wooden peg people DIY

21 Aug wooden peg people DIY

B has been asking for more people to live in her dollhouse, and recently I noticed that our local craft store had all its wooden figures listed 50 percent off. So I decided to try making some little peg people with acrylic paints and scrap fabric.

First I painted the hair and let that dry completely. Then I painted little outfits. I let each layer dry before adding more details. On a couple of the girls, I attached some fabric skirts using Mod Podge. I tried to make each person unique (a couple are modeled after B and Miles…can you guess which ones?)

Once they were completely dry, I used some spray shellac to seal them (shellac is non-toxic, making it a better choice than polyurethane for toys).

These two I’m setting aside to use as cake toppers for the kids’ October birthdays. 🙂

I have to confess, I really got into this project. Once I realized how easy it was, I couldn’t stop envisioning new outfits and hairdos for the peg people. I locked my office door so the kids wouldn’t see what I was doing. I probably could have finished the project during one nap time, but I dragged it out over a few days, painting a few more each time the kids slept. It makes for a great rainy day…or in my case HOT August day project.

6 Comments
  • Barb
    Posted at 16:23h, 31 August Reply

    So cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 17:21h, 13 September Reply

    These are adorable and my 15 month old would love them. Thanks for the great idea, I know what I will be doing this weekend.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 17:21h, 13 September Reply

    These are adorable and my 15 month old would love them. Thanks for the great idea, I know what I will be doing this weekend.

  • Amy {The Red Chair Blog}
    Posted at 14:18h, 18 September Reply

    These are darling! Which craft store sells the pegs?

  • Gina
    Posted at 14:39h, 18 September Reply

    @Amy: I found them at Hobby Lobby, but have also seen them at Michaels with the other unfinished wood figures. Good luck!

  • Angela King
    Posted at 19:15h, 15 December Reply

    I love this idea. What if you gave some of them “real” hair using wool or some other yarn!

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