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5 Must-Have Wooden Fall Items

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Fall is officially here! The weather is cooler and crisper, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are changing colors—you gotta love it! Here are five wooden items from my shop that are perfect for your fall decorating.

Candlesticks

Wooden candlesticks are the perfect accent piece for fall. They come in a variety of sizes and you can paint them in seasonal colors to warm up your space for the cooler weather.

Maple Leaves

I sell these unfinished maple leaves in my Etsy shop and they’re so versatile! DIY influencer Kristin Kay used my leaves to create this amazing fall decoration. Maple leaves are a great way to add some seasonal décor to your home.

Split Wood Balls

Split wood balls are frequently used to make beautiful wreaths, like this one by Lolly & Jane! You can purchase the loop, along with the fall decorative flowers, at your local craft store. These wreaths are super simple to make and are the perfect way to brighten the outside of your house.

Fall Wine Stoppers

A must-have for the fall are these fall-themed wine stoppers! They come in 30 different designs and are a great seasonal item for all wine and fall lovers alike!

Tip: They’re also a great gift for any wine-loving friends with fall birthdays. 

My Little Sensory Tray

If you are a parent, guardian, or educator with young learners, a sensory tray is the perfect brain break for your young learners. Especially with many schools doing virtual learning, kids are spending more time in front of screens than ever before. Nothing beats the kinesthetic value of a sensory tray, especially for young learners who are still developing their fine motor skills. This sensory tray is great for fall because it includes trees, maple leaves, acorns, and other little fun items.

If you create any of these fall-themed crafts or purchase any of my fall-themed items, be sure to tag me in your post! @Hobknobin

Five Back-to-(Virtual) School DIY Learning Projects

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Time to sharpen those pencils and pack that sack lunch, because it’s that time of year again! Only this time, the 2020-2021 school year is looking quite different for most students. For a lot of schools, the school year will begin online. This unprecedented event presents many parents with new challenges, such as setting up virtual learning areas in their homes and navigating the “teacher” role so to speak. 

So how can you keep your child engaged with their school work when it’s completely online? Well, I have some ideas! These five back-to-(virtual) school DIYs cover a variety of school subjects and can be manipulated to any specific topic your student may be learning. These DIY projects are best suited for (but not limited to) young learners.    

Apple Box

This unfinished apple is actually a jar and is the perfect activity for a young child. I also sell smaller sized apples in my shop that fit in the jar. You can use this activity with your child to play counting games or perhaps use it as a reward system for good behavior. Another great DIY with this project is to have your child decorate their apple and keep it on their desk while they work.

ABC Blocks

These ABC blocks are extremely versatile and can be used as a tool for many spelling and reading games. They’re perfect for younger learners. There are many fun games you can play, such as assigning your child a random letter and seeing how many words they can make with that letter, writing stories, etc. I recommend you purchase two sets of blocks from my shop for more spelling options.

Solar System DIY

This solar system set comes unfinished so the painting possibilities are endless! It’s the perfect science project for young students who are learning about the Solar System. This could turn into a fun project by having your child research fun facts or information about each planet. It’s a great science project that is sure to keep them busy for a while.

Sensory Toy Kit

This little sensory kit includes many different toys and pieces—the perfect way to entertain young ones for hours. You can even add dry rice or beans to elevate the sensory experience. There are many different DIYs and games that can be played with this kit, and because it’s a hands-on activity, it’s the perfect break from all the screen time and virtual learning. 

Plop in the Top Game

This last DIY is a fun and simple game to give to small children. It’s a great game for young kids because it helps them improve their hand-eye coordination. The toys also come unfinished so it can also be used as a separate art project to do with younger kids.

Please tag @Hobknobin on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if you decide to implement any of these back-to-school DIY’s with your children this school year!

Four DIY Summer Activities

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Summer is officially here! Schools are out and you and your kids may be finding yourselves with more downtime due to the current situation. If you’re looking for projects to fill up your days this summer, I have the perfect list of 4 DIY activities you can do with friends, with children, or simply by yourself!

