One of the best parts of our Waldorf school fair last year was the incredible generosity of time and talent given by the parents. A couple of very talented parents made two styles of beautiful wood stilts and I posted some pictures of them last year. I simply gave a picture of the stilt I wanted to one Dad to recreate and then I gave a sample stilt to another Mom who recreated the other style(with help from others). It was amazing synergy!
Someone recently asked me for more specifics on the stilts so I thought I’d do a post on how to make wood stilts for everyone. And, a disclaimer: I didn’t make these stilts personally, but have a pair of both styles that my kids LOVE to use. Here’s the basic information you’ll need on how to make wood stilts.
ADJUSTABLE WOOD STILTS
These stilts are great because you can adjust the height of the foot piece–depending on the size (and skill level) of the child. We have this style of stilt at our Waldorf school that is used in the Games classes.
We made the main piece of the wood stilts to be 5 feet tall out of 2 x 2 (inch) pieces of wood. All of the edges of the 2 x 2 were beveled and of course sanded well. The bottom of the stilt was also beveled. As the bottom is the area of most wear and pressure, you can wrap a metal band around the bottom for extra strength if desired. (For personal use, you don’t really need the metal band–ours are holding up just fine, but the frequently used stilts at our school all have metal band reinforcements)
The foot piece is made out of 2 x 4 scraps and is made adjustable using bolts. We started the drilled holes 7 inches from the bottom and spaced the holes 2 inches apart. We drilled a total of 8 holes per stilt.
Here are the dimensions for the foot piece. The diagonal starts from 5 inches and goes up to the full length of 7 inches.
Here’s a side view of the 5″ side of the foot piece. The first bolt is 1 inch from the bottom and the 2nd bolt is 3 inches from the bottom.
We used 7 ” bolts with a washer and wing nut.
NO NAIL WOOD STILTS
These stilts were beautifully made by one talented Dad. If you can see from the pictures, there are no nails used and it looks like one beautiful piece of wood. I’m sorry that I can’t give you directions on how to do the wood pegs that were used, but I can tell you that these stilts are really, really special…
These stilts were also 5 feet long using 2 x 2 wood. The edges and bottom are beveled like the adjustable stilt above.
The foot piece is slightly different. Here are the dimensions.
Here are pictures of the amazing wooden pegs…
I hope that these pictures and dimensions help you make wood stilts of your own. Kids really love them and they help to develop strong balancing skills!