DIY Catnip Toy

DIY Catnip Toy

This DIY catnip toy is an easy and fun family activity that your kitty will go nuts for. (Probably literally!)

Our cats bring so much happiness into our lives with their head butts, frisky behavior, and biscuit-making. One simple way to enhance their playfulness is with toys, and what better way to show your love and appreciation for them than with a handmade catnip toy?

For this craft, you’ll need a few baby socks (or any socks without holes), some rope, dried catnip, and filler. Your house lion will be playing with their new toy in minutes!

DIY Catnip Sock & Rope Toy

Supplies

  • Dried catnip
  • Baby socks (or any type of sock without holes)
  • Twine
  • Jute or sisal rope
  • Cotton balls or polyfill
DIY Catnip Toy

Catnip is an herb containing an oil called nepetalactone. When a cat rubs on it or licks it, the nepetalactone is released, putting the kitty in a euphoric state.

Some cats react to catnip by getting zoomies, while others find it calming. However your furry feline responds, this homemade catnip toy will provide hours of entertainment and enrichment.

Making the Toy

  1. Cut the jute or sisal rope to the length you’d like. A longer length will let you drag it across the floor for your kitty or tie it to their cat tree.
  2. These types of ropes tend to fray, so tie each end of the rope. As it frays over time, it will become an enhancement to the toy!
  3. Take a portion of the polyfill and stretch it a bit. Sprinkle a healthy teaspoon of catnip in the center. The amount of catnip you use will depend on the size of sock. (A little goes a long way!)
  4. Fold the polyfill together to enclose the catnip and slide it into the sock. If needed, add additional polyfill to fill out the sock.
  5. Cut a piece of twine and tie the ankle of the sock closed. Wrap and tie the ankle several times to ensure a tight closure.
  6. Once all the socks are stuffed and sealed, tie each to the rope at varying distances apart using the twine.
  7. Finally, snip the ends of the twine short to the rope. It’s now ready for your cat to sink their claws into!
DIY Catnip Toy using Baby Socks
DIY Catnip Toy using Baby Socks

Tip to Increase Longevity

Dried catnip loses its potency over time. However, you can refresh its appeal to your kitty with several sprays of catnip spray.

DIY Catnip Toy using Baby Socks

DIY Catnip Toy

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Making a cat toy filled with dried catnip is an easy and fun family activity that your kitty will go nuts for. Literally!
Assembly Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Crafts
Cuisine Non-Edible
Servings 1 toy

Equipment/Supplies

  • Scissors

Ingredients
  

  • Catnip, dried
  • Baby socks or any type of sock without holes
  • Twine
  • Jute or sisal rope
  • Cotton balls or polyfill

Instructions
 

  • Cut the jute or sisal rope to the length you’d like. A longer length will let you drag it across the floor for your kitty or tie it to their cat tree.
  • These types of ropes tend to fray, so tie each end of the rope. As it frays over time, it will become an enhancement to the toy!
  • Take a portion of the polyfill (or cotton ball) and stretch it a bit. Sprinkle a healthy teaspoon of catnip in the center. The amount of catnip you use will depend on the size of sock. (A little goes a long way!)
    DIY Catnip Toy
  • Fold the polyfill together to enclose the catnip and slide it into the sock. If needed, add additional polyfill to fill out the sock.
  • Cut a piece of twine and tie the ankle of the sock closed. Wrap and tie the ankle several times to ensure a tight closure.
    DIY Catnip Toy using Baby Socks
  • Once all the socks are stuffed and sealed, tie each to the rope at varying distances apart using the twine.
    DIY Catnip Toy using Baby Socks
  • Finally, snip the ends of the twine short to the rope. It’s now ready for your cat to sink their claws into!
    DIY Catnip Sock & Rope Toy

Notes

Tips

Dried catnip loses its potency over time. However, you can refresh its appeal to your kitty with several sprays of catnip spray.
Keyword Cat Toy, Catnip, Crafts
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DIY Birdseed Ornaments

DIY Birdseed Ornaments

Add some seasonal cheer to your garden by making birdseed cakes using your favorite holiday shapes.

