Wood Burned Doll Blocks

Today it was decided that we needed more people for the dollhouse, so I got out some scrap wood and had the kids draw figures on the pieces. Then I took my woodburner and traced over their drawings and made some “doll blocks”. It was so fast and fun that I had to try making a drawing, too. The dolls really helped spice up the doll house, and the kids had a great time acting out scenes with the characters they made. I also wood burned their names and the date on the bottom of the blocks too, in case they get saved.

If you’ve never tried wood burning, you should give it a whirl. Woodburners and very inexpensive, and it’s a great non-toxic way to decorate wood toys. (You can find out more about woodburner tools on my Favorite Tools page if you’d like.) You could also just draw or paint on the blocks too, which would also be great.

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  1. December 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Such a fantastic idea! Great for older ones to make for others as a gift! Thank you for sharing.

  2. December 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I love them and the dollhouse. So cool. We received your book for Christmas, and are very psyched about that! Happy New Year, Joel.

  3. Patricia Ágreda Ferrán
    December 31, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! Happy new year loving :)

  4. Jo
    December 31, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Awesome tool. We would use the 'hot poker' at school woodwork class.

  5. January 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

    i love this idea! maybe when we've moved past the scribbling phase we'll try it at our house. i thought you might like to see the christmas present my dad made for my son this year--completely copied from inspired by you! (here's the blog post: http://www.thisishappystuff.com/?p=1876) thanks for the inspiration!

    1. January 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks everyone! Carissaabc - Awesome house!!! Your dad is definitely a much more skilled woodworker than I am, (which isn't saying too much, but wow, he's good.) I actually have detailed directions and measurements for that dollhouse in my book, but looks like he didn't need it. Oh, and I love the clear tape ceiling art installation your kid made. Awesome!

  6. January 2, 2012 at 12:07 am

    My son Leonardo turned a whole box of kapla planks (200 pieces!) into little people. He just draw on them but wood burning is a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Sandra
    January 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is awesome! Where are you able to find the wood burner? I am not able to find one in stores. Is it only available online?

    1. January 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I actually found one at Ace Hardware. I'd think most hardware stores should carry them. Sometimes they're just the same as soldering irons, and they come with wood burning tips. I'm sure you can find one locally. But yeah, you can definitely get one online if you need to.

    2. Shaea
      May 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

      You can also find wood burning tools at craft stores like Michaels. I found one at Walmart too. Just be sure to check multiple different areas in the store, or ask a store clerk. :)

  8. January 4, 2012 at 8:11 am

    These are wonderful - I can imagine doing these as a project with children and having them draw characters and self portraits. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Alli
    January 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Those are so cool! :)

  10. January 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    love this. we might try legs, bodies and heads on different blocks to build people!

    1. January 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Ooh, that would be fun! Great idea!

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  12. January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Our woodburning tool arrived in the mail TODAY!

    1. January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Awesome Maiz! I can't wait to see what you guys make! You should definitely have the boys do some pencil drawings on wood and you can trace it with the burner. Might be a little tricky for them to use, but maybe not. Anyway, it's pretty fun!

  13. Caroline
    February 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I ***Love*** these dolls and the dollhouse there so adorable I'm gonna ask m dad to make me one like it!

  14. February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    These are so fantastic - love the idea of the kids drawing their own people. I've posted it on our blog, www.stockadesupply.blogspot.com featuring the wood burners we sell online. Cheers!

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  16. October 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    This idea is sooooo cute. This would also be cute to make as a wood burned nativity set using the kids' drawings. If we do this, I will link back here. Thanks for sharing.

  17. October 9, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Hi Joel, I love your ideas, your design. Simple and inspiring! New follower! :) I made something similar to your wood burned doll blocks the other day: http://ranamamadesign.blogspot.hu/2013/09/pirografalt-fa-epitokockak-wood-burned.html Thank you for the colouring sheets as well (my kids love them). Regina

    1. October 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Regina! Wow, Your hand painted block set if fantastic! Glad you found my site!

  18. May 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    So minimalist, but amazing. I`m absolutely in love with this crafts!

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