Last week, the moms group at my parish hosted our first ever peg doll exchange and it went so well, I wanted to share the photos & some tips with all of you. If you've ever wanted to make peg dolls or do an exchange like this, I really recommend it!
Hosting Your Own Peg Doll Exchange...
If you're planning your own peg doll exchange, I thought I'd share how our group organized & pulled off our exchange! It went so well and I was so happy about it! It was a really nice way to get to know the other moms in my parish and it is seriously so fun to have these little peg dolls now!
Our group used a Facebook Event to organize the event. Everyone commented with which saint they'd like to paint (or some chose to make two saints) and it made it a lot easier to keep track of everything. Once the group reached 19 people, we "closed" the event so that people wouldn't be making too many pegs. After that, one mom placed a bulk order for the pegs and we each paid her for our set. Once we got them, we painted 19 of the same saint or saints. I chose to paint two: Augustine of Hippo and Ignatius of Antioch, so I ended up painting 38. Although painting 19 of each saint did feel a little ambitious while I was doing it (it might be better to keep the group smaller), it was pretty awesome to come home with 31 pegs!
We gave ourselves about two months until the exchange, and we also had two painting mom's night outs which were so much fun! Lily is so excited to finally have all of these little pegs to play with and I've been coming up with ideas for how to display them. It's such a fun way to bring the communion of saints to life for our children and to weave Catholicism into their everyday play.
- 2 3/8" Peg Doll Bodies pack of 20 - used for all of the saint dolls in our exchange
- 3 1/2" Peg Doll Bodies (Woman) pack of 50 - used for the Immaculate Heart of Mary peg and my personal favorite (I feel like they're less of a choking hazard because they're much bigger than the other style.
- Bulk Peg Dolls (if you're hosting your own peg doll exchange!)
- Paint: DecoArt 34-color value pack, or Apple Barrel paint set of 18
- Sealer: DecoArt Triple Thick Acrylic Sealer (this is the best)
- Paintbrushes: Detail Brushes (expensive but awesome), or 10 piece nylon brushes (great value)
- One of the moms printed all of the saints' names along with their feast days onto small round stickers. We put the stickers on the bottom of each peg and then sealed over them with the Triple Thick sealer. She also printed off a paragraph about each saint and included them in the exchange so we could make little booklets or keep them as notecards/flashcards.
- Some of us used Printable Peg Dolls from Catholic Icing - purchase, print, and decoupage them onto the saints! They ended up looking really cute and the process was much easier than painting the whole peg.
- When sealing the pegs, do the tops first - let it dry - and then do the bottoms! :)
Thank you so much to all of the moms who put together and participated in this exchange! It was so fun to get to know all of you and I'm so excited to have so many handmade friends for Lily and Augustine to play with. :)
Click through the gallery below for all of the photos! Which saint is your favorite?