Friday, December 12, 2014

"A" is for Animal Wall Hooks

diy animal wall hooks

Happy Friday friends!  We're in the final stretch of the Handmade Holiday series with the big day less than two weeks away.  Ana White and I have been working together to provide plans for gifts you can build. 

So far we have 10 plans this year:

And don't forget last week's cutest ever diy dollhouse shelf:

Today we have another kid friendly diy gift build: animal wall hooks.

Ana has the plans here for all of the animal faces.  She made easy to print pdf file patterns, simply cut out the shapes from 1/4" plywood, sand and start painting!

There's a raccoon, deer and fox.

Paint these critters however you choose or leave the wood natural.

There are plenty of spots for hanging accessories and toys.

I added a 3/4" square dowel piece behind the animal face to give more depth from the wall which makes for more hanging space.

How to make animal wall hooks:

Follow Ana's plans here to get the animal face patterns.

Step 1: Print out the patterns and cut around outer edge of animal face.

Step 2: Trace outer edge onto 1/4" plywood.

Step 3: Cut plywood using a jig saw, slow and steady here.  Sand well.

Step 4: To get the details on the animal faces place the pattern on top of plywood cutout.  Using a ballpoint pen and heavy pressure trace the lines.

The pressure of the pen creates a slight indent in the plywood giving you an outline of where to paint.

Step 5: Assemble the animal faces.  Predrill screw holes (eyes) in the animal faces and 3/4" square dowel backer.  Determine placement and glue and screw onto 1x2 board.

Hang hooks and then hang stuff on the hooks!  Be sure to secure properly to wall using mollys and screws, I only used nails here because this is a gift.

Don't forget to check back next Friday for our final handmade holiday gift to build for 2014!


  1. The cuteness factor with this project is off the scales. I adore it!

  2. SO cute! The possibilities are endless... we're partial to elephants and owls in this house... wheels are turning!

  3. Aloha, Jaime!

    This has inspired me to create something similar for a "woodland" line I'm putting together for my (new to) Etsy shop. I will modify the shapes and animal designs to match the paintings I've already made, but I was wondering if I could link to your post and Ana's plans in a Youtube video to show my source of inspiration?

    Please let me know if this will be a problem. There are other things I could make instead that would still work in my little collection. :)

    Thank you for considering!
    Yvonne Urra-Bazain

  4. Do you just glue the noses on? Sorry, I couldn't see where you say so.