his and hers wooden peg dolls

I assume you've all seen the adorable wooden doll projects at Lil Blue Boo?  (They are plastered all over pinterest.)

Back in November, Ashley posted her Box o' Princesses and Boyville projects, and they have been on my mind ever since.  Luckily my mom also wanted to make them, so we each painted a couple of sets while she visited.  I know I wouldn't have gotten around to making them without her motivation, so thanks, mom!


First up, the boys:
I expanded the boy's set a bit to include a few more characters.  If Ruby received eight dolls and Oscar only received four, he would not be pleased.   Even with equal sets, I am still anticipating a lot of stealing between them.

My favorite boy dolls are Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader (although Buzz and Woody are a very close second).   Oscar is borderline obsessed with Star Wars.  He's only seen Episode One (which pains Jared to watch), but he thinks anything Star Wars is just the greatest.

I sanded down toothpicks and painted them as light sabers.  They are super-glued to the dolls for safety, so hopefully Oscar isn't disappointed that they aren't functional.

On to the girls:
This set is the same group of princesses that Ashley made, but I tried to add my own flare to each of them.  My kids are young, so to avoid a choking hazard, I purchased bigger wood people (they are all 3 1/2 inches tall).  The larger sized dolls made it easier to add a few extra details.

My favorite ladies are Ariel, Tiana and Cinderella.  I used Martha Stewart glitter paint in silver to add sparkly scales to Ariel's fin.   Cinderella's dress was painted with Martha Stewart pearl finish paint in "aquarium" - it turned out so perfectly shimmery (I just love the MS line of craft paints!).  I didn't use any special paints for Tiana, but she sure has a fun dress.

I'm not going to lie, these dolls took a bit of time to paint.  It's not an easy project to churn out in one night!  But I sure am excited for Oscar and Ruby to open them on Christmas day.  Hopefully they will enjoy playing with them.  If so, it will give me an excuse to make more.  I'd love to add a doctor, fireman, ballerina ... peg people are fun!

Have you made any homemade gifts for Christmas this year?  I know it is only a week away, but I still have four projects on my list.  Yikes.

wood source:  I ordered my 3 1/2 inch peg people from Casey's Wood, and have always had a good experience with their products.  However, Ashley linked to a different shop, Woodworks Ltd., and they have slightly lower prices - I can't speak for the quality.

50 comments:

Emily said...

So darling! Wish I could paint/make faces. :)

Sweat Style said...

Omg, are you kidding me, those are adorable. My daughter would die if she saw that Ariel. She is obsessed with her. I need to make some or better yet, you should sell them! :) Thanks for sharing.

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

these are so adorable! I love the Star Wars ones almost more than the princesses....lol!

Lettie said...

I made some of these for my boys last year (Mario characters and some Marvel super heroes) They can't get enough of them. I also used Casey's Wood to order mine and I felt they were priced well (though better to buy with a friend a get in bulk so you save on shipping!) and they got to me fast. Yours are adorable and I love the touch of glitter on Ariel's tail.
(and to the commenter Emily - using the ball end of a pin helps! I'm not super good wither, but my kids don't care and that's who they are for)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Those peg people are so cute! (And so is your new baby!!!!)

kristin said...

these are SO adorable! really nice work.

Kristy said...

I have a bag full of pegs, just waiting for me to find the time to paint them for my little guy for Christmas. Buzz and Woody turned out great!

eidolons said...

I made five Marvel super hero pegs for my two older boys for Solstice this year. Er. Is Batman Marvel? Whatever, I made them some super heros. I considered the Star Wars ones, but my oldest is hard-core obsessed and really doesn't need any more encouragement! (:

Heather said...

These are great!! My son recognized woody and buzz right away while I was reading the post! Perhaps for his birthday. . .

Susan said...

These are soooo adorable!

Bonnie said...

Woody and Buzz are to die for--so fun!

@lliE said...

So cute! I am totally planning on making these-- NEXT Year-- I'm outta time.

And to answer your question-- YES, I've been trying to turn out the homemade projects and am quickly running out of time. Yikes!

I've got 2 projects left to go.

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Mindy said...

These are adorable! I think my mom and I will have to make some of these for my little girls. They love little people that they can carry around, so this looks perfect!

mylittlegems said...

I saw these YEARS ago. A friend of mine made some and posted them on her website. They have been on my list for years. :) I plan to make them this year and love your cute ones! They are so cute!- hope you are well :)

mylittlegems said...

here is the original place I saw them from 2008- just fyi
http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.com/2008/11/handmade-gift-superhero-peg-people.html

I love that you made Woody and Buzz!! :) Hope I have enough time to do it this year!

Caren said...

I made a super simple set for my kids and they LOVE them. The 5 year old will fight for them! But you're right, they did take a LONG time - lots of drying time, lots of paint layers.... Great job!

Jamie said...

Yours are so cute! I just finished mine last night and they are nowhere near as cute ;) I love the buzz, woody and star wars!

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Audrey @ DefrumpMe said...

