This is a fun craft to do with the kids, you can go all out and give these peg dolls the most fabulous of outfits and hairstyles.
Alternatively, stick to a traditional colour palette so they sit well with your existing decorations.
You Will Need
- Wooden clothes pegs
- Wooden beads
- A selection of paint
- Paint brushes (smaller the better)
- Mini screw eye pins
- Bradawl (or a tapestry needle)
- Ribbons, chunky wool etc for scarves and hair
- Glue gun
1 Squeeze out some coloured paint in a selection of colours. Then, holding the peg doll at the rounded end, paint a pair of trousers and some shoes or boots onto each peg. Leave to dry.
2 Paint the peg doll’s top half in another bright colour, and the face in a flesh tone. You can place the pegs around the outside of a cup while you wait for them to dry.
3 Use a hot glue gun to glue on a small wooden bead to the top of some of the pegs. Then paint on the hair with a small paintbrush. Leave to dry.
4 With a fine paintbrush, start adding details to each peg - trims on the trousers, fur-topped boots, buttons and pockets.
5 Using the tip of a fine paintbrush, dot on two eyes and a little mouth onto each face.
6 Apply a little of the hot glue to the doll’s neck, then wrap a length of ribbon or wool around each to create a scarf. You can have them as long or short as you like.
7 Tie some string or wool around where the bead meets the head and tie in a little bow, trim the ends to neaten.
8 Using a bradawl or a tapestry needle, make a small indent in the top of the peg. Place on an eye pin and screw in. Feed some string through and tie in a knot to create a hanging loop.
- If you place the needle through the loop of the eye pin, you can use it as a lever to rotate the eye pin, making screwing it in much easier.
- To attach an eye pin to one of the dolls with a bead on its head, simply apply a little hot glue inside the hole and press in the eye pin.
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