Monarch butterfly peg dolls are an easy DIY toy for kids. These cute little wooden toy dolls are perfect for pretend or imaginative play. DIY Butterfly dolls are an easy homemade wooden toy and gift idea for children.
My daughter loves to fly her monarch butterfly peg dolls around the house and bring them out to the garden to pollinate the flowers. Too cute!
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Butterfly Dolls for Children
These DIY monarch butterfly peg dolls are surprisingly easy to make. All you need is a few inexpensive materials and a free afternoon.
My 2.5-year-old daughter helped me paint the bodies, while I did the rest of the detailed work. An older child or teen will be able to make these from start to finish on their own.
These little cuties add a lovely summer element to your home decor and are perfect for displaying on summer nature tables.
Monarch Butterfly Peg Doll Supply List
- Peg dolls
- Orange monarch butterflies or multi-colored monarch butterflies
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush(s)
- Incredible nib (optional)
- Craft glue or glue gun with glue sticks
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How to Make Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Step by Step Tutorial
Step 1 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Body’s
- Tip: If you will have a young child assisting you like I did you will need to tape off the butterfly doll heads with painters tape. That way you can have them paint the butterfly doll bodies and you can paint the faces. Check out Elf Peg Doll Ornaments to see photos of this.
- Allow monarch butterfly peg dolls to dry.
Step 2 – Paint Butterfly Dolls Necks
- First I had my daughter paint all the butterfly peg doll bodies. Once they were dry I went back and painted the neck and head. I did this for two reasons:
- My 2.5-year-old daughter helped me paint the butterfly doll bodies.
- It makes it easier to hold the butterfly peg doll to do detail work with the neck, head, and face.
Step 3 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Heads
- Look at the head to determine which part you would like to be the face.
- Paint a line right in the middle of the head from neck to neck. Don’t worry about how messy it is. (a & b)
- Fill in back of the head. (c)
- Narrow the face and clean up your line to make it nice. (d)
Step 4 – Paint Butterfly Peg Doll Faces
I used a tool called the incredible nib to do the details on each butterfly doll face. It’s a pen you can dip in paint. but you can use a regular paintbrush or paint pen if you prefer.
Step 5 – Make and Apply Antenna onto Each Butterfly Doll
- Cut pipe cleaners in half. Use one-half for each peg doll.
- Overlap pipe cleaner so the circle is large enough to fit around each butterfly doll head. (a)
- Tie once around. (b & c)
- Use the base of a paintbrush to curl tips. (d)
- Place antenna on the butterfly head. (e)
- Glue it in place. (optional)
Step 6 – Apply Butterfly Wings
- Cut the wire off of each monarch butterfly.
- Cut the antenna off of each monarch butterfly.
- Place glue on the bottom of each butterfly.
- Attach monarch butterfly to peg doll.
- Lay the butterfly doll on its belly and allow to dry if not using a glue gun.
These monarch butterfly peg dolls add a lovely summer element to your home decor and are perfect for displaying on nature tables.
These cute little wooden butterfly dolls are also wonderful for pretend or imaginative play. My daughter loves to fly them around the house chatting away.
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