Wooden Nail Hair Creature

Make a wooden nail hair creature!

Media: Wood
Ages: 8+ with an adult
Safety Considerations: Adults should help with hammer + nails
Time: 1 hour + drying time 



Description: Get inspired by wood turning artist Eric Reeves, who gives all of his art’s proceeds to humanitarian organizations. Create a fun and colorful project with reclaimed wood pieces, nails, hammer + paint. Then, in the spirit of Eric Reeves, give it to someone as a gift!

Conversation Questions: 

  • What kind of wooden objects can you find around you to turn into art? 
  • What did you turn your piece of wood into with your IMAGINATION? 
  • What does it feel like to give a gift of art to another person? 












  • Nails (all sizes)
  • Pliers 
  • Hammer 
  • Wood (leftover pieces from projects or a piece from outside)
  • Sharpies or paint pens 
  • Acrylic paint + paintbrush 


  1. Choose your wood piece and imagine what you can turn it in to. What does the shape make you think of? I turned mine into a long alligator and a rectangular head. Start to nail different pieces in. Make sure an adult is around or helping you. 
  2. You can use your fingers OR you can use pliers to help you hold the nail. This is safer so you don’t accidentally hit your finger.
  3. Cover your surface, and paint your object one solid color. Let dry. 
  4. Add more big details with paint. 
  5. Use paint markers to add more fine details.