a cat playing with a feather toy

Build Your Own Wand Toy (DIY)

Shopping list:

Glue gun or drill machine
50 – 100 inch leather cording
Plastic or wooden dowel
Something fun to chase (feathers, scraps of paper, etc.)

Also needed:

A pair of scissors
Patience

DYI Wand Toy Instructions

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Preparing the rod

    Take a plastic or wooden dowel of about 35 inches/85 cm long. Make sure it’s wide enough that it doesn’t snap easily. If your dowel is made of wood, you also need to check the surface for any dents or wood chips sticking out. If the surface is still rough, take some sanding paper and start sanding it down until the material nice and smooth.

  2. Connect a chord

    Next we will connect a leather cord to the rod. You have two options here; the easier way is to wrap the cord around one end of the dowel a few times, and then secure it with some hot glue. Hold it in place until the glue is fully dry and you’re good to go.

    The other (and in our opinion better) option is to drill a hole in the middle of one end of the dowel. Then insert the leather string through the hole and tie two knots, one on the outside and one on the inside. This should hold the chord firmly in place.

  3. Finish it off

    Now it’s time to attach an object that your cat likes to chase on the other side of the chord. You have plenty of options here: colorful ribbons, feathers, strands of crepe paper and bright shoelaces can all be used effectively. There are hundreds of other possible ideas. Use your imagination!

    Once you’ve found something good, use a prick or something sharp and pointy to poke a hole for the leather chord to go through. Finish everything of with a few more tight knots, and your home-made wand is good to go! Let us know in the comments how it turned out.

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