Halloween Peg Dolls: Witch and Ghost

By Liska Myers

Peg dolls are wonderful toys! As simple as a bare peg looks, with a bit of painting or sewing, they can turn into charming companions for children. In our house, the peg dolls are inhabitants of castles, fairy houses, and wooden boats. They make a nice addition to sensory bins and storytelling baskets. So for Halloween we decided to add a peg doll witch and a peg doll ghost to our play.


- two unfinished peg dolls

- acrylic paints (black and white required; orange optional)

- fine tip black marker

- black felt

- orange yarn

- a bamboo skewer/dowel/stick

- Fabri-Tac glue

Tutorial1. Take two unfinished peg dolls.

2. Paint one of them white. That will be the ghost. The other will be the witch, and her body should be painted black. The face will be left natural wooden colour, and the hair can be painted orange. Orange is very witchy, right? If you do not have orange, you can put yarn for hair later. Do not put your brushes too far away, because we will do some more painting after these layers are dry.

3. For now, we will work on the hat. Take black felt and cut a shape like in the picture.

4. Fold it in half and sew the longer sides together. That will make a conical hat. Turn it right-side-out.

5. Cut a circle out of black felt. Put the conical hat in the middle and trace its circumference in the centre, then cut a hole in the circle. You will have a doughnut-shaped piece.

6. slide the doughnut-shaped piece over the tip of the cone, until it settles along the base of the cone, then glue them together.

7. The hat is ready. Add a black ribbon around it for additional decoration. You can glue the hat on the witch, but I thought it would be more fun for children to take it off and put it back on.

8. The black paint on the witch has sufficiently dried while the hat was being made. Take white paint and with a thin brush make stripes across the witch's dress. Or maybe you will prefer a polka-dot design?

9. Now, let's work on the witch's cloak. Cut the shape shown on the picture out of black felt.

10. Take a little bead and sew it onto the end of the witch's cloak, then wrap the cloak around her body and sew the ends together.

11. With a fine tip marker, draw the witch's face. Take some red yarn and glue it to her head with Fabri-Tac glue.

12. Take a bamboo skewer or any wooden dowel and cut it to make a handle for the witch's broom. Use straw or coarse threads for the broom's brush. Glue the fibres of the broom to the handle, then tie with a string.

13. Now that the witch is ready, we will finish making the ghost. Fortunately, all it needs is a couple of spooky eyes and a mouth, drawn with a marker.

Aren't they an extravagant couple? My son could not wait to play with them!

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Liska Myers is an author of the blog, Adventure in a Box, where she shares ideas on how to make wooden toys, set up a home puppet theatre, and choose the best children's books. Accompanied by her husband and son, she lives and adventures in Ontario, Canada.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

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