I think peg dolls are so cute! I have come across several examples of super cute ones lately, and here is one of my favorites: peg doll necklaces! Grace Violet modified peg doll blanks to add a screw eye to them to make them wearable for her daughter.  [click here to see Grace Violet’s necklace tutorial]

The best part about peg dolls is that you can paint them to reflect your own interests. For example, I recently saw some Little House on the Prairie peg dolls–love ’em! I’ve also seen adorable superhero peg dolls. You can also paint a peg doll family that resembles your own, or make a peg wedding cake topper.

You can get flat peg blanks like the ones used in the necklace at the craft store in the unfinished wood aisle. They should run you about two for a dollar. Or, you can get old fashioned clothespins in a bag for a dollar at your dollar store. You can either saw off the “leg” part of the clothespins and sand them, or get round disc-shaped bases to set them in (find the bases at the craft store).

Project Estimate:

  • Wooden pegs, $1
  • Acrylic craft paint, on hand or $.33 each
  • Screw eyes, $1
  • Ribbon, on hand or $1
  • Clear gloss spray, on hand (optional)

Total: $2 and up