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Storybook-Themed Wooden Peg Dolls Craft

Storybook-Themed Wooden Peg Dolls Craft

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Here is a fun peg doll craft for preschoolers or elementary-aged children. The wooden peg dolls are a great way to remember your favorite storybook characters.

Wooden Peg Doll

Happy Monday! With Halloween and this year’s DIY costume-making behind me, I am sharing another fun craft. I made these Easy DIY storybook peg dolls with my kiddos.

For now, we have them on display in our learning space, and they are just darling. Eventually, my daughter will have them as a keepsake and reminder of our storytimes. I enjoyed putting this craft together and think you will too.

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DIY Storybook Peg Doll Craft

We have fallen in love with many of the characters in our picture books. So far, we have made peg dolls of Peter Rabbit, The Very Hungary Caterpillar, Paddington the Bear, Corduroy, and Madeline.

Soon we will add Peter of The Snowy Day and Max of Where the Wild Things Are.

Wooden Peg Dolls

Storybook Peg Doll Craft Supplies

The storybook-themed wooden peg dolls can be created with only a handful of supplies. To make the peg dolls, you will need the following materials.

wooden peg dolls crafts

How to Paint Storybook Peg Dolls

I am by no means an artist. This is a very straightforward craft and does not require much skill to pull off, so a lengthy tutorial isn’t necessary.

Choose a favorite storybook or character to create the wooden peg dolls. It could be a character from a classic like Alice in Wonderland or any story. The choices are endless.

Be sure to have a copy of the book handy to reference the colors and details of the character.

I painted each peg doll to look like the characters, kept it simple, and tried to use the appropriate colors.

If you try this project, you will want to be sure to let each layer of paint dry before adding the next to avoid the colors mudding together.

Paint the wooden peg dolls with appropriate skin color and let dry. Next, take inspiration from the book’s illustrations and paint the clothing and accessories onto the peg dolls. You can use markers for the details if you’re not confident in your painting skills.

Now that the dolls are painted, you should seal them using Mod Podge. Mod Podge will protect the paint and keep it from chipping or scratching. Apply two coats of Mod Podge and let dry overnight.

With a little imagination and creativity, you can make this sweet craft to give as a meaningful and thoughtful gift. Happy crafting!

How to Paint Wooded Peg Dolls

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Sunday 25th of November 2018

Super cute idea! Seems like a great idea to zen out with the kids too.


Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Such a cute idea! Great to help with reading along to stories


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

These are ADORABLE. Totally making some for my nieces and nephews.

Amy @ Orison Orchards

Monday 12th of November 2018

I love these! My kiddos would have a heyday with this project and make dolls for every occasion and storybook. I'm going to bet some to set aside as a fun, rainy day craft!

Eco Friendly Mama

Monday 12th of November 2018

Thanks for this peg doll tutorial! I had no idea they were so cheap to buy unfinished, so this could be a fun craft to do at home with the kiddos.