How to Make Painted wooden Santa Christmas Peg Dolls

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Over the years I have collected many vintage Christmas ornaments. My favorite are for sure the small wooden Scandinavian peg doll ornaments. Most that I have found were made in Denmark and Sweden around the 1960s. They have such a happy and cheerful look about them, I just can’t resist their charm.

Unfortunately, these vintage holiday decorations are getting harder and harder to find. So when I recently came across a bag of blank wooden peg dolls, I knew it.

We’re making Scandinavian vintage inspired Santa Claus Gnome Christmas decorations!

Group of painted Christmas peggdolls, bottle brush trees in the background. Text on image Make your own DIY painted wooden Christmas pegg dolls.

These handmade Christmas decorations are great heirlooms to use year after year and pass on down the road.

They also make great little Christmas gifts. The bottom of the wood slice is perfect to write a short holiday note on!

Work in progress. Adding details to your handmade Santa gnome peg dolls. thatcraftsite.com

DIY Wooden Peg doll Santa Christmas Ornaments

Yield: Christmas Peg Dolls
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These are the cutest handmade Christmas crafts! Let's find out how to make these handpainted wooden gnome holiday peg dolls. thatcraftsite.com

Tools

Instructions

    1. Start by lightly sketching the faces and bodies on the peg dolls in pencil before going in with paint. This way you can easily adjust positioning and proportions as needed.

      Work in progress, half painted wooden Christmas pegg dolls. thatcraftsite.com
    2. Next, paint the bodies. Let dry.
    3. Details: When the bodies have dried, draw on arms, belts, and mouths with an ultra-fine Sharpie marker.
      Next, paint on the eyes and noses. Use the dotting tool to make perfect small dots for the eyes and noses.
      Put a small dot of soft pink paint on the cheeks. Use your finger or a cotton swap to blend it out.

      Step by step painting of wooden Christmas peg dolls. thatcraftsite.com
    4. When all is done and dried, varnish with a layer of Mod Podge sealer to add durability to your creations. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step.
    5. Dress Up: Cut triangles from the red felt to make the hats. Make sure the bottom part of the triangle is wide enough to go around the head and still have a little overlap. Fold in half and hot glue the sides to form the hat. Hot glue around the inside of the hat and place it slightly slanted on the head.

      Step by stept instructions how to make wooden peg doll Christmas gnomes. Addind the hats. thatcraftsite.com
    6. Cut out a small piece of white felt for Misses Claus’ apron. Hot glue it on her belly.
    7. For Santa’s beard, take a very small piece of a cotton ball. Flatten and pull it into a small beard shape. Carefully hot glue it on Santa’s chin.

      Work in progress. Adding details to your handmade Santa gnome peg dolls. thatcraftsite.com
    8. Finishing Up: Hot glue Mr. and Mrs. Claus together on a wood slice. You can leave them like this if you want to display them around the house.

      Finished! How to make your own Christmas peg dolls. thatcraftsite.com
      If you want to turn these into hanging ornaments for the Christmas tree, thread a piece of baker’s twine through the tip of the hats, and they are ready to hang!

If you love the look, but won’t be making this yourself for whatever reason, you can try to find the original vintage figurines that are similar in style. Start on Etsy, you might be lucky and find some good vintage Christmas peg dolls.

If you enjoyed this project, you might also like the tutorials on how to make cute pine cone elves, pom pom Christmas wreath, or the paper Christmas reindeer. More easy holiday crafts to do!

Group of painted Christmas peggdolls, bottle brush trees in the background. Text on image Make your own DIY painted wooden Christmas pegg dolls.

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