really like it.

          1. Thanks. I am almost complete building mine. I put together powerpoint of the it, cut list, etc. with a couple of additions (i.e., floor so it can be used during the year also). Hope to complete it this weekend. Merry Christmas. sac

  1. I’m a peanuts fan, and love this. My son is starting to do his Eagle project. For his project he wants to build a snoopy dog house that has a roof that lifts up, so that anyone can drop off donations of food for our local shelter. If you have posted or do post the sizes please let me know.

  2. Building snoopy house for my grandchildren. What size and kind of hinges did you use for the roof?? Having a little trouble figuring out how that works. Do both sides have a 2×4 mounting board for the hinges??

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