Design toys that are suitable for the size of your bird. A parrot or macaw requires a larger, sturdier toy than a smaller bird, such as a parakeet. The larger birds are much more destructive and can snap a twig or chew through a piece of wood in no time.
Remember safety when deciding on the materials to use for your bird toys. Use all natural, untreated sisal and cotton when making ropes and 100 percent natural rawhide strips to hang your toys in the cage. If you use beads, be sure they are large enough your bird can't choke on them and are strong enough to not crack or splinter easily.
Make wooden blocks out of fir, apple, dogwood, elm or another soft wood. Hard wood, such as oak, is not a safe choice because of the possibility of splintering. You can make blocks by cutting a 2 by 2 inch strip of soft wood into sections and drilling a hole through the center for hanging. These, when combined with beads or rawhide and strung with sisal, make a fun climbing toy for a small bird or a chew toy for a larger bird.