How to Make Wood Toys

Two-dimensional wooden camel toy. image by Photo courtesy of Stock.Xchng


The next time you are contemplating buying your toddler expensive store-bought toys, think about what you can make yourself in the comfort of your own home for your child's enjoyment. Creating two-dimensional custom playthings out of wood for your small child is inexpensive and simple. Also, hand-crafted items from a parent to a child create a more personal, meaningful toy that your son or daughter will want to pass down to their own children.

Making the Shape

Step 1

Draw the outline of your toy onto paper. This could be an animal, a shape, letters or numbers.

Step 2

Cut out the object with scissors. This template can be used again and again.

Step 3

Place the template flat onto the plywood and trace around it with the pencil.

Step 4

Cut along the penciled line using the scroll saw. For softer wood like pine, you can also use a coping saw. It's all right if you go outside the lines; you can always erase them later.


Step 1

Use the medium sandpaper to round and smooth all of the sharp edges on your toy. Feel free to use a rotary sander instead.

Step 2

Give the wood an extra finish by using the fine sandpaper on the entire toy. This will give the toy a very smooth look and feel.

Step 3

Paint the toy with the non-toxic acrylic paint color of your choice. Keep in mind that the label on the acrylic paint must have an "AP Non-Toxic" seal.

Tips and Warnings

  • Several acrylic paints have harmful chemicals such as lead and mercury, which can be dangerous if a child puts the toy into his or her mouth. It is crucial to look for the "AP Non-Toxic" seal.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch-thick poplar, beech, douglas fir, cherry or maple wood (6 inches by 12 inches)
  • Scroll saw
  • Medium sandpaper
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Non-toxic acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  • Make Baby Stuff

Who Can Help

  • Natural Wood Finish Ideas
Keywords: homemade, wood, toys, hand-crafted

About this Author

Elizabeth Chaplin has been writing professionally since 2005 and has published articles with eHow and Answerbag. She works as a freelance children's book illustrator and graphic designer, and is knowledgeable in crafting, interior design and photography. She is also an amateur hairstylist who has been cutting and coloring hair since 2003. Chaplin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Columbia College.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Stock.Xchng

Article provided by eHow Home & Garden | How to Make Wood Toys