Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee

Ever have a Topsy Turvy doll? I talk all about my dolls in this post. But if they’re new to you, they’re two dolls in one.

Pair of Handmade Topsy Turvy Dolls by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Flipping Topsy Turvy Dolls Inside Out | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Where you flip the skirt to get another doll?

Reverse Handmade Topsy Turvy Dolls by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My kids, both boys and girls, have been the recipient of endless dolls and creatures, and hand-sewing is very therapeutic.

Or how about a wooden toy tree fort, complete with handmade dolls, animals, and cars? I had so much fun creating this! My girls get a dollhouse with dolls, in case you’re wondering.

Handmade Wooden Toy Tree Fort by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This kitchen was another favorite that my husband and I created and I mentioned in my Handmade Holidays post. I have oodles of other wooden toys examples over there.

Handmade Wooden Toy Pretend Play Kitchen by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Then there’s our outdoor mud bar made from reclaimed wood…

Build a Mud Bar Play Station out of Reclaimed Wood by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…and our sand table – perfect for summertime fun.

DIY Sensory Fun Sand Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

And I’ll share one more of my favorites. My snack stand made from cardboard, thrifted sheet, and a  whole lotta felt fun.

Handmade Cardboard Snack Stand and Farmer's Market by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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Wooden Toy Wheels Made into Pretend Play Doughnuts by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Oh, and don’t forget the garden where the farmer grows the food for the market. Isn’t this fun?!

Handmade Pretend Play Garden with Felt Fruits & Veggies by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Handmade Felt Pickable Strawberries by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In all fairness, I made most of this felt food stuff while pregnant with our little girl that didn’t make it. This was my mental therapy while on bed rest during that pregnancy and grieving after she came too early at 21 weeks.

Then came our next little girl who has had one busy mama trying to make ends meet and I have yet to make her some toys of her own. So, she is the recipient of today’s project.

To make my new creation, I took those crib spindles I showed you and cut them off. Next, I cut two rounds from the scrap wood with my jigsaw.

Cut Out Wood Rounds with Ryobi Cordless Jigsaw | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigal pieces.com

Reclaimed Wooden Toy Parts by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Then my sweetie helped me sand the spindles and get to work. See her hands flying?!

Little Girl Helping Mama Make Wooden Toys | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Then I used my drill and forstner bit to make holes in the wood rounds.

Making Wooden Toys with Forstner Bit | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I’ll show the end result in a bit. In the meantime, the next toy was one I’ve made in the past as well as gifts for others, and couldn’t wait to surprise her. I take these materials…

Wooden Toy Duck Parts | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

and with a little DIY, you get, well…I’ll let the video show you. ♥

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my trip down memory lane and enjoyed my latest wooden toys. My little girl is livin’ it up.

Little Girl Playing with Reclaimed Wooden Toy by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My wish is for life to slow down so I can enjoy it more, but whatcha gonna do when bills need paid and you have to feed and clothe those loved ones? I am blessed to be able to work at home, homeschool my children, and share with you.

You help me keep the dream alive by visiting, sharing, and showing love. Thank you!

Classic Wooden Toys Made from Reclaimed Parts by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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WAIT! Don’t head off yet…you have to see what my awesome blogging buds created for you today too!

Thrifted Table Makeover by Confessions of a Serial DIYer Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Thrifted Stool Makeover by Artsy Chicks RuleArtsy Chicks Rule

Jewelry Armoire Makeover by Girl in the GarageGirl in the Garage Vintage Credenza Makeover by Bless'er House

Bless’er House

More fun projects for you to enjoy like these wooden toys:

Don't Throw Out Your Baby's Crib! Repurpose It For Garden, Storage, or a Chalkboard Easel by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Chic Finish by Prodigal Pieces - You can create this look with paint and stain | www.prodigalpieces.com

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  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What Great looking toys you have made and you are so very creative.
    Your daughter is adorable
    You got my vote. Best of luck to you.

    April 12, 2016 at 6:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I certainly had fun, especially because it’s been so long since I’ve made one. Thank you for the support, Colleen!

      April 12, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Terie

    Voted for you too- love the dresser- it is one of my favorite pieces ever! Good luck!

    April 12, 2016 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much!

      April 13, 2016 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Wow!! You are the most creative ever, Larissa! I love all of your handmade toys…when can I come over and play?!! I know your kids love it all…especially digging the tree fort! XOXO

    April 12, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Come on over, girl! That tree fort is one of my favorites because I did it all myself and it was something I would have loved to have as a kid. 😀

      April 13, 2016 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    I voted for you because it IS the BEST project and also because I love you! YOU are the best! You are amazing and I wish I lived beside you to see your children grow and watch you in action with all your creative ideas! Very inspiring.

    April 12, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      {{hugs}} Thank you for being so supportive and for lovin’ on me! 😀

      April 13, 2016 at 6:29 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    You are amazing!!! So creative, just love it all!!! 🙂

    April 12, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too sweet, Nancy – thank you!

      April 13, 2016 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Lauri Kunze

    So glad I followed Christy’s link to your site. When I saw you asking for votes I checked out your dresser project in the Bob Vila competition. Was delighted to see that yours was BY FAR the best project out there and you’re ahead in the vote count! Sometimes creativity is its own reward and sometimes you actually get rewarded. I hope you win!

    April 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…thanks so much, Lauri! I’m so happy you came over and supported me in the contest. 🙂

      April 13, 2016 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Larissa those are so adorable! No wonder your daughter loves them. I’m sure your kids love your creativity and woodworking skills! 🙂 (And I voted for you again – #993!)

    April 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks on both accounts, Jen! I certainly love on them to no end, but that’s what mom’s are for, right?

      April 13, 2016 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Susan

    How lucky are your kids! I love the mud table with all the pots and pans and that garden is amazing!

    April 12, 2016 at 9:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m the one who’s totally blessed. 🙂 Thank you for showing me some love, Susan!

      April 13, 2016 at 6:26 am Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frigalista

    You’re amazing! Your kids are blessed to have you as a Mom.
    Much respect my friend???

    April 12, 2016 at 11:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Or plain crazy! Seriously though, they are my life and wish I could create more hours just to spend with them. Thank you, Marie. 🙂

      April 13, 2016 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Saani Bennetts

    Wow, fantastic ideas. I’m going to try some of these. My favourite is the gnome treehouse – just gorgeous.

    October 2, 2016 at 6:44 am Reply
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