I've already made a set of the same princesses for my nieces, and I'm currently making a set of superheroes (plus a couple extra other characters) for my boys and my nephews. They are so time consuming but so much fun to make! Yours are ADORABLE!!! I love how they turned out! Great job. :) I'll probably post about mine in a few days...

Blovelies said...

You are so talented! Love it!

KellyS said...

Great job! I think I am going to rope my hubby into this next year for Christmas for my boys. He is good at painting, and I am going to try and start making one handmade thing from each parent.

Jodi@ underthegeorgiasun.com said...

oh my word... how flippin' cute are these!!!

my hubby would LOVE the star wars dolls. :o)

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

My husband is a stormtrooper, so I guarantee our son will be a Star Wars fan. I'm going to have to do this!

I made Martha Stewart's clothespin ornaments a few years ago. My husband was so impressed that he asked me to make some Star Wars ones. I made Leia and Han Solo.

Brielle Lee said...

Love these!! I want to make me some!

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americanfeltandcraft said...

AWESOME these would be incredible to add to the wooden blocks we are getting our youngest this year. On the to do list for sure. You're always an inspiration!

Kids T Shirts said...

I love doing crafts,sewing and making designs. It is a lot of fun. I have seen your crafts and it is all so cute. I hope I can do it too.

dana said...

awesome! Love it! and Owen would love Star Wars dolls too...

Mallory said...

These are so cute! I love handmade gifts of course, and these are a beautiful example of that, I think the kids will love them!

Natalie said...

These are sooo fantastic!! I love the boy ones! (Pinned them. :) I saw them on LBB, wanted to make them then, and now want to make them even more!

Susie B said...

I made some of these this year too! Just the princess and then with the matching prince. I also did a fairy god mother and one evil queen. My daughter LOVES them. Mine don't look as nice as yours. I used cheap paint but I still think they turned out great!

Here is a link to mine
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sboeckmann/6585158407/

I don't have a blog.

Kia said...

I just painted some peg girls (with an addition of fiona) for my nieces and they were a big hit. I love the bigger peg people! I'll have to get some so I can make them for my little girl, she is only one so the bigger size will be great! Thanks for sharing the link for the bigger peg people!

scoque said...

Those are so cute! What do you use them for, just decoration?

Andrea said...

WOW! Nice job! Lucky little kiddos to be getting such an awesome present! You've got painting skillz!

Is there any worry with little ones putting them in their mouth? Did you do a top coat of any kind?

homemade by jill said...

I don't worry about these dolls as a choking hazard because I bought such a large size peg. The smaller peg people could be worrisome for small children.

I topped my dolls with two coats of polyurethane varnish to protect the paint. You can find it in the same section as the regular craft paints at the craft store.

Bodacious Betsy said...

there is an all star wars craft book--just so you know. I am on my third starwars loving boy LOL!

sunshine said...

is there a template for the designs? loves!

Kisha Patterson-Tanski said...

These are about the most adorable thing I've seen. I wish i had the attention to detail to make a few myself.

Annie said...

Love, love, love these!! I am definitely going to try this! My little guy would love these. :)

Lisa Johnson said...

These are just the neatest idea. I saw your new addition and the turkey hat awesome!

Littlelou said...

im super in love with the first set as ive always been a tomboy at heart. Batman is my fave..although the Star Wars ones are the shizz too. Well done

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Hakuna Matata said...

I have a friend who makes his own "little people" and now has his 10 & 7 year old boys helping him. It's really fun and his boys LOVE it! Just thought I'd share...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFME93Vn9_M

Anonymous said...

What are tiana and cinderella's buns made from?
Please email me if you can: carltonmelanie@yahoo.com. Also did you use a sealer Over it all once it was painted?

Thanks so much!!

Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse said...

Super cute idea! I love how yours turned out!

J W Anderson said...

Wow this is absolutely adorable. I like so much this peg dolls. Its looks very nice and cool.

Flowers said...

These wooden peg people are such a fantastic idea and yours look so amazing!! Buzz, wooody and ariel are my favs! My children would LOVE these! Thanks for the inspiration now I just need to get motivated to give it a go myself!

Oh la la said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this great idea and inspiration! I made a few peg dolls and my 5 year old son loves them! I especially love Buzz, and I made a Darth Maul as well since he is the latest trend in my house. I live in Sweden, and couldn't find the "boyish" dolls you used, so my superheroes are quite chubby. :-)

I have posted a link to your post, and photos of my peg dolls here: http://createohlala.blogspot.se/2012/03/superhero-peg-dolls-or-superhero.html

Hank Hendrciks said...

The super hero ideas have made me laugh. Its job well done.

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katia said...

oh boy!!!
I love your peg dolls, i am going to do it for my son. What kind of paint did you use? Do you remember the brand?

Thank you!!

Rachael said...

Hi, I know you posted this, like, a year ago, but would it be possible (hopefully you already have them) to post pictures of the back of the dolls? I'm trying to make these for my niece, but am totally not creative myself, but really good at working from a picture. Any other pictures you have would be such a help!