Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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 :

  1. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. These are darling! Which craft store sells the pegs?

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

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

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