60 Unique Peg Dolls to Inspire You, Plus My First Attempt at Making Peg Dolls

Happy Easter!

Every holiday my husband and I try to give each member of the family at least one homemade gift. One thing that says, “I love you enough to spend time and thought to give you something special.” In the past we’ve made stuffed animals, board books, I-spy games, magnetic travel games, clothes, blankets, bedroom decor, extra special sensory bins, etc.. and usually these gifts are a favorite of our children.

Well, this year for Easter I wanted to give my daughter some peg dolls. I bought a big bag from the craft supply shop and I already had plenty of paint on hand, but I was lacking inspiration. So I did what I always do. I googled for images to inspire me. And this was what I found…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Wizard of Oz

Spiderman and Venom


Nativity Scene

Alice in Wonderland

The Walking Dead

Ladybugs and Bumble Bees

Dr Who (all 11 forms of the Doctor)

Raggedy Ann and Andy



Cat in the Hat

DC Characters

The IT Crowd


Jungle Animals

Toy Story


Nightmare Before Christmas

Star Wars (they even got Han Solo in carbonite)


Math Gnomes (remind me to make a set of these for LittleMan)

Scooby Doo

Noah’s Ark

Days of the Week

Shaun of the Dead


Wayne’s World


Star Trek

Winnie the Pooh

Harry Potter

Nightmare on Elm Street


Big Bang Theory

Farm Animals

Back to the Future


Little House on the Prairie




Super Mario

Gone with the Wind


Brave’s Merida

Peter Pan

Mary Poppins


Golden Girls

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang

Sock Monkey


Forest Animals



Months of the Year

Lord of the Rings

With so many (really, I haven’t even linked half of them!) fantastic ideas out there, I was just overwhelmed. Instead of being inspired, I just froze up. I had no idea what to make!

Until last night, the night before Easter, when the peg dolls sat on my table still un-touched, and I realized if I wanted to make this work so last minute, I was going to have to think smaller. Simpler.
So at 5am on Easter morning, I got up before the rest of my family and I painted the most boring, the most common peg dolls I knew of.

Peg Doll Round-Up from Suzy Homeschooler (2)

Waldorf inspired rainbow peg dolls. Simple clothing. No facial expression, no gender identified. A truly open-ended toy for SunnyGirl.

While I had the rainbow paints out, I thought of the rainbow dress I’d made her for her birthday and how much she loved it, so I made a 7th doll with blonde hair and a rainbow dress just like her.

Peg Doll Round-Up from Suzy Homeschooler (3)

These peg dolls I made really don’t hold a candle to all of the lovely ideas that I’ve linked up at the start of this post. Still, SunnyGirl seems to *LOVE* them!

Peg Doll Round-Up from Suzy Homeschooler (1)

And now that I’ve gotten over the hump of making my first peg dolls, maybe the next one will be more adventurous.
In all my searching online I didn’t see Pippi Longstocking peg doll, maybe I’ll make one!

*Edited to add more links, original list was 50 but I just had to had some more.

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