Here’s the second part in my DIY Bunny Toys series in which I’ll be showing you how to make really easy and cheap DIY bunny toys with things that you have ready access to in your home. If you haven’t already read part 1, click here to learn how to make fabulous and fun bunny toys using a toilet roll tube.
Rabbits need ample playtime which promotes physical exercise and lots of mental enrichment. Otherwise they could get bored and depressed – leading to unhealthy or unhappy bunnies. So, it’s essential to provide enough toys for them to flex their mental muscles and keep them active.
In this article I’ll be taking you through an easy step-by-step process, showing you how to make 4 more easy DIY bunny toys using toilet roll tubes, cardboard boxes and newspapers.
All of these toys are tried and tested by Carrot and Clover. Scroll to the end to see how to make the Carrot and Clover’s favourite – the Puzzle Carton.
Part 2. More DIY bunny toy ideas
- Treat Dispenser
- Fun Digging Box
- Stick Tube
- Puzzle Carton
Grab your bun and let’s get started.
The Treat Dispenser is the posh cousin of the Treat Tube in part 1. It elevates the fun and is slightly more interactive than the regular Treat Tube. This toy is a great way to keep your bunny occupied as well as keeping them mentually stimulated. It let’s them figure out the puzzle and get rewarded with a yummy treat for doing so.
Carrot & Clover tip: If you have more than one bunny, I would recommend making each bunny their own treat dispenser. I normally make 2 at a time so that both Carrot and Clover can each have their own toy to play with.
What you’ll need:
- 1 toilet roll = 1 Treat Tube Dispenser
- Pair of scissors
- Treats (pellets or bits of fruit)
How to make the Treat Dispenser
Using your scissors, cut/punch different size holes into the toilet roll tube all around. You want to make the holes just big enough that the treats will fall out when the tube is rolled around or shaken.
Fold over the ends of one side of the toilet roll, so that there is a “flap” that meets and can hold the treats inside. Pop the treat inside, fold over the “flap” on the other end of the tube and watch the fun begin! Your bunny will smell the treat inside and go wild trying to roll the tube around so that the treats will fall out and they can have a little nibble.
Initially some bunnies might find this a bit challenging especially if they haven’t really seen it before or played with toys that have a puzzle element. Make some of the holes bigger if your bunny hasn’t played with this type of toy before, so that they get the idea. Be patient with them and show them that if they roll the tube around they’ll be rewarded with a tasty treat.
Fun Digging Box
This is one of the easiest DIY bunny toys to make. It only takes a few minutes to put together and your bun will have hours of fun digging, scratching and chewing the cardboard and newspaper.
Rabbits have a natural instinct to dig, so this boredom buster allows them to express their urge to dig, without them doing so in a destructive way, like digging on your carpet or bedding.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cardboard box – low enough to the ground so that your bunny can easily jump inside
How to make the Fun Digging Box
This is so easy to make! All you have to do is scrunch newspaper into balls, and place them inside the digging box. For added interest, you can “hide” pellets or treat inside. Your bunny will love expressing their natural love for digging, as well as getting rewarded with a tasty treat.
The Stick Tube is one of those ridiculously easy toys that you can mass make. I love the simplicity of it.
What you’ll need:
- 1 toilet roll = 1 Stick Tube
- Scissors (optional)
Carrot & Clover tip: I recommend using willow sticks which you can get from a number of local online pet shops. I’ve put a few links right at the bottom of this blog post of trusted retailers that I use for willow twigs.
How to make the Stick Tube
Take your toilet roll tube and cut even holes throughout. You want to be able to pass the twigs straight through the holes, so it resembles a tree trunk with branches coming out. The twigs add a new dimension to the trusty old toilet roll toy, which your rabbit can nibble on, chew, and toss around. You can leave a few of these lying around the house, or in your bunny’s enclosure to keep them occupied.
This toy is wonderful for bunnies who love “puzzle” toys and games. It will encourage their natural instinct to forage while adding to their mental enrichment. Clover particularly loves the Puzzle Carton and will spend hours trying to get to the treats inside.
*Disclaimer: this one can get a bit loud with the treats ratting around inside as your bunny tosses it around.
What you’ll need:
- 1 empty cardboard egg carton
- Hay (optional)
How to make a Puzzle Carton
Take an empty egg carton, you can use the smaller size (holds 6 eggs) or the larger ones (holds 18 eggs). I generally use the larger one as it’s just more robust and Carrot and Clover have more fun digging and chewing the larger one.
Open the carton and place your bunny’s favourite treats inside the egg cups. Then fill the inside of the carton with hay. Close the lid and punch a few holes into the top of the carton. Your bun will love the idea of foraging and chewing.
Carrot & Clover tip: Remove any price stickers from the egg carton first. You don’t want your bunny ingesting anything that has glue on it, which may not be safe for them to eat.
I hope these four easy and cheap DIY bunny toys sparked some inspiration and encourage you to play with your bunny. I recently wrote an article for The Virtual Bunny Club titled “How to play with your bunny” which you may also find helpful.
Recommended suppliers for willow twigs:
Have you made any of the boredom buster toys I’ve shown here? I’d love to know about it. Please leave a comment below, or share your photos with me on Facebook.
Wishing you many bunny kisses and binkies.
Bye for now.