How to Make a Hamster Ball

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How to Make a Hamster Ball
Customise your hamster ball by making it yourself. (John Howard/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Just like a parent enjoys a homemade card from their child, feel the pleasure of making a homemade hamster ball for your pet. Although your hamster does not show emotion, you feel the self-satisfaction and pride of constructing a ball on your own. Hamster balls are easy to make with a few items available at your local hardware store. Customise the ball with your hamster's name or other creative items that store-bought hamster balls do not contain.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rubber ball
  • Newspaper
  • Permanent marker
  • Hardening epoxy spray
  • Paper roll
  • Utility knife
  • Tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase a clear rubber ball. The rubber surface of the ball should be thin.

  2. 2

    Spread newspaper on the ground to protect from stains. Use a marker to customise the ball. Draw your pet's name and other designs using a permanent maker.

  3. 3

    Paint the outside of the ball with hardening epoxy spray. Balance the ball on a paper roll. Let the surface of the ball dry for 3 hours. Repeat the process until you coat the ball with 4 layers of hardening epoxy.

  4. 4

    Cut an opening on the exterior of the ball using a utility knife. Cut three sides of a square. One side remains uncut. Make sure the opening is large enough for the hamster to enter. The hole releases the air in the ball, but the epoxy coating holds the shape.

  5. 5

    Fold the flap outwards to make a crease in the epoxy layer. Cut a line into the fold if the flap does not bend. Only penetrate the epoxy layer. Do not cut the rubber portion or the flap will fall off.

  6. 6

    Insert your hamster. Tape the 3 sides of the flap to the ball. Your hamster is ready to play in its new hamster ball.

Tips and warnings

  • Hardening epoxy spray is available at your local hardware store.
  • Wear protective goggles, mask and gloves when handling epoxy spray.

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