A few months back I was at my local Dollar Tree when I ran across this water bottle toy, but instead of just crinkling like most, this one squeaked as well! Intrigued, I bought the toy, and after removing the bottle from it’s cover, I found that they had simply placed a squeaker reed into the cap, ingenious! The toy died pretty quickly after my last foster litter got a hold of it, but I found it to be one of their favorite toys, so with that in mind I started making my own. I hope you enjoy the tutorial below. The things one can find at the dollar store!
You will need; Water bottle, old sock or whatever you wish to use as a cover, craft knife, and a squeaker reed. The squeaker reeds can be gotten from lots of different places, I got mine off of Amazon.
Make sure you remove the label and the ring if there is one on the bottle. Take the cap off and with your knife cut a small X in the center, cut it slowly, you may have to cut several times to get it just right so the reed fits, but be careful that you don’t cut it too much! If there is a small hole on the sides after placing the reed into the cap, that is fine as it won’t affect the way it works.
Make sure you cut downward into the inside of the lid so any sharp edges won’t stick out. As soon as you have the hole big enough, place your reed into the cap. It should come out looking like this when you are done.
After you are all done, place the cap back onto the bottle, and put it into your cover. I always make sure to place the cap end into the toe of the sock as this helps protect it from getting chewed up since my pups always go after the area where I have tied the sock. And there you have it, a crinkly, squeaky water bottle! This toy is always a hit at my house due to the fact that my pups absolutely love both crinkle and squeak, so putting it into one toy really drives them crazy! As with any new toy, make sure you supervise your pet!