Making birdseed ornaments is super easy and a great family activity. Not only do these charming seed cakes add cheer to your outdoor space, but they also serve to feed the hungry birds getting ready for warmer weather. All you need is a bit of birdseed, some gelatin, and a little water.

DIY Birdseed Ornaments in Easter Shapes

Only 3 Simple Ingredients

To make birdseed cakes in general, all you need is birdseed, gelatin, and water.

Any type of outdoor birdseed will do, but some mixtures are formulated to attract different types of birds. So, if you want to feed a specific bird family, check the label on what you’re getting. I use the general seed mixture so I can feed the maximum variety of birds.

For those birds who forage on the ground, they’ll still be able to partake in your seed cake creations because the birds feeding on them will knock some seed to the ground as they peck

Gelatin, the unflavored kind and absolutely not Jell-O, is the “glue” that holds the birdseed together. If you’re vegan, you can use an equal amount of agar agar. The birds won’t mind!

Adding water to activate the gelatin is the only other ingredient you’ll need for the basic birdseed cake.

Easily Customizable

You can embellish this basic recipe with other wild bird-friendly goodies like:

  • crushed, unsalted peanuts
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • tiny bits of dried fruit

Do an internet search to find what birds in your region like most!

What Not To Add

There are many things that shouldn’t be fed to wild birds, and here’s a short list.

  • Milk products: Birds can’t digest it.
  • Bread: Bread holds no nutritional value for birds. They like it and will probably stuff themselves on it, but it won’t keep them healthy.
  • Rice: Uncooked rice expands in a bird’s stomach, which can cause tearing and even death.

This is not an exhaustive list, so if you’re unsure, do a little online research.

Assembling the Birdseed Cakes

For this recipe, I used large, 1″ deep metal cookie cutters, but you can use any type of mold. Just make sure you spray them with olive oil or a non-stick cooking spray, as the birdseed mixture will stick.

  1. Spray the molds with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the packet of unflavored gelatin and 2 tablespoons of water to a medium bowl. Let it sit for 1 minute to “bloom.”
  3. Pour the 1/3 cup of boiling water into the gelatin and stir until it’s completely dissolved.
  4. Add in the birdseed and mix until well-coated.
  5. Lay your molds on a lined cookie sheet. Spoon the birdseed mixture into the molds and press down to compact the seed. The mixture will be sticky!
  6. Using a straw or chopstick, poke a hole in the mold where the string will go.
  7. Refrigerate molds overnight.
  8. In the morning, gently remove the birdseed from the molds. Lace the string or ribbon through to hang outside.
  9. Sit back and watch your feathery friends enjoy your creation!

Store any extra in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. They will get moldy if you don’t, and then you’ll have to throw them away.

While these birdseed cakes won’t melt in the hot sun, they may begin to disintegrate with a lot of rainfall.

This birdseed cake recipe is simple yet versatile. You can use nearly anything as a mold.

DIY Birdseed Ornaments

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Turn your birdseed into adorable ornaments with only a few simple ingredients! Hang them in your garden or yard, and watch your feathered friends flock to enjoy the treat you've crafted just for them.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Course Crafts

Equipment/Supplies

  • Silicone molds, cookie cutters, ramekins, cupcake tins
  • Rope or ribbons
  • Straw or chopstick something to make a hole

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups wild birdseed
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin* (not Jell-O)
  • 1/3 cup water plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 tbsp peanuts, unsalted, crushed (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Spray the molds or cookie cutters with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the packet of unflavored gelatin with 2 tablespoons water, and let sit for 1 minute
  • Pour the 1/3 cup of boiling water into gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Add in the birdseed and mix until well coated.
  • Lay your molds on a lined cookie sheet. Spoon the birdseed mixture into molds and press down to compact the seed. Mixture will be sticky.
  • Using a straw or chopstick, poke a hole in the mold where the string will go.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, gently remove the birdseed from the molds. Lace the string or ribbon through to hang outside.

Notes

*Vegan Option

Use an equal amount of agar, about 2 1/2 teaspoons, in place of the gelatin.

Shelf-life & Storage

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
Keyword Bird, Birdseed, Crafts
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