As you can see, Beanie has enjoyed destroying her toy through chewing. This is why I prefer my DIY cardboard toys over store bought plastic toys. Since these toys are DIYs, if Beanie really likes a toy I do, however, need to remake it opposed to buying a new one. Today I’m going to show you how to make this toy from scratch.
For this DIY you’ll need:
- A hot gluegun
- A ruler
- Three skewers, or six popsicle sticks.
- A box/craft knife (Scissors are very difficult to work with!)
- A writing utensil, the darker the better.
- A drawing compass or template.
A pair of scissors can be useful for cutting the skewers, opposed to a knife.
- First cut two cardboard squares measuring 6×6 inches.
- Now cut two triangles measuring 6×6 inches.
- Using your drawing compass/template and pen mark out a circular doorway in the middle of each triangle.
- Cut out the circles.
- If you’re using skewers, which I find are grippier, cut up the skewers with your knife or scissors into six pieces. I made mine 5 inches long.
- If you’re using popsicle sticks you’ll just need six, and don’t do anything to them.
- Using your glue gun, glue the six skewers/popsicle sticks horizontally onto the two cardboard squares.
- Now glue the two squares onto the triangles creating a pyramid.
- Don’t glue the squares on so the sticks are vertical like I did, if you do you’ll have to rip the square from the triangle and re-glue it on 😂🙄
And hopefully from my images you get the idea of how to properly glue everything together.
And you’re done! This has got to be one of my favorite DIYs. It’s moderately simple to make, it’s lightweight, and it can serve so many purposes such as:
- Climbing toy
- Hidey house
- Travel toy
The sizes I listed were for Hamsters, Gerbils and Mice, but by improvising this toy can be for so many more pets like:
- Small dogs
- Sugar Gliders
- Guinea Pigs
And probably more!
I’m adding a snapshot of Beanie at the end of this post, let me know in the comments section below if you’d like me to add a snapshot in a random post each week.
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