If you've been a regular reader of The Crafty Crow, you know that I often feature peg doll tutorials. They are such a simple homemade toy that appeal to all children and bring an immense feel of satisfaction and play value to the maker.
In March, 2011, I featured a project for fairy peg people by Margaret Bloom, of We Bloom Here, and today I am happy to help launch the blog tour for a new book by Margaret called Making Peg Dolls. You'll find the book packed with over 60 cute peg doll designs that reflect the seasons, fairy tales, holidays and festivals.
Besides the wood peg doll bases, you probably have the rest of the supplies on hand. Margaret’s book offers clear, step-by-step instructions with delightful hand-drawn illustrations for creating beautiful designs. However, in her introduction, she tells the reader:
Please do not limit yourself to my designs. Give a handful of blank dolls to eager children and see what they come up with. Hold a few dolls in your own hands. Let them whisper into your ear their own stories. Each little doll has a story to tell…
In honor of the blog tour and book launch, Margaret has shared a Valentine Love-Bug tutorial just for Crafty Crow readers! Wouldn’t one of these little dolls be a lovely way to greet a child at breakfast on Valentine’s morning?
Valentine Love-Bug Peg Doll Tutorial
Supplies: A handful of wooden peg doll bases (mine are 4 cm tall, but you could use any size) Watercolor paint and brushes Wool felt in pink, lavendar and white Fabric scissors and pinking shears Paper flower stamens Lightweight cardstock or other paper White craft glue Scotch tape/Sellotape Toothpicks Glitter
Step 1: First paint hair and then faces on your dolls.
Step 2: Paint the bodies of your dolls a pale shade of pink or lavender.
Step 3: From pink or lavender felt, cut three small strips per doll. For my 4 cm dolls, I cut each strip a half cm wide by 6 cm long. If you would like your dolls to be able to carry tiny placards, apply glue to the middle strip of felt, according to the photo above.
Step 4: To secure the antennae, cut a small circle of felt 1 cm wide. Bend a paper flower stamen in half and glue so that the bend in the stamen is secured beneath the circle of felt.
Note: if you cannot obtain paper flower stamens, antennae can be constructed by looping tiny beads onto the ends of thin gauge wire.
Step 5: Cut wings from white felt and secure to the back of your Love Bugs with glue. I cut my wings together in one piece, however, if you prefer, you can cut each wing separately. Teardrop shapes cut from felt make nice wings.
Step 6: To create tiny placards for the dolls to hold, type words & messages, print them on lightweight cardstock and then use a pinking shears to clip around each word. If you don’t want to type the words, you could write them on your paper and then cut them out with regular scissors or pinking shears.
Step 7: Attach a toothpick to the back of your placard with a bit of scotch tape/sellotape.
Step 8: As a final touch, you can use a paint brush to apply a bit of glue around the edge of each placard and add glitter for a bit of extra sparkle.
It would be fun to try different color combinations or make up your own original messages for the little dolls to carry on their placards…
I hope you have fun as you prepare for Valentine’s Day!
Thank you so much to Margaret for this sweet Valentine peg doll tutorial!
I love photo ornaments and this felt Polaroid idea is adorable! I think I will give it a try for a few new photos I need to add to the tree this year. Find the instructions for felt Polaroid Christmas ornaments at Katie Cupcake.
This lovely new book is authored by Sarah Olmsted, one of the owners of Imagine Childhood - an online children's store filled to the brim with quality toys and
tools for great adventures. If you're not already familiar with the
store then you should treat yourself and visit soon!
With the same sense of childhood magic that fills Imagine Childhood the store, Sarah invites the reader into the natural wonders of children's play and imagination set against a background of the great outdoors. Along with 25 craft projects, Sarah shares ideas that a caregiver can use to instill in children a love for nature and learn from it as well. The projects cover a wide variety of ideas from mud construction to magic wands, from animation to navigation.
This book is as much a guide to the potential of your child's imagination and how to nurture it, as it is a craft book. The author's reflections on her childhood, along with others, will remind you of your own childhood and serve as great stories to share with, and inspire, your children.
Maple Leaf House Tutorial
Please click here to download a pdf excerpt from Imagine Childhood - instructions on how to make this sweet Maple Leaf House from felt!
To enter this giveaway for a copy of Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play, please leave a comment on this post by midnight P.S.T on Saturday, November 10th. The three winners will be contacted by email and announced here on Monday, November 12th.
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