So you asked for it, and you got it- a printable nativity peg doll set! (I was totally worn down by your requests on this one you guys) 😉 All you have to do is paint the heads, then you Modge Podge the rest. And btw, Mod Podging isn’t even an extra step, you have to do it to seal the peg dolls somehow anyway.
The download for all 10 nativity characters is just $8!
I recently got some feedback about my printable peg dolls from my sister-in-law. She’s not normally the crafting type, so it’s exactly the kind of feedback I like… the kind from someone who thinks she’s not a crafter (I say thinks because I believe that everyone is a crafter at heart.) What she said was that she really appreciated how it made it a lot easier for her to make really nice looking peg dolls in a reasonable amount of time, since she’s not a painter herself. So I really kept that in mind while painting these, adding lots of little details as I went. That way, you can have “fancy” peg dolls for an affordable price, too.
Printable Peg Doll Nativity Set Includes:
- 3 Wise Men
- 2 Angels
- 2 Shepherds
- Inn Keeper
*notice- Baby Jesus is not included. You just have to paint him yourself, but he’s pretty easy, so it’s ok. Trust me. 🙂
I was able to find a cute peg at my local craft store that was a little more “peanut” shaped for a fat little Baby Jesus. In any case, it’s easy to find small pegs at local stores, so you’ll only have to order the same big pegs my sets always work with. In fact, they come in bags of 10, and there are 10 big people in this set. 🙂 I also think that making a baby Jesus in a walnut shell would work well for this set.
Please go over to this post to read all about printable peg dolls! (Supplies needed, how it works, what comes in the download, and faq’s)
You don’t need to be an artist to paint the heads! I designed all the faces to be cute and expressive, yet easy to re-create. The download includes pictures of each head from the front, side, and back along with step by step directions for painting them. Best of all- all the faces can be draw on with a sharpie or a paint pen! *note- Mod Podge will not run sharpie marker* Some people paint very simple faces on their dolls, and that look has it’s own quaint charm. Here are some more beautiful peg dolls with simple faces. That also eliminates “expression” on the doll’s faces so your child’s imagination can take over, and they work for all parts of the story.
Holy Family peg dolls
The 3 Kings peg dolls (These are my favorites!)
You can find my post about how we made their camels here.
Christmas angel peg dolls
They come with wings that print with the download, or…
you can get creative and give them some fluffy wings!
Shepherd peg dolls
The Inn Keeper peg doll
Just like my other sets, the download comes with labels to go on the bottoms. These are color-coded by Liturgical season and have a common symbol so you can separate your different sets. This Christmas set has a baby Jesus on the bottom. <3
Extras that you can add to your peg nativity set:
A stable is a fun addition to this set! We got a wooden bird house from Michael’s, and my husband sawed it in half for us. If that’s an option for you, you end up with 2 stables for the price of 1. They actually stained and finished it, but painting would also be an option. We added a wooden craft star to ours with hot glue. Of course, this time of year, you can actually buy unfinished stables from craft stores as well.
Animals are another fun addition! My dad is a carpenter, so I drew some patters and he cut them out of wood for us. I would have ordered them in an etsy shop, but there was no one that made them big enough for the size of dolls we have. You can download the pattern for the camels and donkey here.
You can also make adorable yarn animals to go with your set. See how we made ours here.
Angel wings definitely make the angels more fun. Like you can see in the picture above, the angels do already come with wings in the download, but seriously, 3D wings take the angels to the next level. In the Easter set, I added wooden wings to the angels. For this set, I used a fluffy white boa to add “feathery” angel wings, and I’ll tell you, my girls are smitten! They are the most popular new characters that have joined the peg doll entourage here!
I just cut sections off of a fluffy boa (bought at a local craft store). I recommend that you cut the piece off outside and shake off all the extra fluff before bringing it back in.
I then hot glued a strip of white felt around the middle to give more of the impression of 2 separate wings. I hot glued the felt directly to the angel’s backs.
I also love how Drawn 2 B Creative used a wooden heart for her angel wings, and actually painted them to look like feathers. Very cute. 🙂
Caught red-handed… or red flowered that is… 😉
I did borrow some of my previous peg doll designs for this nativity set, and I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I mean the second I gave this set to my kids, Violet ran and dug these other peg dolls out of the basket! A true testament to how often they play with these (which I’m telling you, is daily). I get credit for turning the flowers from Easter lilies to poinsettias though, right? 😉 (which was Lydia’s idea, btw) Also, I added some Christmas holly to her hair, so clearly, she’s a Christmas angel.
So what I wasn’t expecting, but was awesome… When I finished this set and turned them over to my kids, they were excited like I came home with a new toy set from Toys R Us that went with their favorite toys! It was like Christmas morning! They played with the peg dolls for the rest of the day… and the next day! I love how much my kids love these. <3
This download costs just $8, which turns out to be less than .70 cents per peg person.