DIY monarch butterfly peg dolls are super easy to make. These sweet little wooden toy dolls are perfect for pretend or imaginative play.
My daughter loves to fly her monarch butterfly peg dolls around the house and bring them out to the garden to pollinate the flowers. Too cute!
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DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls
DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Published May 29th, 2015 – Updated May 16th, 2017
These DIY monarch butterfly peg dolls are surprisingly easy to make. All you need is a few inexpensive materials and a free afternoon.
My 2.5-year-old daughter helped me paint the bodies, while I did the rest of the detailed work. An older child will be able to make these from start to finish on their own.
These little cuties add a lovely summer element to your home decor and are perfect for displaying on summer nature tables.
DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Materials:
- Peg dolls
- Orange monarch butterflies or multi-colored monarch butterflies
- Black pipe cleaners
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush(s)
- Incredible nib (optional)
- Craft glue or glue gun with glue sticks
DIY Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls: Tutorial
Step 1 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Body’s
- Tip: If you will have a young child assisting you like I did you will need to tape off the heads with painters tape. That way you can have them paint the bodies and you can paint the faces. Check out Elf Peg Doll Ornaments to see photos of this.
- Allow monarch butterfly peg dolls to dry.
Step 2 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Necks
- First I had my daughter paint all the bodies. Once they were dry I went back and painted the neck and head. I did this for two reasons:
- My 2.5-year-old daughter helped me paint the bodies.
- It makes it easier to hold the doll to do detail work with the neck, head, and face.
Step 3 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Dolls Heads
- Look at the head to determine which part you would like to be the face.
- Paint a line right in the middle of the head from neck to neck. Don’t worry about how messy it is. (a & b)
- Fill in back of the head. (c)
- Narrow the face and clean up your line to make it nice. (d)
Step 4 – Paint Monarch Butterfly Peg Doll Faces
I used a tool called the incredible nib to do the detail of the face. It’s a pen you can dip in paint. but you can use a regular paintbrush or paint pen if you prefer.
Step 5 – Make and Apply Antenna onto Each Monarch Butterfly Peg Doll
- Cut pipe cleaners in half. Use one-half for each peg doll.
- Overlap pipe cleaner so the circle is large enough to fit around the dolls head. (a)
- Tie once around. (b & c)
- Use the base of a paint brush to curl tips. (d)
- Place antenna on head. (e)
- Glue it in place. (optional)
Step 6 – Apply Wings
- Cut the wire off of each monarch butterfly.
- Cut the antenna off of each monarch butterfly.
- Place glue on the bottom of each butterfly.
- Attach monarch butterfly to peg doll.
- Lay on belly and allow to dry if not using a glue gun.
These monarch butterfly peg dolls add a lovely summer element to your home decor and are perfect for displaying on nature tables. They are also wonderful for pretend or imaginative play. My daughter loves to fly them around the house chatting away. Adorable!