Secret Bedtime Peg Dolls

Birthdays! Birthdays are coming! I’ve been working on a cool set of peg dolls for the boys but…you know. I can only do it at night. When they’re sleeping. So they won’t see. Please forgive the dark and somewhat cruddy nature of the following photographs.

I’ve wanted to make some of these for a while now, but this was my first try. Begin with wooden pegs: these are available sometimes at craft stores or online. These are a little over two inches, so pretty small.

How to Make Peg Dolls

I used the following supplies:

  • A mechanical pencil
  • Acrylic paints
  • A fine-tipped paintbrush
  • Acrylic sealer

Begin by lightly penciling the outlines of your character onto the peg. Working with one color at a time, begin painting in your design. (Note: Once you paint over pencil, you can’t erase it, and it shows through some of the colors. Options: either paint beside it and then erase it, or put enough paint over it to cover.)

How to Make Peg Dolls

Fortunately the paint dries very quickly. Let it sit for an hour or two before placing it on some newspaper and applying two coats of the sealer. (Make sure you have good ventilation for this…I did it on my back porch.) This helps protect that paint job, as well as adding a nice shine to the pieces.

Then I added a pair of felt triangles to Batman’s head with my glue gun…

How to Make Peg Dolls

And done. How awesome are these? As my husband said, none of them are perfect, but all of them are amazing. To the side, guys!

How to Make Peg Dolls

I’m excited to see how Tommy and Teddy like them. They were really fun to make!

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