DIY Hedgehog Toys You Can Make Today

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There’s no denying that hedgehogs make extremely adorable pets, but they have a few different requirements that set them apart from most pets. Making sure you meet your hedgehog’s needs will keep them happy and satisfied.

Hedgehogs love to forage and dig for their food, and in the wild, hedgehogs will travel several miles each night, so it’s important to provide enough opportunities for exercise and foraging for your spiky pet.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best DIY toys for pet hedgehogs available today. From large bucket wheels to help them get their exercise safely, to forage boxes designed to encourage them to dig for their dinner, there’s a wide range of different options to choose from.

What’s even better is that you don’t need any special skills or equipment to make most of these toys. So, enjoy looking through our suggestions, as you decide which one you’re going to make first!

1: Zara’s Zoo DIY Toys and Dig Boxes for Hedgehogs

Zara’s Zoo DIY Toys and Dig Boxes for Hedgehogs
Image: Zara’s Zoo

Skill Level: Beginner

This tutorial from Zara’s Zoo on YouTube gives plenty of ideas about how to provide digging activities for your hedgehogs. Tips include using medium-sized pom poms to create a dig box for your hedgehog to burrow into, as well as how to make your own toys.

Materials
  • Tupperware container
  • Pebbles
  • Fleece strips or pom poms
Tools
  • Scissors

2: Tori Lynn’s Favorite Hedgehog Toys

Tori Lynn’s Favorite Hedgehog Toys
Image: Tori Lynn, Youtube

Skill Level: Beginner

This detailed YouTube video from Tori Lynn has a wide range of possibilities, including bucket wheels and a cute foraging box, which features pebbles and greenery that your hedgehog can burrow through in order to try and find their food and treats.

Materials
  • Cardboard or Tupperware box
  • Large pebbles
  • Fake greenery
  • Contact paper
  • Treats
Tools
  • Glue

3: Hedgehog Fleece Forest and Ball Pit from Animal Babies

Hedgehog Fleece Forest and Ball Pit from Animal Babies
Image: Animal Babies

Skill Level: Beginner

This double-purpose toy from Animal Babies on Pinterest includes a fleecy “forest” for your hedgehog to explore, as well as a ball pit for them to dig through. You can use scrap material to create most of this budget-friendly project. Once built, you can scatter your hedgehog’s food through this ball pit and watch them as they try to snuffle it out.

Materials
  • Tupperware or plastic crate
  • Fleece strips
  • Pom-poms or fleece scraps
Tools
  • Knife or scissors

4: DIY Hedgehog Bucket Wheel on Pinterest

DIY Hedgehog Bucket Wheel on Pinterest
Image: Pinterest

Skill Level: Medium

Hedgehogs need a great deal of exercise, and wheels are a great way for your hedgehog to have a run. Unfortunately, many wheels are too small for hedgehogs, but with this tutorial on Pinterest, you can build your own large wheel so your hedgehog can run to their heart’s content.

Materials
  • Large bucket or circular Tupperware
  • Plastic piping
  • Nuts and bolts
Tools
  • Craft knife

5: Hedgehog Puff Ball Dig Box

Hedgehog Puff Ball Dig Box
Image: Pinterest

Skill Level: Beginner

This easy-to-make forage box from Pinterest uses a simple plastic box and soft fabric balls to create a place for your hedgehog to hunt for their food. Cutting a low side into the box means that your hedgehog can easily gain access to their dig box, though you’ll most likely have to spend time replacing all the balls once they’ve dug their way through them!

Materials
  • Plastic box
  • Duct tape
  • Fabric balls or pom-poms
Tools
  • Scissors

6: Nature Inspired Forage Box from Rattatea

Nature Inspired Forage Box from Rattatea
Image: Rattatea

Skill Level: Medium to Advanced

Some hedgehogs much prefer foraging through a variety of natural ingredients, and this YouTube video from Rattatea provides excellent inspiration for what to include. It’s accompanied by a blog post about how to create and maintain a bioactive forage box like this.

Materials
  • Natural large stones
  • Large plastic crate
  • Compost mix
  • Bark chips
  • Grasses
  • Branches
  • Chinchilla sand
Tools
  • None

7: Large Silent Hedgehog Wheel from Instructables

Large Silent Hedgehog Wheel from Instructables
Image: Instructables

Skill Level: Medium to Advanced

If you’re looking for a large wheel to help your hedgehog exercise but want one that’s as quiet as possible, this tutorial from Instructables is a great choice. The designer cleverly uses a rollerblade wheel as the basis of this bucket wheel to provide smooth movement minus the noise!

Materials
  • Large bucket
  • PVC piping
  • PVC elbow joints
  • PVC end caps
  • Three-way joint
  • Rollerblade wheel
  • Ball bearing
  • Washers
  • Nuts
  • Cable ties
  • Carriage bolt
Tools
  • Dremel or craft knife

8: LifeLetters DIY Hedgehog Dig Box

Skill Level: Beginner

This budget hedgehog dig box from LifeLetters can be made for less than $10 and includes a range of textures designed to provide plenty of enrichment for your hedgehog. Ideas include hiding mealworms inside plastic eggs and using fleece strips to add interest. You can easily adapt the ideas within this video to suit your individual hedgehog’s preferences.

Materials
  • Fleece strips
  • Pom-poms
  • Marbles
  • Plastic eggs
  • Large jar
Tools
  • Scissors

9: DIY Pet Play Pen From Emma Lynne Sampson

DIY Pet Play Pen From Emma Lynne Sampson
Image: Emma Lynne Sampson

Skill Level: Medium

This YouTube tutorial from Emma Lynne Sampson includes details of how to make a large playpen for your hedgehog or other small pet. This is designed to be a temporary playpen and not a permanent house for your hedgehog. You can let your imagination run wild with this playpen and include any number of interesting places for your hog to explore. Include ramps, food hidden in tunnels, and corners for your hedgehog to explore — they’ll love it!

Materials
  • Presentation boards
  • Duct tape
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cardboard
  • Hot glue
  • Colored paper
  • Cardboard tubes
Tools
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue gun

We hope that you enjoyed looking through our selection of DIY hedgehog toys that you can make today!

No matter what your level of DIY skill, there’s sure to be an idea here to suit you. What’s more, most of these projects can be completed quickly and with minimal materials and equipment.

Your hedgehog is sure to be happy with their new toy, and you can’t ask for more than that.

Featured Image: Amaya Eguizábal from Pixabay