DIY pet door in a screen door

DIY pet door in our screen door {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our Boston Terrier, Annabelle, loves going outside during the warmer months, and it was kind of a pain. She’d scratch at a door to be let out, and then two minutes later she’d decide it was too cold/hot/rainy/windy and want back inside.

When she figured out she could throw herself at the back screen door and push it open, one of us would have to go over and shut it again (she never learned that part) to keep the bugs out. Two minutes later, she’d be scratching at the front door again. Arghhh!

DIY pet door in our screen door {Heather's Handmade Life}
Our basic screen door leading to our back deck

Our back screen door is just a cheap wooden-framed one (basically this one) and I decided it would be easy to add a pet door into one of the lower panels. So I hopped online and expected to see a $20 or $30 option I could toss into my cart. Um, nope! I was shocked to see pet doors were in the $160-$300 range — just for flimsy plastic doors. What was wrong with the world?

I grumped about that for a few minutes and then decided I could figure something else out. Something much cheaper …

DIY pet door in our screen door {Heather's Handmade Life}
Our new DIY pet door!

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DIY pet door in our screen door {Heather's Handmade Life}
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