Snowed in and rainy day DIY peg people.

Christmas Peg Doll CU

This is a little project my kids and I did one time up at the little red house years ago. I packed up a bag of little wooden peg people, some yarn, fabric, and paints. Knowing there was a storm headed our way that weekend I figure we could paint away while the world outside was thrashing and pounding about.

DSC_3548.JPGSupplies needed;

Wooden peg dolls

Assorted paints.


Toothpicks for tiny paint details

Google eyes (for those of us that are a little intimidated with painting eyes.)

Glue (I used tacky glue)

Yarn for hair

Fabric scraps

Mod Podge (optional, since adding a little water to regular glue works too)


Step one- paint your dolls. I added a base coat first then painted in the details. I think just keeping it the natural wood color and only painting in the face would also look nice.


Step 2- after your paint has dried (may have to add several coats) start cutting out bits of fabric to add a little something extra to their outfits. You can also glue on buttons and gems or whatever you like. Little dried flower arrangements and flower wreaths on their heads would also look really pretty.


Step 3- You can either paint arms on the sides or add little felt arms. I didn’t add arms. Their hair was pretty long so I just kept the arms off.


Step 4- If you have clay, make little pets for your peg people.


When we did this project years ago that storm did not make it in until the following day. We had finished these little dolls the night before. The next morning we went out exploring in the woods, it was peaceful and quiet, there were no clouds in the sky…nothing. There was even a little deer we ran into at one point and my husband took a photo of it just as it got our scent and took off.


We stopped off at our neighbors and friends place, an old cowboy Saloon later that afternoon and that is when the clouds came in, then the snow started falling. It snowed and snowed and snowed. We will never forget our first snowstorm up in Arizona’s High country, what an adventure that was. My husband never wants to be around ice again. I have huge respect now for anyone dealing with an ice and snow environment…we all got to walk a little in your snowshoes that day, anyway have fun making these little dolls during those stuck inside rainy day and snowed in moments, and please stay safe and warm inside.



Special note: Pretend play is so important for all children, no matter what level they are at. It helps with social skills and language development. Make peg people that represent member’s in your child’s life, it helps them remember names and the special people in their lives. I have always enjoyed making simple handmade toys for my kids when they were little. I am a big believer in encouraging imagination and using as much as possible as we can with supplies we have on hand, plus I always hated battery powered anything. It was always just funnier to me seeing what games and creations we could come up with as family. Happy crafting.


30 Comments Add yours

  1. craftownecottage says:

    Love this!!!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you get a chance to make some little peg doll creations. We always have sun here in Phoenix but when it rains it is so nice to just pull out that box of craft supplies and create away.

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  2. These are adorable, and what memories y’all created together. I’m with your husband on the ice, it’s not my favourite either hahaha. How amazing when we stumble onto one of God’s amazing creatures, like your deer :):):) Once again, great craft ideas. Thank you for taking the time to share them with us 🙂


    1. Thank you, I do love hearing from you, it makes my day. The photo of the deer is actually an elk. I wrote down the wrong photo and my daughter just posted for me and we both laughed later when we saw the elk. The actual deer we ran into was so sweet peeking out of the trees. I think it is on my main page for wordpress, still figuring it all out. I do love God’s creatures and it is so special when they trust us enough to come out and say hello in their own special ways.

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      1. That is so sweet of you to say :):):) That has made my day :):) I couldn’t tell if it was a elk or a deer, it’s just pretty to me hahaha but I love your honesty!!!! It shows great character :):) I’ve been “blogging” (if that’s what I do can be called hahaha) for almost a year now, and I am still figuring it out, so you’re doing better than me :):)


      2. Thank you, I need to find that deer picture though, it is one of my favorite photos my husband took. I love to share that photo.

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      3. If you are like me, either hubby or the kids will know where it is quicker ;);)


      4. We have thousands of photos. My husband is a professional photographer, I just love taking photos and my kids also have that gene from both their parents. We are not organized with our photos. It is on our list of things to get a handle on but for now I am the only one brave enough to go into the files spending hours at a time looking for before shots and photos. It is such a mess.

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      5. But on the other hand if they were organized,it would take the fun out of looking through them all 😉


      6. So true. all those memories. I hope my kids have fun looking through them in their old adult ages.

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  3. This idea is so cute! I did a couple of peg angels for Christmas and that was as far as I got lol

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    1. Thank you, I bet your little Christmas angels were adorable. I didn’t realize how big peg people were until I saw some online, they are so cute. My daughter wants to do Star Wars peg people.

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      1. Sounds like something my boy would love also!

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  4. Just love your ideas, colors and creativity…..just looking at them warms me up and puts a smile on my face 🙂 So, now you have the snow and we’re sitting here at +10 with a lot of rain 🙂 ! Thanks for you lovely post……always look forward to reading them 🙂

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    1. That is so sweet, I love sharing those ideas. The peg people project was from years ago, I had to go into old photos and post something from my past because the Flu hit us again, although I think it was a cold the last time, anyway this Flu is no fun so keep washing your hands a ton and stay away from school kids and crowds. It did snow some up north but we didn’t get a chance to go up because of our unwanted houseguest at the moment…the FLU. I have another story from my past to post later about a little snowstorm once that hit us up at the little red house. My daughter was posting the peg people post the other day and came to me and asked why was I posting something from years ago and I said ” I’m busy entertaining our guest the Flu at the moment” we laughed about that. My daughter is my editor, otherwise some of my post would be all over the place.

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  5. 3C Style says:

    This DIY is adorable. What I really like though are the souvenirs relate to the fun time you had with your kids. Precious time that has no price. Thanks for sharing. -Dominique

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    1. Your welcome, and you are right, memories are the best thing of all.

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  6. Crafty minds glued hands. Ill surely try them out!!

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    1. Check out some of the styles online, peg people are everywhere and there are some really talented people out there, so it is fun seeing what others come up with. After you finish making them put them in a glass shadow box and hang them on the wall. I always thought it would be funny to have a peg people family portrait in place of an actual photograph.

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      1. Ya a good idea though. Will be sure to do it!!


    1. Thank you, it was fun and I got to donate a lot of extra items to other people to create with. Now I just need to work on fixing up our guest room, we might have family visiting in the Spring.

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      1. Sounds like you are a nester. Like me. I love nesting 🙂

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      2. I do too, I am such a homebody.


  7. atkokosplace says:

    The yarn hair! Sooooo cute! It really makes the personality pop! I love it!

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    1. Thank you, I just had to add some hair. Most wooden peg dolls just have painted hair, thought I switch things up a bit.

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      1. atkokosplace says:

        Super clever. It takes them to another level of adorableness! 😉

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