I have decided to try my hand at making calendar peg dolls. The internet is full of beautiful images of Waldorf inspired wooden peg dolls that look like they’re from a fairy tale land. So naturally I am intrigued. My plan is to start with the days of the week and then add the months of the year, seasons and eventually weather.
I’ve been trying to keep this a secret from Songbird but apparently I am really bad at hiding things and she’s getting taller. One of the Thursday dolls that I messed up on was on the counter way in the back and she saw it, which filled her with questions.
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These are the set of unfinished dolls I used. The medium size was smaller than I expected but they will work for the days of the week. My plan is to make each consecutive set of dolls bigger than the next. This way when grouped together, they stand out and add visual interest. For example the day is Monday and that’s the smallest doll, the month is January and that one is bigger and the season is winter and that one is the largest of all. I plan to represent the date with a set of numbered river rocks rocks I made. This way we will have an interactive perpetual calendar!
At first I tried to just feel what color Monday should be but I didn’t want to inflict it with all the complicated grown-up associations. So instead, I decided to do rainbow colors which is perfect since there are seven colors in the rainbow and seven days of the week!
My paint was nothing fancy I simply used a set of regular crayola watercolors and drew faces with a fine felt tip pen.
I really like the look of the dolls without faces, but I know my daughter. She would think something was missing and would probably draw faces on them herself. So to avoid that conflict I decided to give them very sweet and simple faces. Some of them look happy, some look amused, some look thoughtful and some look crazy.
Well, I must have been distracted because, for some reason I could not get Thursday right. In my head I would say T-H-U-R-S-D-A-Y but my hand would spell Thusday. When I did spell it right I made the stem of the “h” to tall and it intersected with the top of the capital “T”.
I then cutout little triangles of felt to make head scarves for the girls. It was very simple and needs no pattern. Just cut a small triangle out of the felt and see it if it fits. If it’s too big trim it down.
Add a dab of hot glue to the dolls head and lay the felt triangle over it. You have a little bit of wiggle room to get it just right. But if it dries and you don’t like it, you can carefully pull the glue off the wood.
Press down the front two points of the triangle so that they are on the dolls neck and shoulders, glue those down too with a dab of hot glue.
The back part will be sticking out, so add a little bit of glue to the back of their head and press that down as well. Voila, now you have sweet folk tale peg doll girls.
For the boys I carefully painted their heads to look like they had hair. For the hair parts I just left a line unpainted. There is seriously something weird going on with Thursday and I think Saturday looks slightly insane.
But all together I think they turned out great in that quirky handmade way. My daughter has already started playing with them and they are the new favorite toy!