Hobknobin’s Holiday Gift Guide

This year’s holiday season looks a little different. Some may not be able to spend the holidays with loved ones this year. Gatherings might look smaller with some missing, or many gatherings might be spent entirely on Zoom. No matter what your holidays will look like this season, make sure you take some time for yourself to relax, recharge, and be present.

If you’re unsure what to gift those in your life this holiday season, look no further! I have put together a holiday gift guide for even the toughest of gift receivers-I’m looking at you, dads! When you order a gift from my shop you’re directly supporting a local business. Not only that, but I offer fast shipping to ensure your gifts make it with plenty of time to spare!


For the women in your life, whether it be a mom, grandma, wife, or sister, a festive wine stopper is always sure to please! I sell a variety in my shop and you’re sure to find the perfect one.


If the woman in your life doesn’t drink wine, you can never go wrong with jewelry! If she has a lot of necklaces or bracelets, the wood jewelry stands are perfect for keeping jewelry organized and untangled! They come unfinished so you can add your unique touch painting them however you’d like.


If you’re shopping for a sporty man in your life who likes baseball, the wood baseball stand is the perfect gift for someone who has a baseball to display. Maybe a caught foul ball, a signed baseball, or one from coaching. The stand comes unfinished so you can paint and personalize it any way you like. 

If the man in your life doesn’t care for baseball, I have some other great items in my shop! Check out my wine stoppers with golf, motorcycles, and other festive designs, baseball pens, and even unfinished birdhouses if the man in your life likes birdwatching. 

I have a ton of items to gift as presents for children, but the ones I most recommend are my sensory trays. Our children are bombarded with technology and screens and gifting a toy that doesn’t even require batteries but requires a lot of imagination instead will help foster their creative thinking skills and imagination. I recommend this festive sensory tray kit:


No matter what your holidays look like this year, I hope you’re able to enjoy them with the people you love. Like always, please tag me in your creations: @Hobknobin


Why Your Children Need Loose Parts

These days, it seems we have started to stray away from fancy, technologically advanced toys and are returning to our roots with simplistic loose parts. “What are loose parts?,” you may be wondering. Loose parts are usually made from wood and include items such as clothespins, rings, spools, balls, sticks, coins, and much more. Loose parts are meant to be simple to allow for maximum freedom. Giving your child loose parts will allow them to have fun with their imagination, as they can be used for stacking, grouping, or creating new fun games to play. 

These loose parts are great for developing hand-eye coordination in younger kids, shape and color recognition, learning, and so much more. Since loose parts are made of wood, you have many options when it comes to color! Taking a day to paint the parts with your child could be a fun learning experience and craft day.

A good way to get started with loose parts is by purchasing a sensory toy kit. There are a few different sensory kits for sale in my Etsy shop, ToyingAround.

This sensory tray offers a variety of loose parts to stimulate your child’s imagination. The peg people are perfect for decorating and dressing up. The bucket and scoop are great for helping your child with motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

This sensory tray set offers bigger peg people, coins and a scoop, and rings. The rings are perfect for stacking and the coins can be great to use in games.

This last sensory tray set is cooking-themed and comes with a rolling pill, table, and kitchen-themed tray. The opportunities with this tray are endless and your children are sure to be entertained for hours as they use their imaginations with these loose parts.

I offer a few more sensory tray sets in my Etsy shop if you’re interested in more loose parts:


Five Wedding Must-Haves

Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from planning your special day. There are plenty of affordable, DIY options for various wedding accents and decorations. Here are five must-haves for your perfect wedding!

Rustic Ring Napkin Holders

These wood napkin holders are perfect if your theme is rustic and/or if you are having an outdoor reception. These napkin holders are hand painted to give them the washed out effect. They’re made with non-toxic acrylic paint and are sure to be a hit!

Monogram Wedding Wine Stoppers

If you’re going to put together a cute gift basket for your bridesmaids, these monogrammed wine stoppers are a great little addition. All you have to do is pair them with a bottle of wine! Explore my shop for some additional bridesmaid-themed wine stoppers. 

Cake Stand

If you’re in need of a cake stand, look no further! And if you already have a cake stand, this wooden stand is perfect for holding centerpiece items! It comes unfinished and looks great painted or stained to fit the theme of your wedding. It’s a must-have to make your wedding that much more unique.

Unfinished Wood Hearts

These hearts are extremely versatile and can be used for just about anything. A great example would be to use these for seating arrangements. Another idea is to have guests use them to write a sweet message for the bride and groom. The possibilities with these hearts are endless!

Wooden Peg People

You can decorate these wooden peg dolls any way you’d like. The most popular option is to decorate them as the bride and groom for your cake topper. Allow your creativity and personalization to take over!

Hope you enjoyed these wedding must-haves! If you incorporate any of these items in your wedding, please tag me in your posts! @HobKnobin 


5 Must-Have Wooden Fall Items

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!