Build your Bird a Lucky Clover!
In less than 15 minutes you can make a fun (and hopefully lucky!) leather toy!
With lots of edges to chew and knots to untie this toy is excellent for birds that enjoy attacking leather toys.
Just make sure to order vegetable tanned leather since most leather is treated with chemicals that are NOT bird safe.
You will need a pair of scissors and a leather hole puncher in addition to the toy parts shown above (full shopping list at the bottom of this post).
Lucky Clover Instructions
Start with a punch!
|STEP 1||Punch two holes in the large clover leaf using the leather hole punch (there should be 4 holes total: 1 in the center and 3 in the petals)|
|STEP 2||Tie a knot at the end of the leather lace and thread one small heart and then a bead onto the leather lace|
|STEP 3||Push the leather lace through the left hole of the large clover leaf|
|STEP 4||On the opposite side of the large clover leaf thread a bead and then one small heart onto the leather lace (both front and back should be identical)|
|STEP 5||Tie a knot on the back of the toy above the bead and cut the excess leather lace|
|STEP 6||Repeat Steps 2 to 5 on the right side|
Finish at the top!
Since my Conure enjoys untying knots I always make his toys extra secure at the top.
So let’s make a secure, double bird safe knotted top!
|STEP 7||Thread the leather lace thru the top hole of the large clover leaf before adding threading a small leather heart on each side|
|STEP 8||Tie a single bird safe knot adjacent to the top of the larger clover leaf [Video tutorial for tying a bird safe knot can be found HERE]|
|STEP 9||Cut any excess leather on the short side (anything more than 1 bead length)|
|STEP 10||Slide two beads onto the leather lace and push them down to the knot, tucking the open ended leather into the bottom bead|
|STEP 11||Tie another bird safe knot above the beads, pulling as tight as you can so there is minimum movement possible with the beads|
|STEP 12||Cut the excess leather (anything more than 1 bead length) and tuck the open end into the top bead|
|STEP 13||With the remaining leather lace tie a knot at the end of the lace and thread a bead onto it|
|STEP 14||Push the leather lace through the middle hole of the large clover leaf|
|STEP 15||Thread a bead on the opposite side of the large clover leaf and tie a knot above the bead and cut the excess leather lace|
While the Lucky Clover bird toy design is fairly simple it will provide many hours of entertainment for your bird.
One Week Later . . .
After a week long rampage by my Conure:
The Look of Innocence
Since Baby obviously loved his Lucky Clover toy I made him another one with a slight variation.
In this version I used slightly wider leather laces and made the center different.
He looks so innocent sitting next to his new toy, right?
*cue rampage music*
Want more leather toys? Try making the Spinning Star toy:
|Leather Lace||1/8″ Wide, 36″ Long||1|
|Large Leather Clover Leaf||4″ Wide||1|
|Small Leather Heart||2″ Wide||6|
|Small Wooden Bead||Minimum 1/2″ Long with 1/4″ Hole||8|