Thes gnome peg dolls are simple and easy to do. They’re an adorable addition to any pretend play or imaginative play busy bag or box.
Gnome Peg Dolls
Here are Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love DIY gnomes. These sweet woodland gnomes make a great playset for little hands.
When my daughter suggested this craft, I set it up for her moments later. I love the versatility of wooden peg dolls because with just a bit of paint and felt, you can turn a plain peg into so many things.
If you want your own set of handmade gnome dolls, let’s get started.
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Tips for Making Montessori Gnomes
- Using a smaller paintbrush will help you get finer details for your gnome, but for young kids, a paint pen might be best.
- Urge the kids to make each one unique and give them funny faces. My daughter even made one with an angry face!
- Scraps of felt or fabric are perfect for kid crafts like these peg dolls. Be sure to let them have the run of the scrap bin.
How to Make Gnome Peg Dolls
These simple directions will make it super simple to follow along. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.
- Wooden peg dolls
- Craft paint
- Craft felt and flannel
- Optional- wood disk or large wood slice for a play base.
- Small paint brushes
- Hot glue gun
- Paint the main body color (the clothes). This will help you add the details neater and much easier. We used a few simple colors for ours.
- You can paint the head if you like but since most of it was covered and the wood was a nice flesh color I left it as is.
- Once your base paint has dried you can add details to the clothing like polka dots, stripes, aprons, etc. Use the small end of a paintbrush to paint details. For buttons, polka dots, and even suspenders, we used the end of the brush dipped just lightly in paint and “drew” them on rather than brushed.
- When all the paint is dry use your wooden peg as a reference to cut white felt into a beard shape of the right size and for their hats. Secure beard in place with hot glue.
- Cut your hat fabric into a triangle and slightly round each corner. Roll fabric into a cone shape and hot glue securely. Run a bead of hot glue all around the inside of the hat and slip over the head. Mix and match paint colors for clothes and fabrics to give each a unique personality.
- Paint one side of the wooden disk/wood slice with green and blue for grass and water, let dry. Flip it over and paint white for snow. This rounds out your little play set and gives the gnomes a fun place to hang out.
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