Topsy-Turvy Pillow Pocket Forager

I saw a toy on Chopper’s Toys recently that made me kind of annoyed at myself – why hadn’t I thought of it before? It’s so simple! And a foraging toy to boot.


topsy all

Things you will need:

  • 2 Pillow Boxes ($0.50 each)
  • About 1.5 feet of poly rope ($0.18/foot)
  • Crinkle Paper (~$0.25 worth)
  • scissors
  • Treats!

Total material cost (excluding treats): $1.52
Total time: 5 minutes

Step 1: Cut your pillow pockets in half (through the middle of the width) so that you have 4 halves


Step 2: Use the flaps to make the paper puff out like a pillow.

Step 3: Use the scissors (or a pen, drill bit, skewer, etc) to poke a hole through the bottom.


Step 4: Take your length of poly rope and knot the end of it.

Step 5: Feed the poly rope through the bottom of pillow, so that the bottom rests on the knot.

knotted pillow

Step 6: Place treats in the bottom of the pillow, and then cover with crinkle paper. I am using pieces of millet spray.



Step 7: Feed another pillow pocket onto the poly rope, and place it so that it sits perpendicular to the one below it.


Step 8: Place treats and crinkle paper into the second pocket.

Step 9: Repeat steps 5-7 with the remaining two pillows, placing each one perpendicular to the one below it, so that it alternates.

Step 10: Finish off the toy by knotting the poly rope into a loop from which you will be able to hang the toy by.


And you’re done!


You can put any kind of dry treat in these for foraging fun. Also, this would work well on a 10 or 12 inch stainless steel skewer for those of you that prefer that option. Either way, I am excited to see how the flock like this one!


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