How to make free rabbit toys from toilet roll tubes

Its important for your rabbits well being to ensure your enrich its environment with lots of toys to prevent them becoming bored. Providing distractions can also be a good way to prevent your rabbit from playing with or more often chewing on your wooden furniture, wires and carpet. These toys however, can be expensive and the novelty of them can wear off pretty quickly. The solution is simple, instead of spending more money, make them yourself. Some of the simplest and most effective toys can be made out of old toilet rolls.
rabbit toy made from toilet roll tubes
Rabbits loves simple toys made from old toilet tubes

Toilet roll toys seem to keep rabbits entertained for hours and have many different uses. They can be stacked up so your rabbits can knock them down and toss them around. The rolls can also be filled with timothy hay which makes them even more fun. They can also simply be left out to be rolled about and tossed around.

Remember they are supposed to be used as a toy, so if you find your rabbit has been eating a lot of them then you may want to restrict their access. Don’t worry about the odd nibble as this won’t be harmful.

Below we have put together some examples of toys that can be made in a few minutes, so start collecting old rolls. Try out making some of these toys or experiment in making your own, you could even share some of your handy work.

Twig tree

rabbit playing with toy made from toilet roll willow twig

If your rabbit like chew on twigs then a great way of making them more interesting is to push then through a toilet roll. This will help keep them together in one place, off the floor and stop them being pushed to the corners of the room, where interest in them can be quickly lost. Remember don’t just use any old twigs either buy some willow sticks from a pet store or find some twigs that are OK for your rabbit to chew on.

The verdict – This toy was very successful with our rabbit, he enjoyed tossing it about and within a few hours had chewed the sticks down to the roll. We then put it away for a bit and reloaded it again with some new sticks. We got the willow sticks from a pet store, but going forward we will source our own or it may start costing quite a bit. The only concern with this toy was that it could cause a problem if a rabbit were to run in to it and poke themselves.

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • Some willow sticks
  • Pen or other pointed implement
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take 1 toilet roll and push a pencil or other pointed implement through one side and out the other.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Take a stick and push it through one side and out the other. Repeat till you have about 10 to 20 sticks.

Treat tumbler

rabbit playing with treat tumbler toy made from toilet roll

Its nice to give your rabbit some treats the only problem is they often don’t last very long. A way to keep your rabbit amused for longer is to hide them in a toy like a treat tumbler. It may take a while for your rabbit to get the hang of this at first but when their natural foraging instincts take over. Once they work out the connection between pushing the roll around and treats coming out they will always go back to it. However don’t be surprised if they decide to take a short cut and rip it apart.

The verdict – This toy didn’t fair to well, our rabbit soon lost interest in pushing it around and simply chewed his way in to it.

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • Some treats
  • Some paper or tissue
  • Scissors
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take 1 toilet roll and cut a small hole in the middle about 1 inch across.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Take a sheet of paper or tissue and ball it up so that it can be wedged into one end of the toilet roll.
  • Step 3
    Step 3Fill the roll with some treats, no need to fill it up just put a few in as it can always be refilled
  • Step 4
    Step 4Finally take another ball of paper or tissue and block the other end up.

Hay ball

rabbit playing with hay ball toy made from toilet roll

If you don’t mind a bit of mess and want to encourage your rabbit to eat more fiber, a fun toy can be made out of a ball out of hay covered with strips cut from a toilet roll. It probably won’t last very long but will be fun for your rabbit tossing it about and breaking in to it.

The – verdict. Although this toy was quite tricky to make, it lasted a surprisingly long time. We thought it would simply be ripped apart, but our rabbit enjoyed knocking it about and chewing the hay poking out the sides. It made a lot more mess then simply stuffing a toilet roll with hay!

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • Some course hay
  • Scissors
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take the roll and cut in into 1 inch strips, this should leave you with about 5 rings.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Take a hand full of hay and make it into a ball about the size of a fist.
  • Step 3
    Step 3Slide the rings over the ball in different direction till the hay is covered up. You want it to be quite a tight fit or it will fall apart quite quickly.
  • Step 4
    Step 4Repeat till it makes a ball

Hay roll

rabbit playing with hay roll toy made from toilet roll

A simple way of providing an engaging toy and getting your rabbit to eat some hay is to stuff a toilet roll with some hay. Its best to use some course hay otherwise it can simply fall out, you could also try folding in the ends of the roll to prevent the hay coming out too easily.

The – verdict. Our rabbit quite liked this toy, probably more so because of the hay which he could pull out and make a mess. It was simple to make and was more interesting then just a toilet roll on its own.

