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!
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