Category Archives: DIY Toys
This is a great and inexpensive way to add some fun to your rabbit’s floor time. It also mimics a rabbit’s natural habitat by providing a series of tunnel systems for them to run and explore!
- Cardboard boxes (These can be any size although you may want to avoid any that are too small for your rabbit to fit through!)
- Cat tunnel (I get mine from the dollar store however if you don’t have these already, can’t find them in your area or they are too pricey you could also use different rectangular boxes or large mailing tubes to create the same effect.
- Box cutter
- Pencil, pen or marker to mark cut outs
- Any other toys or treats you have around the house that you may want to hide inside for your rabbit to find!
- $0-$3 This could be free if you only use boxes and tunnels you’ve already purchased. Since these tunnels are from the dollar store they cost me $2 plus tax.
Begin by deciding which side of the box you want your tunnel to go through. Hold the tunnel against the box and draw around it to get the right size for your circle.
Now use your box cutter to cut along the outline you drew. You have the perfect hole to fit your tunnel! Now repeat this on the other box so you can pop the other side of the tunnel through it and connect the boxes together!
You could get really creative with this and have an entire system of boxes and tunnels that connect together! Make sure that you also cut a few doorways so your rabbits can get in and out of the maze!
I also like to add a few toys and fun things for my rabbits to find within their tunnels. In the larger box there is an old yellow pages book which the rabbits love to dig and shred! I’ve also added a few willow toys and a couple treats for them to find!
After cleaning out the cages this morning I found I had a lot of its and bits left over from old toys. In the rabbits’ toy box I also had quite a few toys with predrilled holes in them or things that could easily be hung on string. I decided to take some of these toys and create new toys from them. This is a great way to reuse those odd pieces that get left behind, generate new interest from toys your rabbit has grown bored with and provide enrichment for your rabbit.
- Any old toys you have around the house – these could be loofah chews, wooden toys, willow rings or willow balls. I’ve used parts of old rattles and fling toys as well as some new wood chews that I just hadn’t given to the rabbits yet.
- Sisal string or twine
- Hooks to hang the toys from
- $0-$5 if you need to purchase the string or hooks.
Begin by cutting your string to the desired length. Keep in mind you’ll want some extra to form a loop at the top (so that you can hang your toy from a hook if desired) and to create a thick knot at the bottom. Next make a loop at the top of your string and knot it a few times to secure it.
Now add your desired toys.
Finish by tying a secure knot at the base of the toy.
I also had a rectangular wood block that had two predrilled holes in it. Originally it had various pieces hanging from it that Honey had chewed apart a long time ago. I slid the string through the holes and added the toys on so they would hang off either side of the base.
With all of the spare pieces I had from leftover toys I was able to make three new toys that hang from the tops of the rabbit’s cages as well as a garland of chews for our hamster. The rabbits were so excited about their ‘new’ toys they immediately began knocking them around and nibbling on the different bits. Success!
A few weeks ago the bunnies received a surprise gift from Hayley, Mocha and Lulu of 101Rabbits! After eagerly opening the package, the bunnies began binkying in excitement – it was a bag o’ hay!
I put the bag on the floor and Rocky and Honey hopped up to it excitedly.
Rocky proceeded to rip it open, having a good look inside and pulling out a few oat pellets and bits of hay!
Next up was Honey’s turn! She chinned the top of the bag and satisfied she had marked it as her own, started to have a munch!
It was a big hit! Thank you Hayley, the bunnies loved their present!
You can learn how to make this toy here.