Lucky Clover: Make Your Own Bird Toy

Pieces for making the Lucky Clover Bird Toy

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).

Recommended For Small to Medium Birds
DIY Difficulty Rating Easy

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
One side done of the Lucky Clover Bird Toy
Notice the extra holes had been added!
Step 2 of making the Lucky Clover bird toy
Close-up of threading the leather lace
Both sides done of the Lucky Clover Bird Toy
Both left and right side are done!

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

Finished!

While the Lucky Clover bird toy design is fairly simple it will provide many hours of entertainment for your bird.

Finished Lucky Clover Bird Toy
Finished Lucky Clover bird toy (front)
Side view of the Lucky Clover Bird Toy
Finished Lucky Clover bird toy (side view)

One Week Later . . .

After a week long rampage by my Conure:

One week later (the after photo of the Lucky Clover toy)

The Look of Innocence

Baby standing next to a Lucky Clover toy (different version)

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*

Another Toy?

Want more leather toys? Try making the Spinning Star toy:

Spinning Star Final Front and Back

Shopping List 

Toy Part

Description

Qty

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
Disclaimer: Like all of my DIY bird toys these instructions are meant for personal use only. Feel free to make them for your flock or friends but please do not sell any bird toys using my designs. I spend hours creating, testing and photographing these toys to share with the world; please respect my time and effort.

Did you make your bird a Lucky Clover toy?

Please leave a comment below if you made this toy – I would love to find out whether your bird enjoyed it as much as Baby does! And the more comments I get the more DIY bird toy posts I will create!

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