Ever wondered what would be a great idea for a DIY Parrot Toy? In this article I will reveal my idea of DIY Parrot Toys: Tea bag strings and paper labels, what you need for it and how to make it based on my experience. I will also attach a video of my little bird enjoying his new toy.
What is the DIY Parrot Toy made of tea bag strings and paper labels?
DIY Parrot Toy made of tea bag strings and paper labels is a toy that I ended up making for my Green Cheek Conure after he showed interest in my tea bag as, of course, I was making a cup of tea. Given that this behavior would repeat itself most of the times that I would have a tea bag in my hands, I decided to make my feathered friend his own toy to play with.
I should also mention here, this toy became one of his favorites. It was fun for me to make because it stimulated my creativity and innovative thinking, it is fun to play with as my conure parrot can spend hours chewing on the paper tags and catching them as they swing from the strings and it is fun to watch the bird being busy and happy with his chewing toy.
Why make a DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?
I can definitely recommend every parrot owning household to make their own DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels because:
- Easy to make
It only requires sufficient patience to gather all the tea bag strings with their paper labels, putting them together and the ability to tie a simple knot. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know how to tie a knot from a few strings. I have your back! Just check the pictures below!
- Readily available components (given there is a tea drinker around)
All the components for the DIY toy: the strings and paper labels from the tea bags are already at hand, assuming there is somebody in the household who drinks tea from tea bags that have a string with paper labels attached to it. That means:
You guessed it! This toy does not cost you anything to make. Once the appropriate tea bags are in the house, it is only a matter of repurposing tem.
This toy gives the tea strings and paper tags a new life, apart from making your feathered friend happy. There are no new trees to be cut nor new resources to be used in order to create this toy. This means a happy parrot friend as well as a happy and healthy planet.
Who is the DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels for?
This is the perfect toy for my Green Cheek Conure for sure. I would therefore recommend it for all the small to medium birds as well. I would expect it to be a bit too small for a larger size parrot, as they would prefer big toys. However, given that it is a safe toy for all the birds, there would be no harm in trying it with a bigger parrot.
The toy is also a perfect choice for a curious parrot, who likes to sniff around and discover the environment around him/her. Additionally, if you find your bird in the need of constantly having something to chew on and grab on, this DIY toy is your solution.
How do you get hold of tea bag strings and paper labels?
To be able to make this toy you would of course need the tea bag strings and their paper labels. But where to get them from? The easiest way is if someone in your household is already a tea drinker. In this case, you just need to get hold of that person’s tea bags and store them until you have the sufficient number for the toy. Otherwise, a good tea drinking friend could be just the solution.
If none of the above is possible, you can try to improvise your own paper labels and then attach them to strings. A common source for a paper label could be the kitchen paper roll (or toilet paper roll) or other cardboard in the house (eg. cornflakes package). Then cut them is small pieces (something like the tea bag paper label), make a hole in them and attach a string to each of them. The result should be very close to mine 🙂
How did I make the DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?
For my DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels I used approximately thirteen strings and their paper tags. Have a look below how we did it together with my Green Cheek Conure Elvis.
First I got the materials approved.
After they were Elvis approved, I gathered them by the strings, with all having the same starting string point. That is because usually my strings would have different lengths (as I would cut them randomly from the tea bag). The aim is to have them starting in the same point as that is where the knot will be tied.
Then I tied the top of the strings into a knot. Don’t worry if it is not perfect.
And lastly, I got the DIY Parrot Toy tied to the cage.
How did my Green Cheek Conure play with his DIY Parrot Toy from tea bag strings and paper labels?
Now that we had fun creating the toy, it is time to let our parrot have fun playing with it and us have even more fun watching him/her playing with it. Here is how Elvis did:
This is a great toy for parrots. However, it has one disadvantage: it only lasted one day in my case. Even so, I will definitely make it again for my Green Cheek Conure as I enjoy making it and watching him play just as much as I enjoy my cups of tea.
I hope you have just as much fun with this DIY toy. Please let me know in the comments section below how it worked out for you and your bird. I would love to hear your story!
To all the Parrot Lovers,
Founder of Best Parrot Toys
Disclaimer: I am not a parrot expert therefore the information in this site represents my opinion based on my experience. Please do not make decisions based solely on my articles. It helps to do further research.
4 thoughts on “DIY Parrot Toys: Tea bag strings and paper labels”
what a lovely article and overall site is beautiful! it’s obvious that you love animals especially birds and the way you take care of them is really special. I really like the tea bag toy. It is so simple and interesting! I also enjoyed watching the video. He fully enjoys consuming his toy lol.
The idea that came from just one bag of tea is totally cool!
I have bookmarked this website and will be a frequent guest for sure.
Keep up the amazing work.
All the best,
Hi Danijela and thank you for your comment.
It brings so much joy knowing that I managed to put a smile on your face by just visiting my website 🙂
Thank you for your kind words and for becoming a fan.
Indeed, the idea for this toy came very sudden. I was drinking tea once and my bird started playing with the paper label of my tea bag 😀
So I decided to make a ‘real toy’ out of it.
Thank you for the comment on YouTube as well!
Many fluffy greetings from Elvis,
This was interesting and never heard or seen that parrots need toys like this. I love that you can easily make this for our beloved parrots as a chewing toy. While I never had a parrot ever, is this also applicable to other birds?
I also love how you explained DIYing this, very detailed and fun. You even asked Elvi’s approval.
Hi Lamuel and thank you for your comment.
To be honest, before having a bird myself and before deepening my own knowledge regarding what it takes to offer a happy life to your bird, I did not know many things myself. I learned through my research that parrots need to be treated like toddlers, with all that comes with it: awkwardness, dependency on their owner/parent, the need to discover the world around them, etc. In order to allow for a healthy upbringing of the bird, especially when caged, it is important to have sufficient and different kinds of parrot toys. They do not just keep the bird busy but also stimulate their creativity and curiosity.
While I am fairly sure that a lot of parrots would enjoy this kind of DIY kind of toy, I am not sure it would be as fun to other birds such as pigeons and doves.
Let me know if you ever plan on getting a bird, I could help you with tips on choosing the right one for you.