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 Tinker Bell peg doll 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)
- Green non-toxic acrylic paint
- Yellow non-toxic acrylic paint
- Light brown non-toxic acrylic paint
- Light blue non-toxic acrylic paint
- Light pink non-toxic acrylic paint
- White non-toxic acrylic paint
- Black non-toxic acrylic paint
- Non-toxic varnish (I used Duraclear Ultra Matte Varnish)
- With a pencil, lightly sketch Tinker Bell onto your blank peg doll.
- Begin painting your peg doll with the base layers first. I started with the green of her dress, the white of her wings and the yellow 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 green to signify her slippers.
- After the base layers have dried, paint a border of darker green on the edges of her dress. If you don’t have a darker shade of green, you can create some by adding a small amount of black paint to the original green and blending.
- Paint an accent of lighter green on the inner layer of the dark green border of her dress. If you don’t have a lighter shade of green, you can create some by adding a small amount of white paint to the original green and blending.
- The wings can stay matte white, or you can add a pearly white finish to give them a sheen. Once the wings have dried, border and accent them with light blue paint.
- Paint light brown accents on and around the hair.
- Once the hair has dried, paint a small light blue ribbon around Tinker Bell’s bun.
- 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! Tinker Bell is done and ready to be played with! Enjoy!