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Instructions for newspaper swing

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Old 07-29-2009, 10:40 AM   #1
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Instructions for newspaper swing

Ok here are my instructions for a shredable newspaper swing. I have made 2 of these so far for my little fella and he loves them. I made the second one with seeds in it. The 1st one lasted about 2 weeks before it became ratty enough that I replaced it.


Step 1... I take 3 sheets of newspaper (whatever size you want , I used smaller flyer sheets)

Step 2... Start folding them ...

Step 3... You can sprinkle on a few seeds if you like at this stage.

Step 4... Continue folding rolling and twisting until it is in the shape of a rope. ( I fold until it is halfway then start rolling and when it is rolled I twist it to make it hold together)

Step 5... I then take a small zip tie and hold the ends together..make sure zip tie is pulled as tight as possible.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Step 6... Braid the papers together the same way you would braid hair..trying to keep it as even and as flat as possible.

Step 7... Pull second end around and zip tie onto the 1st end to make a circle. If it is hard to do you can add another zip tie to hold the ends till you can get it zip tied into a circle. Push a zip tie into the last one so you can attach a quick link to it and hang.

Hope any one who makes this is happy with it and your birds enjoy it as much as mine does...good luck.
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:41 AM   #3
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This is a GREAT posting! I saw mention of a newspaper swing previously but had no idea of what it looked like, let alone how to make it.

Can't wait to go home and give it a try! Thank you thank you thank you!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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That's very cool, I'm totally gonna try that
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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Love it! Thanks for that. I'm gonna try it for sure!
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:10 PM   #6
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Great posting! Now I get the idea! Appreciate the pics! I'm going to make THREE this afternoon -- one for each P'let of course!!!

Thanks so much!
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Everyone is quite welcome. My p'let would have nothing to do wilh a purchased swing which our budgie now owns and really loves. This swing he loves and there is always a pile of fluffy newspaper "sawdust" under the swing...best of all it is practically free. Sure would love to see some pix of other peoples p'lets enjoying their swings!
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Where do you get zip ties?
I love super cheap toys like this post details because it's wonderful to be able to provide the variety that Delphi really enjoys. He plays with toys, literally, all day long.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:52 PM   #9
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I love this post!!! Thanks so much!!
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I got them at walmart not sure what they are called I just always called them zip ties...but you can see what I mean.
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