Upcykling: How to make cat toys out of wine corks

Upcykling: How to make cat toys out of wine corks

You don’t have to buy expensive cat toys, because your cat will love these easy homemade cat toys made from materials that you already have at home! All you need is a couple of wine corks, a few feathers or threads! These DIY cat toys are fantastic for your cat and for the environment too!

I have prepared for you a detailed step-by-step instruction on how to make these eko-toys for a cat from wine corks. It’s really effortless!

What is upcycling?

Before you start, I would like to briefly explain what upcycling is and how it differs from recycling.


In upcycling, we use waste and create something new from it – we give it new life (e.g. handmade garden furniture from pallets).


Recycling involves the mechanical or chemical recovery of raw materials from waste, which can later be used to produce new products (e.g., newspapers recover cellulose fibers that are used to make toilet paper).


Bill of Materials

All you need to make these toys:

  • Wine corks,
  • Scissors,
  • Strong glue,
  • Ornaments e.g. feathers, wool, mulina, jute etc.



You don’t know what decorations to choose? Here you can find two versions of toys and the materials from which I made them.

Natural version

Tip: You can use the feathers that you found in the yard (after disinfecting them).




Colorful version

Tip: You can use colored feathers that have fallen off from your cat’s other toys.




Step by step instructions

The process of creating these cat toys is very simple, but requires the use of sharp scisors and hot water. If you are a minor, ask an adult for help.

Step 1

Start by soaking corks in hot water until they are soft. If they are very hard, try boiling them for a few minutes.


Step 2

After removing from the water, use scissors and drill holes in one or two ends of the cork – turn the scissors like a screwdriver.

After drilling the holes, set aside the corks until completely cool and dry.


Step 3

Gather the feathers and other decorations together and twist them at the base so that they form a thin skewer.


Step 4

Pour some glue into the hole in the cork and insert the decorations prepared in the previous step.


Step 5

Set the toy aside until the glue has completely solidified.

Ready! It was pleasant and simple, right?

Self-made toys have something special in them, and they are one of a kind! It depends only on you and your imagination what the final product will look like. More instructions for cat toys can be found in the DIY section of our blog.

Don’t forget to show off your toys on Facebook or Instargam! Use the hashtag #CraftWithApolloand mark us with @apollofluffycat

Other ECO-topics
Take a look at the ECO? section, where you will find articles on eco-lifestyle and reviews of organic products for cats.

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