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…
Dr Who (all 11 forms of the Doctor)
Star Wars (they even got Han Solo in carbonite)
Math Gnomes (remind me to make a set of these for LittleMan)
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.
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.
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!
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.by