The Easiest DIY Toys (PartIII)

Layla doesn’t really play with toys aside from boxes. I have bought and made her many different kinds of toys and she has maintained a steady indifference towards most of them. This is a three part guide to the easiest DIY toys, which have all been approved by a very picky bunny.

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You have probably seen this little gem everywhere on the internet,including this tutorial from therabbithouse.com, but I can not sing its praises enough. It it is such a simple and effective idea. It encourages healthy hay consumption and keeps your buns minds active. I often see Layla pushing it around the ground while she tries to get the hay out of it. 

The best part is that it is so easy to make! Take a toilet paper tube and stuff it with hay. I like to cut holes in the side for her to try and pull hay through. You can keep refilling it with hay and when it has had its use you can recycle it. How great is that!

The only downfall with this one is that it can make a bit of a mess. Lays likes to pull all of the hay out of the roll and then proceeds to eat some of it off of the ground, leaving the rest to sit waiting to be cleaned up. Even with the mess this one has my vote!

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The Easiest DIY Toys (PartI)

Layla doesn’t really play with toys aside from boxes. I have bought and made her many different kinds of toys and she has maintained a steady indifference towards most of them. This is a three part guide to the easiest DIY toys, which have all been approved by a very picky bunny.

The first, is the easiest DIY toy on the planet. Do you eat oatmeal? If the answer is yes then you have a toy!

One day while visiting my parents my dad held up an empty oatmeal container and asked if Layla wanted it. I said we could try, figuring it would just be like any other toy. She might chew on it for a day and then forget about it the next. Well, let us just say she fell in love instantly. She was rolling it, flipping it and sticking as much of her body as she could fit inside of the thing. I was amazed at how long her attention lasted. The original container has stood up and remains months later.

It is as easy as removing the lid. Then cleaning it out a bit and handing it to your bun. It is up to your discretion on whether you give them the lid. I gave her it for a while, she seemed to really like it, until I noticed that she was chewing on the plastic more than I liked. A great part about this toy is when your bun decides they are done it can still be recycled.

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Pinecone Season

The trees are almost bare, which means one thing for all the bunny lovers here in Michigan. It is time for the final harvest of pinecones! Grab your basket or bag and get outside to supply your buns with the best homemade toy. Collecting and preparing your own pinecones is not only a great way to save money, those store bought pinecones are so expensive, but it also eco-friendly.You are saving on the shipping and production of a new toy.

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Here are a few tips and tricks.

  • Always consider the source of the pinecone. Was the tree treated with pesticides or other chemicals?
  • Look for the fat round cones instead of the long skinny ones.

How to prepare:

  • Give your cones a good scrub under hot water to remove all loose dirt
  • Fill sink or container with hot water and add 1 cup of vinegar
  • Soak cones for 30 minutes, periodically scrub and turn cones in water/vinegar solution
  • Rise with fresh water
  • Lay out to dry on towel for 2-3 days

You can also use an oven to speed up the drying process:

  • Set oven to 200 degrees
  • Spread cones on a flat surface, I have used a cookie sheet
  • Watch cones and oven carefully! Smoke is bad.
  • When cones are dry remove them from the oven
  • Let cool before giving to rabbit

So keep your eye out for these seasonal gems as you are walking around town. I have been known to end up with a purse full at the end of my day.

If you live in an area that does not have pinecones, Pineconesplus is a great dealer based out of Montana.