Have you heard of peg dolls? They’re all the rage in the crafting world right now. Parents love them because peg dolls are durable and help their children engage in imaginative play. Kids love them because they’re bright and colorful.
I have been involved in a few peg doll swaps, and my kids love playing with them. I find them engaged in all sorts of imaginative play. They will literally play with the peg dolls for a half an hour to an hour at a time.
How to Create Peg Dolls
Peg dolls are relatively easy to create, and trust me, you don’t have to be an artist to make them. I’m severely lacking in artistic ability, and I’ve still been able to create cute peg dolls for my kids.
The easiest way to create peg dolls, if you’re not particularly artistically minded, is to find some samples and follow them. Pinterest is a great resource to find peg doll designs that you’d like to create.
After you’ve found your design, you’ll need to get your supplies:
Peg dolls. These can be purchased off Etsy or Bayer Wood Products. A quick search of Google will also let you know other suppliers. The individual peg dolls range from .21 to .88 cents each, approximately.
Paints. You’ll need acrylic paint. The smallest bottle available should suffice because the dolls only require a tiny bit of paint.
Brushes. You’ll want good quality brushes that won’t shed bristles onto the doll. (Trust me, I tried to use the cheap brushes, and I was constantly carefully taking the brush bristles off the areas I had just painted. Not fun!)
Sharpie Oil Based Paint Fine Point Pen. If you need to outline or include fine detail, you can’t go wrong with a Sharpie oil based paint fine point pen. These come in a multitude of colors, including silver and gold.
Mod Podge One Coat Gloss Finish. This non-toxic finish is perfect to seal and protect your work, especially if you have a little one who may sometimes be chewing on the peg dolls.
A Few Tips to Get You Started
Pencil in Your Design. It’s perfectly okay (even recommended) to first pencil in the design of your peg doll. This makes it easier when you are painting, and you can cover up your pencil marks with the paint.
Timing Is Everything with Mod Podge. I’ve made quite a few peg dolls and learned a lot about using Mod Podge. If you have a peg doll that will retain the natural wood color, Mod Podge that area before using a Sharpie oil-based pen. If you do it afterward, the Sharpie paint will blur.
If you are going to paint and then outline, paint the surface first, then apply Mod Podge, then outline with the Sharpie pen. Remember to apply a final coat of Mod Podge.
Make sure to give ample time for Mod Podge to dry. Although it may be dry to the touch in just a few hours, it can take up to 4 weeks to cure.
Find or Create a Peg Doll Swap Group
Creating several individual peg dolls can be tedious. Instead, if you can find a peg doll swap to participate in, you can just do one doll and then swap with others. For example, this fall, I participated in a peg doll Nativity scene swap. All I had to do was complete the yellow camel. I made 12 of them. My work was done assembly-line style over a week.
Because my swap wasn’t local, I mailed the camels to the coordinator, as did all of the other people participating in the swap. Then, she sent back to me a bag with all of the peg dolls needed for the nativity. My children have loved playing with them!
You can look for peg doll swaps on Facebook. Or, if you belong to a mom’s group, you can organize a local swap.
Have you created peg dolls yet? If so, what other advice would you offer?