DIY Wooden Heart Toy

8:00 am Crafts, Home Decor, Valentine's Day
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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

Wooden Climbing Heart Toy

Valentine's Day Wooden Climbing Toy

This is a little take on the vintage climbing bear toy adapted for Valentine’s day.  If you’re not familiar with this toy, you basically hang it in a doorway then pull on the strings, alternating sides, while the toy climbs up.

materials for DIY wooden climbing toy

I started with a wooden disc, some bakers twine, wooden caps and a craft stick (if you have a thicker leftover piece of wood, I highly recommend using that instead.  My popsicle stick did not hold up well.)

sanding and drilling wooden disc

I gave the wooden disc a sanding then drilled two parallel holes through the disc.  I highlighted the pencil lines I drew in pink.  They helped visually guide me to drill straight holes.

tying bakers twine to popsicle stick

I created a little loop of twine to hang the toy and attached the twine to either end of the popsicle stick using hot glue to hold everything in place.  I threaded the twine through the two holes in the disc then hot glue gunned the ends to the wooden caps.

adding wooden dowel caps

I hung the toy on a door and showed my son how to play the game.  The craft stick broke after a few tries so I’ll be looking for some scrap wood to replace it soon.

Valentine's Day Wooden Climbing Toy

close up of diy wooden heart toy

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Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.

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