5-Minute Crafts

How to Make a Toy for a Cat With Your Own Hands


Adult cats need playtime every day. On average, this can last about 30 minutes, but it’s best to break it down into short sessions that are about 5-10 minutes long. Of course, a pet can entertain themselves, but if possible, at least half of these games should be with a human.

5-Minute Crafts will show you how to make 6 different toys for your cat from the materials you have at hand. During the games, don’t forget to keep an eye on your pet so that they don’t chew or swallow anything.

1. Little mouse

What you’ll need:

  • a box
  • a jar cap or a bottle cap
  • a pencil
  • a stationery knife
  • scissors
  • a toy on a stick

How to do it:

  • Using a pencil and a jar or bottle cap, trace a few circles on the top part of the box.
  • Take a utility knife and cut out the circles you’ve drawn.
  • Cut a small window on the side of the box so your hand can get inside the box.
  • Place the cover back on the box. When playing, you can use a toy on a stick because it’ll be more convenient.

2. Elusive balls

What you’ll need:

  • a can of chips
  • a stationery knife
  • glue
  • a piece of soft cloth or microfiber
  • 3-4 balls

How to do it:

  • Cut a small rectangle out of the can. Its width shouldn’t exceed the size of the ball.
  • Apply glue to the can and around the edges of the rectangle.
  • Cover the can with a piece of a soft cloth.
  • Put the balls inside. Their number should be such that they can roll freely inside the can. Don’t forget to close the can with the lid.

3. Surprise ball

What you need:

  • a toilet paper roll
  • scissors
  • a pencil
  • a watercolor pen
  • a nut or small ball

How to do it:

  • Using a pencil, mark strips about 0.4 inches wide on the roll.
  • Take scissors and cut the roll into circles.
  • Slide the circles into each other to form a ball.
  • Color each circle to make the toy more beautiful.
  • Put a nut or any other round object inside the ball.

4. The magic wand

What you need:

  • foil wrapper
  • scissors
  • scotch tape
  • a drinking straw

How to do it:

  • Cut strips that are about 0.4 inches wide from the wrapper.
  • Place the scotch tape in front of you with the sticky side facing you. Glue the strips onto it.
  • Take the straw and wrap the foil tape around it. Secure with another piece of tape.

5. Elusive butterflies

What you need:

  • paper squares (4×4 inches)
  • scissors
  • a needle or tape

How to do:

  • Fold a square of paper diagonally and straighten it. Then do the same, folding the paper diagonally the other way and straighten it. Then fold the paper in half and straighten it again.
  • Form a triangle. To do this, hold the piece of paper in front of you so that the line that appeared after you folded it in half is horizontal. Then, fold the right and left sides inward where the folding lines are visible, and straighten the corners outward. Now you’ve got a triangle.
  • Fold the corners of one side of the triangle up toward the center.
  • Flip the triangle over and lower the apex in front of you. Bend the tip and hook it onto the base of the triangle. To do this, you will have to pull and bend the paper slightly. The larger the tip you’re going to wrap is, the more voluminous butterfly you will get. But don’t overdo it, so you don’t tear the paper.
  • Turn the paper over again. Fold it in half, paying special attention to the tip. Release and you will see a butterfly in front of you.
  • Tie a thread to the butterfly. To do this, you can use a needle or a piece of tape.
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