9 DIY Hamster Toys You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Last Updated: November 16, 2020

Hamsters sure do love to play! Once your hamster’s cage is complete, it’s time to think about providing them with enrichment activities. There’s plenty of options for making toys to keep your furry little friend entertained.

From boredom breaker toys that will encourage your hamster to forage for their food, to cute little donut tunnels that provide them with a safe spot to hide, there are so many different options out there!

We’ve rounded up our favorite nine DIY creations — and there are seriously creative hamster owners out there!

The great news is that almost all of these DIY hamster toys require minimal equipment and DIY skills. So even if you have never attempted a DIY project before, we reckon that these are the perfect ones to start with!

We’ve listed the materials and tools that you’ll need for each project, most of which should be easily found in your house already. Don’t forget that if you’re going to use anything with paint, you need to select a pet-safe and non-toxic brand that’s safe for hamsters.

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#1: Cute Popsicle Fort From Pinterest

Cute Popsicle Fort From Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Skill Level: Beginner

This simple Popsicle Fort from Pinterest is a great idea for providing a cozy elevated hideaway for your hamster. All you’ll need is Popsicle sticks and non-toxic glue before you let your imagination run wild! This is a great project for kids to get involved with too.

Materials
  • Colored and plain Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
Tools
  • Scissors or knife

#2: Easy Cardboard Hamster Wheel

Easy Cardboard Hamster Wheel
Image: Mr. H2, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner

If your hamster loves their wheel, this YouTube tutorial from Mr. H2 for an easy cardboard hamster wheel will keep them entertained for hours. Made using basic materials, this wheel can be made in just a short amount of time, and your hamster will enjoy it for much longer!

Materials
  • Pencil
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Flat cardboard
  • Wooden dowel
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
Tools
  • Compass
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Drill

#3: Popsicle Pallet Swing From Pinterest

Popsicle Pallet Swing From Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Skill Level: Beginner

Pallet swings are one of our favorite things, so why not treat your hamster to a miniature version using this design on Pinterest! This cute swing is another extremely easy project to make, and it’ll only be a couple of hours before your hamster can be hanging out on their new toy.

Materials
  • Colored and plain Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • String.
Tools
  • Knife or scissors

#4: Paper Mache Igloo House From The Secret Life of My Hamster

Paper Mache Igloo House From The Secret Life of My Hamster
Image: The Secret Life of My Hamster, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner

If your hamster loves hiding away while they sleep or snack on hidden food, this paper mache igloo from The Secret Life of My Hamster is a great way to give them a safe place to sleep, play, and eat! This is another easy project that’s suitable for kids. Once you’ve made the mold, you can create multiple igloos if you have more than one hamster.

Materials
  • Pringles tube
  • Small plastic bowl
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape
  • PVA glue
  • Plastic food wrap
Tools
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

#5: Cardboard Beehive Hideout on Pinterest

Cardboard Beehive Hideout on Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Skill Level: Beginner

Another cheap and cheerful option for your hamster is this cute little hanging beehive from Pinterest. Simply made from layering circles of cardboard, your hamster will enjoy playing in this hidey-hole as it swings from side to side.

Materials
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glue
  • Wire
  • Stand
Tools
  • Scissors or craft knife

#6: Boredom Breaker Food Ball and More From Victoria Raechel

Boredom Breaker Food Ball and More From Victoria Raechel
Image: Victoria Raechel, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner

This YouTube video from Victoria Raechel includes plenty of great DIY toy ideas to keep your hamster entertained. Most of them involve encouraging your hamster to forage for their food rather than eating it straight from a bowl. You won’t need any complicated equipment to get these boredom breakers set up either!

Materials
  • Small willow balls
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Orchard hay
  • Seed mix
  • Kabob
  • Fresh hamster treats
  • Wooden sticks
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Herbs
Tools
  • Scissors

#7: DIY Donut Tunnel by Erins Animals

DIY Donut Tunnel by Erins Animals
Image: Erins Animals, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner

This extremely cute DIY Donut Tunnel from Erin’s Animals is another easy project that only needs minimal materials to create a fabulous toy for your hamster. Through the YouTube tutorial, Erin explains how you can adapt the size of this donut tunnel to suit your particular hamster.

Materials
  • Cardboard tube
  • Tissue
  • PVA glue
  • Pet-safe paint
  • Flour
  • Water
Tools
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

#8: DIY Paper Mache Hamster Playground by Victoria Raechel

DIY Paper Mache Hamster Playground by Victoria Raechel
Image: Victoria Raechel, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner to Medium

Let your imagination run wild when creating this DIY Paper Mache Hamster Playground. The YouTube tutorial by Victoria Raechel includes plenty of ideas about how to structure this to suit different sizes of hamsters. Of course, you can also paint this using non-toxic paint once the shape is complete.

Materials
  • Baking flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Newspaper
  • Printer paper
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Tubes
Tools
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

#9: Hamster Obstacle Course by DIY Hamster

Skill Level: Beginner

If you’ve got a particularly active hamster, then they’ll love this obstacle course from DIY Hamster.

Using Popsicle sticks, you can create jumps, ramps, and triangle hoops for your hamster to play with. Once your obstacle course is complete, you can use food rewards to train them to start enjoying running around this fun course!

Materials
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Hot glue
  • Pet-safe paint
Tools
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

divider-dogSo, there you have it! We hope you’re now feeling inspired to start creating.

There’s plenty of DIY options to choose from, so whether your hamster loves hunting for food or exercising outside their cage, there’s sure to be something to suit them.

Playing with your hamster is a great way to bond with them and get to know their character better, so don’t delay and choose your project now!

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