22 DIY Wooden Toys

In today’s era of mass production and plastic, there may well be no other woodworking project as rewarding to build as these DIY wooden toys. A wooden toy gets back to the basics of handmade craftsmanship, natural and safe materials, and best of all, good old-fashioned fun!

To help you find the right wooden toy to make, we scoured the internet to curate this list of the best ones we could find, from wooden toys for teething babies, ones for toddlers working on their fine motor skills, toys that encourage pretend play, and toys that will help kids develop a wide range of skills.

Plastic and store-bought toys have increasingly found to contain toxic components – another reason we chose to create safer options for our children. And no batteries to replace!

1. DIY Toy Wooden Houses by Inspire My Play

These little wooden play houses are perfect for all sorts of small world play. They are so simple to make and cost a fraction to DIY compared to similar wooden houses you can buy.

DIY Toy Wooden Houses by Inspire My Play

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2. DIY Stacking Big Mac Toy by Jaime Costiglio

This stacking burger toy is meant for kids but with all the layering possibilities, adults might find it fun too! This stacking big mac toy has 13 layers! And it wouldn’t be complete without the McDonald’s napkin base. 

If you have a burger loving kid this might just be the best gift idea ever. 

DIY Stacking Big Mac Toy by Jaime Costiglio

Follow the tutorial here


3. DIY Wooden Robot Toy by Adventure In A Box

Do you want to make a wood robot toy? Or maybe looking for the first woodworking project for kids? Try this one! While the wooden robot lacks realism or fantastic articulation, he definitely possesses all the charm of a toy made with love.

Why else would he be wearing his heart where everyone can see it?

DIY Wooden Robot Toy by Adventure In A Box

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4. Oversized Tic Tac Toe Game by Her Tool Belt

This Oversized Tic Tac Toe Game features Christmas motifs, but you can always make a classic version, or personalize the game according to your own taste.

Oversized Tic Tac Toe Game by Her Tool Belt

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5. DIY Wood Instruments by Hello Bee

While built with objects easily found in a craft store, this project is a bit of a time investment (couple of hours), particularly when prepping all the wood pieces (think: sawing, sanding, and some drilling).

But your kids will be amazed when everything came together in the form of bright, colorful instruments. Aside from the steps involving power tools and sharp blades, kids can easily get involved in this project with sanding, painting, and assembly.

DIY Wood Instruments by Hello Bee

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6. DIY Wooden Toy For Kids by Lovely Indeed

Make a wooden toy for kids with this fun and easy tutorial! This “candy stacker” toy will be a hit with your little ones. It’s perfect for sorting, stacking, and lots of creative play.

DIY Wooden Toy For Kids by Lovely Indeed

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7. DIY Wooden Father’s Day Car by Hello Wonderful

Make dad a rad car he can play with his favorite little guy (or gal). These make cute handmade wooden toys that will lead to lots of fun playtime!

DIY Wooden Father's Day Car by Hello Wonderful

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8. DIY Wooden Toy Barn by Houseful Of Handmade

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about fun DIY gifts. And what kids doesn’t love a dollhouse? But this isn’t just any dollhouse – it’s a realistic toy barn dollhouse for your toy horses!

DIY Wooden Toy Barn by Houseful Of Handmade

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9. Waldorf-Inspired Nature Blocks by Adventure In A Box

Would you like to add a touch of nature to your playroom? Here is our DIY tutorial on how to make a set of Waldorf-inspired nature blocks that are great for imaginative play with animals!

Just looking at them seemed to evoke images and memories of walking down a forest path on a crisp fall afternoon.

Waldorf-Inspired Nature Blocks by Adventure In A Box

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10. DIY Kids Scooter by Pretty Handy Girl

Encourage kids to go outside and be physically active with these colorful wooden scooters. If you happen to have a piece of 2×12 scrap wood lying around then this project is made for you.

The chunky 1 1/2″ thick material is solid and sturdy and can be painted any color you choose.

DIY Kids Scooter by Pretty Handy Girl

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11. DIY Wooden Pizza Puzzle Toy by A Beautiful Mess

This pizza puzzle can also be used as pretend food for a child’s pizza party, giving you two toys in one! Who doesn’t love pizza? Even if this is not edible, pizza is always a great choice!

DIY Wooden Pizza Puzzle Toy by A Beautiful Mess

Follow the tutorial here


12. DIY Wooden Block Stacker by Bamboo Family Mag

Remember the good old plastic stacking toys you used to play with as a kid – or the ones your babies used to play with? This is a timber version, and it is lovely.

