Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY "Frozen" Peg Dolls

Posted by Devin
I don't have little girls, so Frozen hasn't had quite the reception in my home that it seems to have had in many others. We took our two youngest boys to see it and although they liked it, we do not have repeated requests to buy the DVD or hear "Let It Go" being belted out on a regular basis. However, I LOVED the movie and was super excited when Tara told me she is going to throw a Frozen birthday party for Neela. Woohoo! Let the girlish-fun begin!
For Neela's present, I decided I would make her a few peg dolls to go along with the theme of her party. I have made Star Wars, Harry Potter, Grinch, Jack Skellington, and Super Hero peg dolls; but this was my first time getting to make princesses. YAY!!!
For this project you will need: peg dolls, craft paints in various colors, paint brushes in various sizes, a sponge brush, a gold sharpie, a stylus painting tool, a pigment liner drawing and writing pen, and clear finish gloss (the only item not pictured here).
I was always taught that the first step to any tole painting project was to give everything a nice, even coat of white paint. This allows the other paints you use to stay true to color as you apply them and not be tinted by the wood tone underneath.

To Make Olaf: Let's start with the easiest, shall we?

Step 1 - Apply a second coat of white paint to one of your peg dolls and using a small paint brush, paint on the carrot nose with orange paint.

Step 2 - Using the stylus and black paint, add three large black buttons to his front. The top one should be slightly further apart than the other two. Also, I liked mine a bit misshapen, not perfectly circular.

Step 3 - Using the pigment liner pen, draw on all of the detailing including his face, his arms, dividing lines around his snowman segments, and outlining his nose. I used black paint and the stylus for the dots of his eyes.

To Make Anna: Anna was super fun to paint thanks to all of her detailing!

Step 1 - Using a peach or flesh-toned paint, paint a large enough area to cover her face. I painted a bit of chest area too but ended up covering this up so you only need to paint the face and a bit of the neck.

Step 2 - With blue paint (I used a color called Spa Blue by Americana Paint), paint a portion of the chest area and the front portion where her dress will show. Curve the bottom portion out on the sides so it has the look of a skirt or dress. I used a small brush for this.

Step 3 - Paint on her cape (I used Dusty Mauve). Make sure that you paint all the way around and up around her neck. Follow the lines for the front as I have shown. I used a small brush to paint the edges the way I wanted them and then filled in with a larger brush.

Step 4 - Using a small brush, paint on the bodice with black paint.

Step 5 - Paint on her hair. I used a Milk Chocolate paint mixed with a bit of Orange for her hair, but I wished I had gotten it orangier. If I was doing this again, I would use mostly orange with a touch of the brown. Use a small brush to paint on the double braids and the edges around her face and fill in with a larger brush. Then add the eyes using the stylus and black paint.

Step 6 - Add the detailing. First I used an Antique White and a small brush to paint on her white streak to her hair. Next, because her hair was blending in a bit too much with her cape color, I outlined her braids with the pigment liner pen to give them some definition. Then I used the stylus to add the details to her bodice. The colors were Kelly Green and Pink Parfait. Lastly, I used my gold sharpie to outline the top and bottom of her bodice.
To Make Elsa: I have to say, Elsa is my favorite and I think she will be most little girls' favorite as well.
Step 1 - Paint on the face area (again, with peach or flesh-toned paint) and all the way around the neck and shoulders.
Step 2 - Using a light blue paint (I used Baby Blue), paint on her cape as shown. Make sure you go all the way around the doll, just leaving the small portion in front white.
Step 3 - Using blue paint (again, I used Spa Blue), paint on the dress portion in the front as shown. I outlined it with a small brush and filled in with a larger brush.
Step 4 - Paint on her hair and eyes. For her hair, I used Antique White. I used a small brush to paint the braid, the wisps around her face, and outline the edges; and then filled in with a larger brush. Use black paint and the stylus to make the eyes.
Step 5 - Add shimmer to her cape and the bodice portion of her dress using a clear silver glitter paint. I used a paint called Sparkles: Silver Glitter by folkArt paint and it was perfect!
Step 6 - Using white paint, outline the bottom of her bodice (using a small paint brush) and add some snowflakes to her dress and hair. At first I didn't have the snowflakes and she looked a bit plain compared to Anna. We can't have that!!! The snowflakes were the perfect touch to finish her off. To make the snowflakes, use the stylus to make a simple dot in the center. Then add six dots around the center dot, dragging the stylus away from the center to create the spiked look to the snowflake edges.
When all of the peg dolls are finished being painted, spray on a few light coats of the clear finish gloss to give them a nice shine and help protect the paint. And that is it! Let's take a final look at each of the dolls so you can see different angles.
I am super excited to give these to Neela! I hope she loves them!

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At April 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM , Blogger Pamela Macdonald said...

Sharing, pinning, and trying! This is just way too good!! You're amazing! <3

At April 10, 2014 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Jenn Fuller said...

I love these! You are so talented! Pinned and shared also!

At April 10, 2014 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

Holy Cow! I am making these for my daughter's Easter basket! Great job on the tutorial! Pinning!

I would love for you to share your creativity at my party: Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am EST to show off your awesomeness!

~ Ashley

At April 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM , Anonymous Shana Sutton said...

These are amazing!!!! Are you selling them on Etsy?

At April 13, 2014 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Kimberly from 'bugaboo' said...

so cute! My kids would go crazy!

I'm hosting a series right now all about yarn projects. I'd love to have you link up anything you've made involving yarn/twine!
Yarn it All! Link Party on Bugaboo Blog


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