Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that delight her; I want to create lasting, meaningful toys for her that are made with love and will be loved! Wooden toys are classic and beautiful, when created and treated right, they can last a lifetime; so let’s make some!
It’s no secret that Cameron and I love Disney. Zoey’s middle name was inspired by one of my favorite Disney princesses, Belle, and that Belle in her name has also led to another Disney nickname, Tinker Bell. I cannot wait to create a whole set of peg dolls for her, but these two characters hold the most significance until she begins watching the classics on her own.
This week I’ll be sharing the steps I took to create a Belle peg doll in her blue peasant dress for Zoey.
- Blank peg doll (I used a “small angel” or “girl” shape/size)
- Small, flat & fine tip paint brushes
- Paint palette (or a tray for your paint)
- Blue non-toxic acrylic paint
- White non-toxic acrylic paint
- Light blue non-toxic acrylic paint
- Brown non-toxic acrylic paint
- Dark brown non-toxic acrylic paint
- Black non-toxic acrylic paint
- Non-toxic varnish (I used Duraclear Ultra Matte Varnish)
- With a pencil, lightly sketch Belle onto your blank peg doll. Belle wears a dress over a white blouse, I gave her sleeves so more of the blouse can be seen.
- Begin painting your peg doll with the base layers first. I started with the blue of her dress and hair bow, the white of her blouse and apron, and the brown of her hair. Allow this paint to dry before moving on to avoid smudging, then apply a few more layers of each until you’re happy with the colors and textures.
- Paint the very bottom and edges of the peg doll black to signify her shoes.
- After the base layers have dried, paint a border of light blue on the edges of her apron, shirt and hair bow. If you don’t have a lighter shade of blue, you can create some by adding a small amount of white paint to the original blue and blending.
- Paint dark brown accents on and around the hair, don’t forget her ponytail in the back!
- Taking something small and round (I used the opposite end of one of my smaller paint brushes) dip it in black paint and dot the two eyes. Using the finest tipped paintbrush you can find, give her an eyelash or two on each eye.
- Once the eye paint has dried, add a highlight dot to each eye with a fine tipped paintbrush and white paint.
- Using the same method as the eyes, dip the opposite end of a slightly larger paintbrush into light pink paint and dot the blush under each eye.
- With a little white paint, give her a few sparkles of pixie dust on the hem of her dress or wherever else you feel it will look right!
- Allow for all paint to completely dry, then apply a varnish and allow it to dry. You can apply as many coats as you want for the finish you want, just allow them to dry in between applications and before handing her over to your child.
- Voilà! Belle is done and ready to be played with! Enjoy!