Mini Make: Animal Hutch

I’m afraid I forgot to take in progress photos of this make today as I was too engrossed in the task and it was taking so long lol! So hopefully you’ll get the idea from me explaining it with the pics of it finished.

I started with an egg hutch, which is basically a little cupboard you are meant to keep on your kitchen counter for holding eggs in lol. It had two little shelves in it with holes in for the eggs to sit in. I’ve already adapted the inside in the picture below but hopefully it will give you an idea as to what the heck an egg hutch is if you haven’t come across them before lol!

Animal Hutch

The plan was to make it into an animal hutch and I finally finished today. Well. I’ve finished the basic adaptation but I still need to finish it off with some accessories and decoration etc. Anyway, its taken me a while as I can only use one hand due to my illness so all crafting takes a long time for me lol, but this took particular effort.

I used jumbo lolly (popsicle) sticks to make floor boards to cover the holes on the shelves inside the hutch. I cut them to fit, and shaped them on the top shelf to go around one of the holes so that I could put a ramp (again, made from one of the jumbo lolly sticks) down to the bottom floor. Its not the neatest job in the world but it does the job!

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Brave stepped in to model to give you an idea of the size. As you can see, its suitable for chickens and guinea pigs 😉 I need to make some “bedding” to go in there and accessories such as a food bowl and water bottle etc but for the basic adaptation, I am pretty pleased with it so far 🙂 I am also going to add legs to it to make it a little taller. I’m sure I’ll post more pictures again when it is complete.

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

Animal Hutch

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Mini Make: Dog Collars & Rope Toy (Pic Heavy)

I promise I will stop spamming you with photos of Winnie & Bodger tomorrow and get back to showing you other things as well, but I made them some collars and a rope toy that I wanted to share with you as I’m quite pleased with them 🙂

Their collars were made from ribbon. I used one kind to make the main collar around their necks, and another piece to make the loop that their tags hang on. I used all purpose craft glue to stick the ribbon together. If I want to take them off the dogs, I’ll have to cut them off but thats not the end of the world as its easy to make them again. In the future I may try using a bit of elastic on them so I can take them on and off but I am pleased with these ones for now and don’t see me needing to take them off anyway. Their tags are little clock charms on a jump ring and attached to the loops on their collars. They were the only remotely suitable charms I had available and they work for now but I am going to order some bone shaped ones or something to change them for 🙂

Bodger & Winnie

Bodger & Winnie

Winnie

Winnie

Winnie

Bodger

Bodger

Bodger

I also made them a rope toy which is literally two small pieces of rope twisted together and tied at each end. Not the greatest thing in the world but I think it looks fairly authentic and they seem to like it 😀

Bodger's New Toy

Bodger's New Toy

Bodger's New Toy

Bodger's New Toy

Bodger's New Toy

Bodger's New Toy

Winnie's New Toy

Winnie's New Toy

Winnie's New Toy

Winnie's New Toy

Winnie's New Toy

Mini Make: Cat Tease Toy

Today I decided to make another little toy for my BJD cat, Nala. I previously made her a cat tree (though I may remake it soon) and thought she could do with another toy that the BJD kids could play with her with. Tabby and Hanni decided to help me 🙂

First of all, you will need a lollipop, some feather trim (or just some craft feathers) and also glue and scissors which I forgot to picture.

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Now the first thing you have to do, and its REALLY hard… is eat the lollipop 😀 You need to eat it because we want the stick! Of course, if you have some cake pop sticks or kebab sticks laying around at home, you can use those too but I think using a lollipop stick is much more fun. Hanni agrees 😀

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Before we carry on, Tabby wanted to let you know that feather trim makes the most perfect feather boa for dressing up too 😉

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When you have finished your lollipop, cut a piece off the feather trim and glue it to one end of the stick. The stick on this lollipop was plastic and hollow so I put a little bit of glue inside the stick and then stuffed one end of the trim inside the stick to make it more secure. I then put a little blob of glue on the other end of the feather trim to stop it from fraying. The End! One cat tease toy for your BJD cat!

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Here are some extra pictures of Tabby and Hanni playing with Nala and her new toy (and the feather boa!). I think they all approve!