Introducing…

I have been hoarding bird toy parts for a long time now. Well, I was going through stuff and thinking I could downsize, which I have done before, but never with any real gusto. I then thought about how much I enjoy making toys. My Quaker boys – whom I affectionately call “my little monsters” – really are particular about their toys, so they are kind of boring to make toys for.

That’s when I decided to open up my own bird toy shop.

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Video: Making a Loop

It came to my attention that when I say something like “make the end of the rope into a loop” that it is not as straightforward for some people as it is for me! Thus, here is a video showing you how!

 

And here is how you can make a double strand:

 

Want 4 strands to make a toy without a toy base?

 

Hopefully that clears it up and explains it a bit more for those of you who needed extra assistance!

Buy or Make: IGAW’s Wacky Woody

Do you ever look at a toy somewhere and think, “Geez, I could make that for a lot cheaper?” I certainly do! Sometimes the sticker shock makes me think I might be overpaying for an item if I buy it from a vendor.

Recently I decided to take on the challenge of making a version of the I Got a Woody Bird Toys’ “Wacky Woody” , specifically the Barrel Bead version. The toys look awesome; they are full of the chippable barrel beads that my Hahn’s covets so much. I tend to be a cheapskate, and the $35 to $40 price tag made me a bit dizzy. I happened to have the materials on hand, and set out today to see what really goes into this toy.

My results:

homemadewacky

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