Ok, as promised when I debuted the Printable Passion set for peg dolls, here is the Resurrection set counterpart! (And I now have a post about painting these little guys in 3 different styles- check it out here.)
Nativity sets are so popular at Christmas time (and for good reason), so I can’t figure out why the whole Resurrection Set thing at Easter hasn’t totally caught on yet. I think resurrection sets are awesome!
First, I want to share with you what reader Melissa said about my printable peg dolls:
I have to tell you, when I received the first Peg Doll post I thought to myself “They are so cute, but I am not an artist…there is no way I can do those”. But, after seeing the project for the second time, I decided to try it. I had so much fun and they were so easy! … Can’t wait to do this set.
I have to say, it’s true. Once I have them all painted and scanned, it’s unreal how fast and easy these go together! Even when you paint your own peg dolls, they still have to be sealed with Mod Podge anyway, so the only added step with these is printing and cutting.
For anyone unfamiliar with my printable peg dolls, here’s how it works.
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.
Characters Included In The Resurrection Set
I am a super big believer in waiting until Easter to start celebrating Easter, and keeping it going the entire Easter season. Did you know the Easter season lasts all the way until Pentecost Sunday? Well, it does. And so does this set of Easter peg dolls! 🙂 I tried to include everyone you need for all of the Stations of the Resurrection so kids can learn about all the things that Jesus did and said while he was appearing to his Apostles.
Pentecost Mary Peg Doll
I think “Pentecost Mary” as we’ve been calling her is possibly my favorite doll in this set! She is receiving the Holy Spirit on her head, and is surround by the Apostles! Mary surrounded by the Apostles with “tongues of fire” is very common imagery in art for Pentecost, so this one puts a big smile on my face. 🙂
Risen Jesus Peg Doll
Risen Jesus has all 5 of his wounds showing. He’s also surrounded by Easter lilies, a common symbol of the season.
Mary Magdalene Peg Doll
St. Mary Magdalene is holding her jar of spices she brought to the tomb, and also her red egg! She has really exaggerated hair because she needs it for when she washes Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. My girls absolutely love her hair- including Anabelle, who is only 2! Mary Magdalene is often depicted crying, and since you paint the heads of these peg dolls, that’s totally up to you. We went with smiling. 🙂
St. John The Apostle Peg Doll
It’s widely accepted that when the Bible refers to the “beloved disciple,” it’s referring to John. This peg doll is writing in a book with his feather pen, and the symbol of his Gospel, the eagle, sits at his feet. Remember when you paint his head that he is very young at Jesus’ crucifixion- probably just around 16!
St. Peter The Apostle Peg Doll
St. Peter is holding a fish because he was a fisherman, a key because Jesus gives him the keys of heaven, and there’s a rooster on the ground because he denies Jesus 3 times before the cock crows. St. Peter is also included in the Passion set, but we painted him with a happier face for the Resurrection set.
2 Easter Angel Peg Dolls
In several of the Gospels, it refers to the angels as young men, so I tried to paint them as such. They have wings already painted on their backs, but I added 3D wings by gluing on wooden butterflies from the wooden stuff aisle at Michael’s. These were just 30 cents each! I painted them gold and hot glued them right on. The girls love the addition of the wings!
St. Thomas The Apostle Peg Doll
St. Thomas was also a very young Apostle, so no bald head or white hair for him, either. I feel like St. Thomas gets a bad rep with his whole “doubting” thing, but he was a very devoted follower of Christ and a martyr. I wanted to put a positive spin on this peg doll, so I included his expression of great faith, “My Lord and my God” right on the doll. He also has a finger sticking out to feel the nail holes in Jesus’ hands.
2 Other Woman At The Tomb Peg Dolls
All 4 Gospels say something a little different about these ladies at the tomb in the morning. In the Gospel of Luke, it says the 3 women were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Joanna, so I ran with that.
Roman Soldier Peg Dolls
These little guys were also included in the Passion set, but again, I painted their faces differently for the Resurrection set. I also painted their helmets a little differently, being inspired by Monica. 🙂
So that makes 12 dolls total in the Resurrection set. HOWEVER. If you’re making both the Passion set and the Resurrection set, you actually only need 20 pegs (2 bags of 10) because St. Peter and The Roman Soldiers are repeats. Here’s the run down of all 20 people with the Passion set and Resurrection set combined:
- Last Supper Jesus
- Mary, Mother of Jesus
- Women of Jerusalem
- Crown of Thorns Jesus
- St. Veronica
- Pontius Pilate
- Roman Soldier 1 (St. Longinus)
- Roman Soldier 2
- Mary Magdalene
- Pentecost Mary
- Risen Jesus
- St. John the Apostle
- Mary, Mother of James
- Angel 1
- Angel 2
- St. Thomas the Apostle
- … And that actually leaves 1 extra peg! I suggest filling in with Divine Mercy Jesus since the second Sunday of Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday! In fact, I’m going to include a printable Divine Mercy peg doll for free in the pack! Celebrate Easter to the fullest, and spread it to your children! 🙂
Of course, you can always decide just to make the 5 main people, or any combination you like.
If you’re in the mood to go above and beyond, I did make labels for the bottoms of these pegs as well. These help keep the set together, and I really like having the Saint name and feast day easily accessible to the kids. The lily is the symbol to mean “Easter Set.”
Included In The Download
- All 12 Resurrection set characters plus Divine Mercy Jesus as a bonus peg!
- Directions on how to paint each head with photographs of each head from the front, side, and back. These are designed to be drawn with a sharpie for the non-artist!
- A printable Tomb background that just has to be cut out, and taped onto the front of a tissue box. Attach the rock to the tomb with a brad to allow it to swing open and closed!
This download costs just $8, which turns out to be less than .70 cents per peg person.
FAQ’s About My Printable Peg Dolls:
- Can I use these downloads with an ink jet printer? Won’t the Mod Podge smear the ink? In the directions in the download, it says that you’ll need to spray hair spray or a fixative on your paper before you Mod Podge it. Also, the less strokes and less “scrubbing” from the paint brush with the Mod Podge, the better. So once you have your initial layer on there and it dries, you’re good to go. A laser printer decoupages with no problems at all. This is in the directions in the actual download. If you’re having trouble keeping it from smearing, you can have them printed at Staples or another office store.
- Can I use it with a different size of peg? Yes, you can! Monica from Equipping Catholic Families already made a much smaller set, and gives great directions for how you can, too!
- Where do you get your pegs? I order exactly these pegs from this company. I buy them in bags of 10, which is cheaper than buying them separately. They ship same day if you order before 1, and next day on anything else. In the USA, your package arrives 1-5 days from the time it’s ordered. They have a chart with a map showing when your package will arrive.
- Won’t the decoupage peel? I got a Saint from a swap with something decoupaged, and it peeled right off. NO!!!! The decoupage doesn’t peel if it’s properly done, and I have good directions in the download to do it properly. It will hold up just as well as peg dolls that have been painted and sealed. In fact, we have some decoupaged peg dolls that my kids have played with for months, and the paint on the face chipped a bit, but the decoupaged paper held its ground.
- When will you come out with more? I tend to paint these spontaneously, so who knows? My husband says that I’m peg doll obsessed. I’m not going to argue with him. 😉
Be sure to check out my other set of Printable Peg Dolls: Saint That Go Together