How to Make a Ballerina Peg Doll

how to make a ballerina peg doll

Yesterday on the blog I put up a simple tutorial on how to make a no sew tutu. I thought it would be fun to make a matching ballerina peg doll.

What to use the peg doll for

Birthday Party craft

Birthday Party Favour

Home craft

Christmas (make it an angel by making the tutu white and adding some wings)

What you need

Wooden peg (you can get these from craft stores)

Stocking, wool, elastic, hair band or string (for the pirouette arms)

Tulle (scraps will do)


Fine point permanent marker

Paint or permanent markers

Drill — size 4 (optional)



What to do

1. Cut strips of tulle about 1 cm by 9 cm (or adjust to the desired lengh of the skirt). Don’t worry too much about getting it perfect because it’s easy to adjust the length of the skirt with scissors once it’s complete.

2. Tie a piece of elastic  tight around the peg doll waist.  Thread pieces of tulle under the elastic and tie in a knot so both ends hang evenly. There’s a detailed tutorial on how best to tie on the material in this post. Continue until the skirt is complete.

how to make a peg doll: tie elastic around waist and tie on tulle

3. Remove skirt from peg (keep it for later) and decorate the peg with a permanent marker pen (or paint). I prefer to use paint pens or permanent markers so I don’t need to wait for paint to dry.

ballerina peg doll: decorating the doll

4. Draw  face and hair on the peg. Put a bit of personality in the face. For the hair bow, tie a small piece of tulle in a knot and trim the sides to get the right size for the bow. Attach to the doll’s head with craft glue.

ballerina peg doll: drawing on the face, hair and bow

5. You may leave the doll as it is now or if you are happy to drill out, you can put pirouette arms in.

{drill the arm hole}

ballerina peg doll: drill arm hole

6. Cut a hair band (or use old stockings, wool, string or elastic) for the arms. Cut to size and feed through the hole. You may need to small sharp object to push it through the arm hole.

{thread the arms through hole}

ballerina peg doll: putting the arms in

7. Put the skirt back on and you’re done! Here are things you can use the peg ballerina doll for:

  • Play with the doll
  • Use to decorate a bedroom
  • Give as a gift
  • Give as a birthday party bag favour
  • Use as a birthday party activity (you will need to prep the pegs by drilling the hole and threading through the arms (the two most difficult parts). For very young children, I would make the skirt too and allow them to decorate the peg with felt pens before putting the skirt on.

ballerina peg doll: play with the doll or decorate a bedroom

Why don’t you make the no-sew tutu as well!

Other Links

How to make fairy wings

A Fairy’s Home or a Pirate Trap

How to make a no sew tutu

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  • Reply
    Kellie @ Three Li'l Princesses
    August 4, 2011 at 11:22 am

    This looks like heaps of fun, Kell. Princess Ella is eyeing it off right now! Looks like we’ll be making one too. 🙂

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    Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots
    August 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Aww how adorable!!! Wish my girls were big enough for me to make these for them. I just love peg dolls. Do you have any peg doll ideas for boys? 🙂

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    August 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Your ideas blow me away!!! Seriously. Will try the tutu too!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Glad u like them. I’m actually not all that clever (or patient) when it comes to craft so Im always looking for easy (and lazy) ways of getting great results. LOL

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    Christie-Childhood 101
    August 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    We have fairy peg dolls that we made over a year ago who are still part of our regular play things 😉

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      August 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

      If you have the link Christie, sent it to me and I’ll put a link in my post. I’d love to see it. We are going to make some more!!

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    August 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    This and the tutu look like lots of fun – and not too hard. My girls will love these ideas – thanks 🙂

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    August 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    This transported me instantly back to my childhood where one of my favourite activities was making dolls. And dollhouses from shoeboxes with matchbox furniture!

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    August 5, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This is such a cute idea, looking forward to having a go with my three amigos. I can see us making a whole family of peg dolls!

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    Becky Jorgensen
    November 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I super love your ballerina peg doll! It’s simply adorable! Thanks for sharing! This tutorial was featured here: http://www.plushiepatterns.com/peg-dolls-cardboard-sea-creatures/

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