I absolutely LOVE how these DIY rainbow peg dolls turned out. My daughter plays with them non-stop while chatting away with them.
These are also easy to set up as a color matching activity. Each box acts as a container for each family and doubles as a container for color matching. You can also match up the separate body types for another type of matching game.
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DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls
I figured out a way to work with each color once to get these done quickly and easily. See the directions below.
DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls Materials:
- Hygloss Assorted Wooden People (Contains enough peg dolls for this project and others listed below.)
- 3″ Small Round Paper Mache Boxes with Lids
- Acrylic Paint
- Incredible Nib
- Mod Podge Matte Finish
- Brush Set
- Foam brush – Included in bush set above
DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls Directions:
Work with one color at a time through the following steps. Once finished with one color repeat with the next color until complete.
Step 1 – Paint inside of box and lid
Step 2 – Paint peg doll bodies of each peg doll in one family
- While waiting for the inside of the box to dry enough to paint the outside, paint the peg doll bodies.
- Paint one family at a time the same color as the inside of the box you just painted. Each family consists of a mommy, daddy, kid and baby. [The link to the peg doll set above has everything you need for this project and these DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls, and these Peg Doll Boats plus a few extra for a surprise I’m saving. Sign up for our newsletter below so you don’t miss the next projects.]
- Hold on to the head and paint the bottom of each peg doll first then paint the body. Don’t worry about the neck or getting close to the head. We’ll get to that later. Just quickly paint the bodies starting with the bottom of each peg doll so it will dry enough to set it down by the time you are done painting the body.
Step 3 – Paint outside of box and lid
- While the peg doll bodies are drying paint the outside of that family’s box and lid.
- Note: I did not paint the bottoms of the boxes.
Step 4 – Paint head and neck of each peg doll in one family
- Look at head first to decide what part you would like to make the face.
- Paint a line from shoulder to shoulder right in the middle of the head. Don’t worry if it’s messy.
- Paint back of head and neck.
- Carefully paint neck under face.
- Clean up the line around the face to make it as nice as possible.
Step 5 – Touch up any areas of box, lid or peg dolls that need a extra paint before cleaning brushes and moving on to the next color.
- Allow to dry before moving on to next steps.
Step 6 – Paint the faces of the peg dolls.
- Paint all the faces at once after you have painted all the families.
- I used a tool called the incredible nib to do the detail of the face. There’s a link to it above. It’s basically a brush that acts like a pen after you dip it in paint. You’re welcome to use a regular paintbrush or paintpen if you prefer.
These dolls came magically alive for my daughter once I put faces on them. You should have seen her face light up and immediately start talking to them. It feels so good to make something that your children adore and can enjoy for many years of pretend play. It’s time to make a doll house – stay tuned!
Step 7 – Apply Mod Podge to inside of all boxes.
- Use foam brush to apply Mod Podge so you don’t ruin your paint brushes.
- Mod Podge is a waterbased glue and finish that protects the dolls and makes them look really clean and professionally made.
- It goes on White and dries clear.
Step 8 – Apply Mod Podge to peg doll bodies starting with the bottom of each peg doll.
- While you wait for the insides of the boxes to dry enough to Mod Podge the outsides, Mod Podge the bottoms and bodies of the peg dolls.
- Paint the bottoms before the bodies.
- Use an old egg carton to place them on their heads and allow to dry before you paint the bodies.
- By the time you finish 12 dolls you should be able to paint the bodies and set them down to dry before moving onto the next 12.
- Don’t worry about the necks and heads of the peg dolls – You will paint them later.
Step 9 – Apply Mod Podge to Outside of all boxes
- While you wait for the bodies to dry paint the outside of each of the boxes.
- These cute little boxes become almost as solid as wood after they have been painted and Mod Podged.
- Allow boxes to dry throughly before placing families inside and lid on.
Step 10 – Apply Mod Podge to heads of peg dolls
- Paint all the heads once the bodies are dry.
- Allow everything to dry until Mod Podge is no longer tacky. 24 hours should be fine.
As you can see these are easy to make, but they take a bit of time to complete. It took me two afternoons of work to finish them. An older child may like to try their hand at crafting these, while both younger and older children enjoy playing with them.
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- DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls
- Peg Doll Boat Craft for Kids
- DIY Fall Peg Doll Faries
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