Since this is our third baby, we decided to be picker about the products we buy. When looking around for a play gym, I just couldn’t justify the cost associated with purchasing a standard play gym. 


I convinced my husband that not only do we need a wooden play gym, I needed him to make it for me. I don’t think he was initially pleased with being assigned this task. He dived head first and exceeded my hopes. I cannot wait until baby is old enough to enjoy this play gym. 



Although the process was fairly simple, be warned that it was time consuming. 


  1. 1 1/2 x 3/4 inch wood 
  2. 5/8 inch Wooden dowel
  3. 1/8 inch Rope 
  4. Wood glue
  5. Drill
  6. Toys
  7. Oil for wood (we used teak oil)

We purchased a scrap piece of wood from a local home improvement store. The type of wood used is a personal preference. 

Step 1: Cut the wood leg pieces into 4 (four) 20 inch pieces 

Step 2: If necessary, sand the edges down. The wood we choose did not have rounded corners – hence, why we chose to sand the edges down. 

Step 3: Cut the dowel to approx. 26 inches long. 

Step 4: Use the appropriate drill bit to fit the dowel into the leg pieces. Since our dowel was 5/8, we used any drill bit 5/8 paddle bit

Step 5: Measure 7 inches down on each leg. Drill a hole for the rope. We used 1/8 inch rope, so our drill bit was 3/16. 

Step 6: Feed the dowel into the leg pieces. 

Step 7: Use wood glue to glue the outside legs in place. Leave the two interior legs mobile. Let dry for 24 hours. 

Step 8: Feed the rope into the precut holes. Knot the ends. We also melted the ends of the rope to ensure our knots would not come loose over time. 

Step 9: Apply the oil to the wood. We did two applications of oil, allowing each one to dry before applying the next. 

Step 10: Add (or make) toys. I was lazy and bought mine off Amazon. Here is the link to the ones we purchased.