Wooden Bird House DIY

Now that the weather is warm, you may have noticed many types of birds buzzing around your backyard! Painting a birdhouse is a great project to do with kids or alone. It’s a fun craft to tackle and you can even make it a teachable moment with children by discussing the different birds, ecosystems, and bird species. I sell these wooden birdhouses in my shop in a variety of sizes. Plan to spend a nice summer day outside painting and birdwatching!

Summer Wreath DIY

Making a wooden wreath is simple and only requires a few materials. You can purchase the wood half-split balls in my shop and the wooden ring and fake flowers can be purchased at any craft store or online. I enjoy making seasonal wreaths to brighten my front door and to add a pop of color to my house. You can get very creative with this project and it’s an easy DIY to do on a relaxing summer afternoon.

Wood Honey Dippers DIY

If you have a big imagination and love being crafty, this project is for you! I sell wood honey dippers of various sizes in my shop. They can be used for a multitude of different projects; ultimately it’s up to you to decide how you want to use them! I especially love what one of my clients came up with using the wood honey dippers. The honey dippers with the sunflower and bumblebee décor are the perfect craft for summertime. I would love to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag me on Facebook or Instagram at @Hobknobin! 

Paddle Fan Sticks DIY

A fun, inexpensive, and creative way to keep you cool this summer is by making your own paddle fans! I sell the sticks in my shop and they can easily be painted, decorated, and hot glued onto a paper plate. These fan sticks can be a great project for young kids. They can decorate a paper plate with sequins, glitter, or paint and attach it to their sticks. It’s a great project to have in your back pocket if you are a parent or caregiver.

These 4 DIYs are perfect for the extra time you or your family may have off this summer. If you decide to try any of these DIYs, please tag me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @Hobknobin!

Wooden Crafts For Easter

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Easter is right around the corner, so why not plan on some DIY crafting to celebrate? Here are a few of my favorites! 

Wooden Candle Cup Holders

These DIY candle cup holders will make the perfect addition to your dining table for Easter dinner. Made of maple/birch hardwood, they are smooth to the touch and are ready to stain, paint or decorate to fit your personal décor. 

Open Top Baby Blocks

These DIY alphabet blocks make the perfect surprise for your little one. Get creative with them and use multiple blocks to display your baby’s name. The top has been left open so that you can fill the blocks with Easter goodies!

Wooden Peg Dolls

Spruce up your Easter décor with these wooden peg dolls! They are just waiting to come to life with a little paint and your imagination. Have your kiddos help decorate them and start a fun Easter family tradition! 

Napkin Ring Holders 

Personalize your Easter dining table with these wooden napkin ring holders. They are ready to paint, wood burn, stain or stamp to match your décor. Nothing beats the personal touch of some DIY accents!

Wooden Eggs

Last but not least, no Easter would be complete without some egg painting! These wooden eggs make an egg-cellent DIY craft!  They come ready to paint, decorate and hide!

 

Happy crafting! 

5 Must-Have DIY Tools

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Want to start some DIY projects? There are a few basics that can take your craft to the next level. Here are a few of my favorites. 

Natural Cotton Twine

This durable string offers so many uses! Add it as a simple and natural accent to your party decorations—it’s perfect for tying treat bags closed! You can also use it to loop and tie fabric to create natural-looking and stylish party decorations or create your hanging décor. Create unique and custom embellishments for scrapbooks, cards, and many other paper and craft projects. Secure embellishments, create unique flowers and designs, use it to tie gift packages…the possibilities are truly endless! Both elegant and subtle, this string is a must-have addition to your crafting supplies. 

Wood Discs

These circular unfinished wood discs are perfect for creating birthday boards and various other crafts, including…

  • Kids crafts
  • Pendants and jewelry making
  • Painting, stamping, woodburning or staining projects 
  • Math games Great as an educational aid or math manipulative
  • Play money

Wooden Hearts

The DIY wooden hearts are the perfect basic pieces to add to your crafting closet. Here are a few uses…

  • Wedding party favors
  • Jewelry making
  • Painting projects 
  • Scrapbooking
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Valentine’s day wooden hearts

Unfinished Wooden Tiles

These unfinished wood square tiles literally act as a blank canvas so that you can get creative!  Use them as wooden coasters, wooden signs, magnets, Christmas décor and so much more. Made of baltic birch wood, these wooden squares are ready to be stained or painted in the color of your choice.

