Make some gorgeous flower fairy wooden peg dolls using simple materials, for creative play times and imaginative storytelling! These Waldorf-inspired toys are so quick and easy to make and require no sewing, making them the perfect gift for children.
plain wooden peg doll figures (we sourced these via an ebay shop)
paint (we used block water colours)
strong glue or a glue gun (we used UHU)
buttons/ sequins/ paper stickers for embellishments (optional)
I started by painting the bodies of the dolls using ordinary block water-colour paints and water. The natural wood absorbed the colours really well and still looked bright and vibrant after drying. I chose to make them rainbow colours with an additional shade of pale pink (hugely popular in this house as you can imagine!)
Using small pieces of coloured felt, matching the bodies of the dolls, I cut them into semi-circular shapes with petal shaped edging. These then became the little flower cloaks, being simply wrapped around the bodies and attached with UHU glue along the edges and at the crossover.
To make the flower crowns I cut small rectangles of felt in matching colours to the cloaks, then cut 5 of the same petal shapes along it. I stuck the crown on the front of the fairy’s head, glue spread on the reverse side of the bottom edge. Where the two petals either side of the face reached the cloak, I folded them slightly upwards and forwards, and applied a little dot of extra glue to make them face forwards. We found some little sticky paper flowers in our craft stash that are meant for scrap-booking projects, and used them to add a little detail to the front of the cloaks. All finished and ready to give away or keep and play with!
T he girls have loved playing with the flower fairies and, combined with the totally gorgeous rainbow gnomes that we received from Pocket Treasures, they have now got a lovely little collection of woodland folk to make up imaginative stories with! (If you don’t have the time or materials to make your own I can highly recommend the gnomes and mini fairies from Victoria’s inspirational selection. Check them out!)
I love these soooo much!! My dolls from ebay are now ordered, thanks for another great idea:)
Sarah Haig says
Lovely dolls – I’m really puzzled why they don’t have faces.
These remind me of the Pontipines! Lovely idea
How adorable! Thanks for sharing.
I love these, they’re adorable!
I love this idea. Two of my son’s friends are turning 4 soon, both girls who enjoy making things, so I plan to make up a little gift package with the plain dolls, paints, felt flower cloaks etc. It’ll be a dual-purpose pressie – hopefully an enjoyable afternoon making the dolls, and then lots of fun playing with them!
Jemma Fifield says
I just made these little fairies with my daughter. We’ve had the best day! Any tips on how to get the little petal crowns to stay in a pointing up position? Ours keep going flat.
Photos here, if you’d like to see how we got on! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151642814525491&set=a.10151069374025491.484011.669720490&type=1&theater
Thanks for the lovely ideas!
Rebecca at thisfineday says
Those are too adorably and simply sweet! I love the simplicity and colorfulness! Thanks for the post.
Can anyone post the link for where to get the plain dolls from?
I have found them on ebay Victoria
Thank you! Got some on order!
These are so adorable. I would love to make these for my daughter’s 5th birthday which is coming up. I am not very crafty so need some extra help please. Are these the same type of wooden pegs that you can get at craft shops like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s? And also, what is the block water colors paint that you used? And, the glue – “UHU” ~ sorry but can you give me more info on those items? I would love to keep everything as natural/non-toxic as possible. My daughter goes to a Waldorf school and these would just be perfect!! 🙂