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • Some course hay
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take a hand full of hay, you are going to need enough to fill the roll. You can make this fit more securely by folding the hay over a few times.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Next take the toilet roll and push the hay inside so it fits firmly.
  • Step 3
    Step 3Lastly to stop the hay coming out to easily take your thumb and push down on the edge of the roll so it folds in making a kind of a U shape. Repeat this on both sides at each end.

Hanging hay roll

rabbit playing with hanging hay roll toy made from toilet roll

If you really want to give your rabbits a special treat, make some hanging toys that dangle at head height. Hanging toys are guaranteed to keep you rabbit amused. You may want to supervise this just in case your rabbit gets tangled up, and it might be worth putting a mat underneath to catch falling hay and treats, be prepared for the mess.

The – verdict. This was probably one of the best toys for maintaining interest. Every time our rabbit came in the room he would go up to it an have a little nibble. It definitely kept him away from chewing on some of the soft furnishing that hang down in the room. Although it takes some setting up it was worth the effort and is a toy we will maintain in the room. We have also got into stuffing other things in the rolls such as greens.

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tube
  • Some course hay
  • Pen or other pointed implement
  • Scissors
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take a pencil and make a small hold half way along the tube
  • Step 2
    Step 2Next pass a length of string through the roll and tie it off on the inside so it wont pull through
  • Step 3
    Step 3Next stuff the toilet roll with some hay and push the end in as described in making a hay roll above
  • Step 4
    Step 4You can hang this on its own at head heigh for your rabbit
  • Step 5
    Step 5If you want you can make a few more of these and tie them to a second piece of string, You can tie this around a chair or table so it hangs down at head height.

Playing skittles

rabbit playing with toilet roll tubes

Rabbits love to knock things down, turn things over and toss them about. The simplest things to do with a few toilet rolls is to stack a load of them up on top of each other. Now all you have to do is wait till the temptation becomes too much and you rabbit has to knock them over, then stack them up again. This is a game that can go on for just about as long as you want to play it. Try building a fence by lining them or even hiding some treats under them to make it more fun.

The verdict – We had a lot of fun playing with these, It seems our rabbit could not let them stay standing in the room for very long and felt compelled to knock them down. We did admittedly hide some treats under them to make this more fun. It worth having a stack of these for when you want to sit on the floor and play with your rabbit.

You will need

  • 5 toilet roll tubes
  • Step 1
    Step 1Step 1Step 1Step 1Build the stacks up and let your rabbit knock them over

Treat hider

rabbit playing with toy made from toilet roll tubes with treats

Another simple toy you can make that will keep your rabbit busy is to pack toilet rolls inside one another so treats can be wedged inside the folds in the end. Simple but effective.

The verdict – This toy was a lot more fun then the treat tumbler we built and the smell of treats kept our rabbit interested. Surprisingly he didn’t just eat the treats be also enjoyed tossing it about as well.

You will need

  • 5 toilet tubes
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take the first toilet roll then roughly fold another roll along its length and slide it inside.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Repeat this till the first roll is packed out will a number of rolls.
  • Step 3
    Step 3Finally push some treats into the folds at each end.

Spiral toy

rabbit playing with toy made from toilet roll cut in spiral

Rabbit playing with spiral toy made from toilet roll inner If you don’t want the mess of a hanging toy filled with hay, but your rabbit enjoys dangling toys, try making a toilet roll into a kind of spring that hangs down. This takes a lot less time and can be just as fun.

The verdict – This toy soon lost it’s interest and eventually was left untouched. We tried hanging it down but compared to the hay rolls didn’t prove interesting so we left it on the floor where our rabbit tried to toss it about but he didn’t seem to find this much fun.

You will need

  • 1 toilet roll tubes
  • Scissors
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take the roll and start cutting into one edge at about 15 degrees
  • Step 2
    Step 2Repeat this till the first roll is packed out will a number of rolls
  • Step 3
    Step 3You can just leave this out as it is, but it’s more fun to tie it onto something so that it dangles down

Rattle

rabbit playing with toss toy made from toilet roll tubes

Rabbit love playing with toys they can toss about that they can make a noise and this toy does both. It keeps the mess together and as the rings get munched off you can keep adding more.

The verdict – If your rabbit like toss toys then this will keep them busy and the best thing about it is rather then a bell or ball the rustling is not so loud that it will keep you up at night.

You will need

  • 3 toilet roll tubes
  • Step 1
    Step 1Take the toilet roll tubes and cut them it into slices about 1 inch across.
  • Step 2
    Step 2Cut a length of sting about 8 inches long.
  • Step 3
    Step 3Thread the slices on to the string and tie the ends together.

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