Jewelry Beads

These unfinished round ball beads are a big hit for jewelry making. They are sanded smooth and ready to be decorated, painted, wood burned or stamped. Here are a few more uses…

  • School projects
  • Counting games
  • Wedding décor
  • Home décor
  • Scrapbooking

Happy crafting! 

New Year, New Crafts

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season. As we welcome a new decade, it is time to set some new goals and try new things. Ever thought of crafting? Why not pick it up in 2020? Below are some of my favorite HobKnobin pieces that make great DIY activities. Happy Crafting! 

Wooden Cake Stand

Have a wedding to plan or a birthday party coming up? These wooden cake stands can be left as is or painted/stained to match the color of your décor. Each stand is handmade with baltic birch plywood circles to create an eye-catching centerpiece for any event. Use your stand to display donuts, bagels, cupcakes, birthday cake or wedding cake. I may be a bit biased, but I truly believe décor looks best when it is handmade! 

Wooden Pillar Candlestick Holders 

Look no further than these candlestick holders for your home décor. They make a beautiful display for your fireplace, tables or dining room table. Each wooden pillar candlestick is ready to be stained, spray painted or painted with acrylic with your ideal color. It’s these simple accents that can make such a difference when it comes to a room’s ambiance. 

Wooden Jars 

There are so many crafting possibilities with these wooden boxes. They make great displays on a desk or table, but can also be used for your child’s playset. You can even give them away as personalized party favors! Use your creativity to paint, stain or stamp them with the designs and colors of your choice. 

Wishing you a year filled with love, laughter and new crafting memories! 

 

5 Holiday-Themed Crafts The Whole Family Can Enjoy

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am so excited to create new memories and celebrate the last month of the decade. In honor of the season, I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite family-friendly activities for the holidays. Happy Crafting! 

Wooden Candlesticks

Set a warm and cozy ambiance with candles! These five paired candlesticks grouped together make a great display in your home. They are sanded smooth, enabling you and your family to stain or paint them in your ideal décor. 

Mini Christmas Trees

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These small wooden trees make a great addition to any Christmas display! You can personalize them with paint and embellishments. Each wood tree is smooth to the touch and ready to be used in your crafty idea.

Bonus Tip: They also make great ornaments! 

DIY Snowflakes

Snowflakes are such a popular symbol of winter and the holiday season! Decorate these snowflakes by adding glitter, drawing with a paint pen or marker, or wood burning them for your ideal design. They make for a great ornament gift for teachers or family.

Wooden Peg Dolls

These wooden peg dolls are ready to come to life with a little paint and your imagination. Transform them into the nativity scene, santa and his helpers or even your own family! They also make great Christmas ornaments. 

Jingle Bell Ornament

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My wooden jingle bells are great for your holiday crafting needs. There are so many possibilities! Here are a few ideas: 

  • Tie your wooden bell onto a gift or a Christmas wreath.
  • Woodburn a personalized message on your wooden bell. 
  • Have your child paint their wooden jingle bell and give it as a one-of-a-kind gift.
  • Make it into your child’s first Christmas ornament. 

I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

5 DIY Thanksgiving Crafts For The Kiddos

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for some quality moments with the family! And what better way to create memories than with some holiday-themed crafts? Here are a few of my favorites.

Wooden Bowls 

These wooden bowls will perfectly hold your spices and condiments for Thanksgiving dinner. Paint them in fall colors and/or decorate them with turkeys and fall leaves. Whatever you choose to do, these bowls will add the perfect personalized touch to your Thanksgiving dinner table. 