The colors alone are excellent for keeping kids amused, and you can make the blocks in various sizes to teach them stacking skills. This one is straightforward and would make a perfect DIY gift for any toddler.

 DIY Wooden Block Stacker by Bamboo Family Mag

Follow the tutorial here


13. DIY Wooden Teethers by Adventure In A Box

Cute enough to be displayed as works of art, these wooden rattles and teether are the perfect gift for the new parent in your life! You can make them in a variety of shaped and styles, so you can create everything from a lion to a fox or dinosaur for the little one to play.

DIY Wooden Teethers by Adventure In A Box

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14. DIY Wooden Baby Gym by The Merry Thought

All babies love a baby gym especially when they aren’t yet able to walk. So rather than buy one, why not make this simple and stylish DIY Wooden Baby Gym that can be handed down for generations to come.

DIY Wooden Baby Gym by The Merry Thought

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15. Mirror Wooden Blocks by Adventure In A Box

There is always a place for a set of wooden blocks in a playroom, and everyone like playing with them. Specialty blocks – with transparent windows, sand and water in them – add a new dimension to the play, and for a Christmas gift this year, prepare a handmade version of mirror blocks for the kids!

Mirror Wooden Blocks by Adventure In A Box

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16. DIY Wooden Roads And Ramps For Toy Cars by Buggy And Buddy

Here’s how to make wooden roads and ramps for toy cars. These DIY car tracks are perfect for both indoor and outdoor play and is super easy to make! You can move them in any formation you’d like, creating ramps and roads to play with in just about any setting!

DIY Wooden Roads And Ramps For Toy Cars by Buggy And Buddy

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17. DIY Painted Wooden Toy Bowling Set by Color Made Happy

This little bowling pin wooden toy set is not only a great project to do with kids, but it also makes for a very creative and unique gift for special occasions and birthdays. If you show up to a party with this little set, everyone will want to know how you made it.

DIY Painted Wooden Toy Bowling Set by Color Made Happy

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18. DIY Wooden Toy Camera by Lil Blue Boo

With some woodworking, you can construct a replica of a classic Holga camera, in any color you want. The details here are amazing!

DIY Wooden Toy Camera by Lil Blue Boo

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19. DIY Balance Board by Jaime Costiglio

This is a DIY tutorial to make a balance board. Easy to make wooden balance board provides kids with a fun challenge. You can paint the tops with fun colors and designs to keep it interesting.

DIY Balance Board by Jaime Costiglio

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20. DIY Balloon-Powered Wooden Toy Boat by Adventure In A Box

Bath time equals fun time for all kids. And this DIY Wooden Toy Boat powered with a balloon is just the thing to make bath times even more fun.

DIY Balloon-Powered Wooden Toy Boat by Adventure In A Box

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21. DIY Play Beauty Box Vanity by Jaime Costilgio

Making all the childhood dreams come true these days with this DIY Play Beauty Box Vanity. It’s the ultimate gift for any little one who loves playing with make up and beauty products. Of course we say it’s for kids but let’s be honest, we’re all loving this play vanity as an adult!

DIY Play Beauty Box Vanity by Jaime Costilgio

Follow the tutorial here


22. DIY Wooden Blocks Toddlers Stacking Toy by Apple Green Cottage

DIY Wooden Blocks Toddlers Stacking Toy is super simple to make.Here’s a simple tutorial for you to make a colorful homemade wooden stacking toy for your child. It also makes an excellent DIY present for your friends’ toddlers!

Being such a simple design and very easy to put together this project will only take a several hours to complete.

make a colorful homemade wooden stacking toy for your child. It also makes an excellent DIY present for your friends' toddlers!

You’ll need:

Follow the tutorial here

THESE DIY WOODEN TOYS ARE A JOY TO BUILD, REWARDING TO GIVE, AND ENDLESS FUN TO PLAY WITH!

If your kids enjoyed playing with these wooden toys then wait until they see these Castle Craft Ideas and DIY Fairy Jars. Seeing your finished projects brings us so much joy!

We’d love for you to share them on our Facebook Page and show us your DIY successes (or even-less-than-successes!).

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Everyone will surely love these DIY wooden toys since they are useful, attractive, and have that ultimate rustic charm! Don’t forget to involve the kids in the making process!

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