These peg dolls were lots of fun to make, my nine year old daughter particularly enjoyed this project.
What we used
Wooden dolly pegs, Glue, Double sided tape
Face - Felt tip pens
Clothes - Fabric scraps, Ribbons, Carrier bags, Wool oddments
Arms – Wire, String or Twigs
Hats – Bottle tops/crowns, Buttons, Acorn cups
Hair – Wool/Yarn oddments, Netting from fruit packaging
What we did
The great thing about this project is that it is so versatile, with just a little imagination many interesting characters can be created.
- Start by drawing on a face with felt tip pens, we went with as simple dot for each eye and thin arc for the mouth.
- Next we used a little glue to attach short pieces of yarn as hair, on one doll we used a small piece of netting cut from the packaging of some lemons.
- We used a little more of the glue to attach a hat. We used a mixture of acorn caps, bottle crowns and buttons. We also made one wearing a head scarf cut from a fabric scrap.
- For the arms we used a piece of wire wrapped around the peg with twisted loops each end for hands. We also tried string and even a green twig.
- To dress the doll, cut out a square of fabric and make a small cross cut in the centre. Slide the peg in. Cut two small holes to push the arms through.
- We used a piece of ribbon tied around the neck of the hole to hold the dress on. Then wrap this across the front of the peg and tie at the back in a bow. We thought the lace ribbon looked a little like wings so when we made the version with the carrier bag we deliberately cut the ends in to wing shapes.
- We dressed some with separate tops and bottoms and made arms for this one by wrapping a piece of matching fabric around a pipe cleaner before attaching with glue.
- We also made a version with yarn wrapped around it to make the clothes. This was good for giving the effect of trousers.
- I found a small bell in one of the my odds and ends tins so I gave this to one of the dolls to hold.