Unfinished Wooden Cones

Let your creativity shine with these DIY wooden cones! Made of solid maple wood, these cones can be made into trees and used in your Thanksgiving display. They are smooth to the touch, and can easily be painted. 

Wooden Acorns

Acorns make the perfect fall décor! Paint them in the color of your choice, and display them in bowls or scatter them on your Thanksgiving table. Afterwards, they even make a fun counting or sorting game to play with the kids! 

Wooden People

These wooden people are ready to come alive with your imagination. Paint them for your Thanksgiving display! They make great little pilgrims or can represent the people in your life you are grateful for.

Napkin Ring Holders

Set your Thanksgiving table in style with these wooden colonial napkin ring holders. They can be painted, woodburned, stained or stamped to add your personalized touch. Have the kids help, and you can start a fun family Thanksgiving tradition.

These DIY projects result in great décor and centerpieces for your holiday dinner. Happy Crafting!

Spooky Crafts for the Month of October

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The most spook-tacular month is here! It’s time to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit. What better way to do that than with some spooky crafts? Here are a few of my favorites. Happy Crafting!

Halloween-Themed Yos Yos

Customize your wooden yo yos to get into the Halloween spirit! Do-it-yourself projects include hand painting, decorating with embellishments, wood burning or stamping. Perhaps paint a spider web (as pictured above) or a pumpkin! Regardless of how you decorate them, these yo yos make the perfect Halloween party favors. 

Little Wooden Witches or Zombies 

These wooden girls can become anything, so why not decorate them to match your Halloween décor? This makes for a fun craft you can do with the entire family. Also, these pieces will last for years to come! Let your creativity and imagination shine. Here are a few Halloween-themed craft ideas…

  • Adams Family
  • Mummies
  • Witches
  • Zombies 

Client-Inspired Glowing Tops 

This last suggestion is inspired by my client, Keith Enevoldsen. Just look at what he did with my wooden tops!

“I spray painted them with two coats of fluorescent green (so they glow brightly under ultraviolet light) and then two coats of glow-in-the-dark (so they glow dimly without ultraviolet light). When you spin them fast, the glowing “eye” spot pops up. I plan to give them out as Halloween treats.”

5 DIY Wedding Accents

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There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding, and décor is at the top of the list. Your wedding theme, décor and finishing touches allow you to really get creative and let your personality shine. So what better to create a personable wedding ambiance than with some DIY wedding accents? Here are a few of my favorite ideas to make your wedding day even more special. Happy Crafting! 

Wedding Wine Stoppers

These wine stoppers make the perfect wedding party favors. Each image is sealed with two layers of a protective coat, so your wedding party can enjoy them for years to come.  Made with natural wood, these stoppers can be added to gift bags at your bachelor/bachelorette parties or they can be used as wine stoppers at the wedding! Regardless, they are sure to be a hit!

Unfinished Wooden Hearts

What better way to celebrate love than with these unfinished DIY wooden hearts. They are perfect for a wedding guest book signing or bridal shower favors! Completely personalize these hearts by painting and decorating them. Also, choose the size that works best for you. I’ve had many clients get creative with these. They offer a great unique touch to any ceremony!

Unfinished Wood Candlestick Holders

Need a little extra something to set the ambiance? These candlestick holders will set the mood, while adding a stylish accent to your wedding table. Made of maple/birch hardwood and smooth to the touch, they are ready to stain, paint or decorate to match your wedding décor.

Scalloped Wooden Hearts

A ruffled twist on my wooden hearts, these DIY pieces are easy to paint or stain to match your wedding décor! The possibilities are endless! Personalize them with the couple’s name and wedding date. Use them as the wedding guest book. Give them out as wedding party favors. Regardless of how they are used, these hearts are sure to put a glorious finishing touch on your ceremony. 

Wedding Table Candlestick Holder

These smooth, unfinished wooden pillar candlestick holders are a great way to decorate your wedding table. Add your ideal color by staining or spray painting them, and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind centerpiece! 

When love and crafting mix, the result is always something special. I wish you a wonderful wedding, and an even more wonderful future!