For a while now I’ve been wanting to expand my handmade items to include wooden toys. I have made wooden birds and other wooden things, but those are mainly for decoration. My husband uses his woodworking skills to create beautiful game boards, and even though I don’t know how to turn and drill the wood pieces myself, I love the idea of working with the material.
We love natural toys (I could spend all day drooling over Waldorf toys!), so this came as a natural progression of my crafting process. Since I’ve been in baby mode for a while now I made some wooden teething rings with fabric ties. I made one recently to go with a baby shower gift and it was the icing on the cake!
In addition to the peg doll gnomes I made recently, I also started working on some other projects inspired by things I’d see around the crafting community. Since my kids love mini versions of real items – especially food-related things – I decided to start there.
Gwen and Josiah helped me with almost all of the items – painting, sealing, and the all-important product testing. As soon as the sets were finished they absconded with the pieces and had a “picnic.” Phil and I looked at each other and joked, “Kid-tested, mother-approved.”
It’s important to me that I find a local – or at least American-made, ideally small-business – resources for my supplies, and I was lucky enough to find quality wooden pieces made in New England. I fill in the blanks, personalizing the pieces with paint, sealing them with a beeswax polish and sewing cute little bags to store the items. I particularly fell in love with the drawstring pouch that carries the multi-colored eggs and am trying to figure out how to work it into other projects.