Last week And My Cat brought you four easy ways to recycle toilet paper rolls into toys for your kitty. This week's DIY project is equally simple! Your kitty doesn't need a fancy store-bought toy to send her into a joyful frenzy... homemade toys can provide hours of entertainment and save you some cash. Gather some pipe cleaners and spend a few minutes on one (or both) of these projects, and your kitty and pocketbook will thank you later!
Twist the ends of two different colored pipe cleaners together.
- Fold the top 1 inch of the twisted end back 180 degrees. Hold the folded tip with your thumb, pressing it against the body of a pencil.
Twist the pipe cleaners around the body of the pencil, forming a coil.
- Finish the coil by twisting the bottom inch and folding 180 degrees. Tuck the bottom fold into the coil to conceal the sharp edge.
Photo courtesy AlishaV.
Pipe Cleaner Ball
- Place two pipe cleaners in an X shape.
- Twist one pipe cleaner in the middle around the middle of the other pipe cleaner. One loop around should be enough.
- Now twist the other pipe cleaner around the first. This will hold them together securely.
- Take the matching ends of one of the pipe cleaners and twist them together. This will leave the toy with one full loop attached to one straight pipe cleaner.
- If any sharp edges are exposed, twist them down and around the pipe cleaner as tightly as possible so that they aren't dangerous and the area is relatively smooth.
- Bring the end of the other pipe cleaner up and around so that it meets where you just twisted the first pipe cleaner into a loop. At that seam twist the free end onto the first pipe cleaner to make another half loop.
- Take the final free pipe cleaner end and twist that into the place where all the other ends meet. Make sure it's twisted tightly and securely.
Keep in mind: The fuzzier the pipe cleaner, the more chance your kitty will take interest in it! So pick up the fuzziest pipe cleaners you can get your hands on. If at first your cat isn't attracted to the pipe cleaner toy, try sprinkling it with some catnip. Always supervise your cat during pipe cleaner playtime, and remove the toy if your cat chews it excessively.
Projects adapted from eHow and Squidoo.