Sometimes you want wooden toys to be in your own color scheme. Or you want them cheaper than the major brands. Or you want to go crazy with the limited time of raising that you decide painting 100 little mushrooms is a *good idea*.
I’ve been there and back. Painting your own wooden toys take time and effort. What paints to use, what sealants to use, and where to buy from.
I put together this list of Etsy sellers who make their own wooden toys. You can purchase them unfinished, sand them, paint them, and seal them to your own color scheme.
I choose only small businesses because 1. support small business!, 2. skips out on “made in we don’t know where” products. All the products listed are made by artisans themselves. Some are in the US, a couple in the UK, and a few in Russia.
If you have a photo you’d like to share of your wooden creation, please contact me and I’d be happy to post it here.
Disclosure: The links to purchase these toys at Etsy are affiliate. I make a tiny amount of commission for each sale made through the links below. It costs you nothing but helps me cover my costs to continue writing and maintaining this site. Thank you for the support!
Orlando Wooden Toys – Recommended products: 9 piece wood semicircle, 12 piece wooden rainbows (disappears from stock quickly!), 6 piece Wooden Wave Stacker Toy. Plus, plenty of super cute teethers. Buy them unfinished if you want to paint them.
Clickity Clack – SO MANY PRETTY THINGS. They come unfinished so you may need to sand some items. All my peg dolls are from here and oh my, the baby bumble bees are the cutest.
I went through each peg doll listing and pulled their dimensions. This should help you when building your collection. Below is a photo I took of all the Clickity Clack people I own. They #1, #4, #5, #2, and #10.
No. 1 Large Angel/Woman peg dolls measuring 3-1/2 inches tall and 1-1/2 inches wide.
No. 4 Tall Man Peg Dolls measuring 3 9/16 inches tall.
#5 Large Boy Peg Doll is 2-5/16 inches tall with a 7/8 inch base
The #8 Small Boy Peg Doll is 1-11/16 inches tall and 5/8 inches wide.
#11 Hard Hat Guy/Helmet Head Peg Dolls – 2-1/8 inches tall with a ¾ inch base and a 1-1/16 diameter hat.
#2 Small Angel/Girl – 2 inches tall and 7/8 inches wide
No. 6 Little Woman peg dolls measuring 2 -1/4 inches tall and 3/4 inches wide. They have a flat bottom.
#3 Girl with Skirt Peg Dolls measuring 2 inches tall with a 5/8 inch diameter base.
#7 Little Tots Peg Doll is 1-3/16 inches tall and 5/8 inches wide.
#10 Bumble bee/baby – 1-3/16 tall like the Little Tots, but has a curved body that is 5/8 inch at the widest point. They have a flat bottom only 3/8 inch wide. Chocking hazard! One of the kids favorite peg people.
They also sell vehicles that match to the sizes of the people (READ the listing properly!). Go crazy, the prices are great and they are made in the USA.
Cedar Oaks– They make wine racks but they also make peg dolls. Sizes are pretty standard and below are the sizes currently for sale. Of course confirm with the owner in case you need the peg doll to fit something specific.
Dads – 2-3/8″ tall x 7/8″ wide
Moms – 2-1/4″ tall x 3/4″ wide
Girls – 2″ tall x 7/8″ wide
Boys – 1-11/16″ tall x 5/8″ wide
Babies – 1-1/8″ tall x 5/8″ wide
ROSTOKToys – The prices are amazing. I have the sorting bowls with mushrooms, rattle, lacing vegetable beads, and nesting dolls. The shipping will cost a lot as with most of the other shops, but I love the quality. Made in Russia by a family, all the products are popular with the kiddos.
Kokeshi doll sizes: 1 Large – 4″ Tall
1 Medium – 3 1/4″ Tall
1 Small – 2 1/2″ Tall
1 Teeny – 2 1/8: Tall
1 Tiny – 1 1/2″ Tall
Crafty Wool Felt – The owner has a beautiful collection of felt products. Felt balls and sheets and ready made pieces – it’s all eye candy. She also has a small collection of wooden items: people, trees, spools, beads, snowmen.
House Mountain Natural – Delightful wooden food, eco friendly baby gift sets, and paint your own wood pieces, Ross has a lovely collection.
Bob Hudson Wood Crafts – Need wooden animals? Why yes, you do. Bob makes lots of wooden animals and wooden Christmas pieces. Based in Connecticut, it’s another made in the USA toy.
Have a shop I should include or photos to share? Let me know!