DIY Rabbit “Barbell” Chew Toy

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Do you ever see those cute wooden barbell toys for rabbits and small animals, but you’re afraid there is too much glue on them? You can make your own very easily, with no worry of unsafe pieces for your rabbit. This is a great chew toy for rabbits, and you can use it as a puzzle toy too. Hide a chunk of dried fruit on the inside of the toy and watch as your rabbit tosses it around to get the treat out.

You will likely have to buy one part of this toy; You’ll need to get something to use for the bars. I used willow sticks that I already had on hand (they’re really cheap!), but any kind of stick that uses untreated wood will work.

Items you need

  • 6 straight sticks
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A small circular object to trace
  • A razor or pointy object
  • A pencil


  1. Trace two small circles on the cardboard and cut them out. You want the circles to be large enough for the six sticks to fit spaced out along the edge, but small enough that the gaps won’t be too large to trap any treats.
  2. Mark the spots to poke the holes for the sticks. You want them to be about evenly spaced. The holes should also match up on both ends of the cardboard, so make sure the dots mirror each other.
  3. Using your razor or pointy object, cut or poke the holes into the cardboard circles. I find making the first hole with a razor, then enlarging it with a pen or pointed pencil is the easiest way to do this.
  4. Slide the cardboard circles onto the sticks. You’ll want to slide them onto the sticks an inch or two on either end to make sure the cardboard doesn’t end up falling off too quickly.
  5. Hide a treat inside and give it to your rabbit. You could also put some hay inside to keep the treat hidden and encourage your rabbit to munch on hay while they get at the treat.
Barbell Puzzle DIY toy
Barbell Puzzle DIY Toy

Amy Pratt

Amy Pratt is a lifelong rabbit owner who has been specializing with rabbits at the Humane Rescue Alliance. She helps to socialize the rabbits and educate volunteers on the care and behavior of these small mammals.

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