Painting peg dolls is one of my favorite crafts (see here and here for proof). They are miniature, which automatically wins major points (little=cute); and they are actually played with and enjoyed by my girls (again, most likely because of their itsy-bitsy-ness).
So, when I recently came across the idea of using these dolls as pendants on necklaces, I had to try it myself.
I began with wooden peg dolls and mini screw eyes (both available at craft stores on the unfinished wood aisle).
Then, I painted the heads and bodies.
Noticing that my husband was available, I seized the opportunity and had him drill the holes for the screws.
My next step was to paint hair, faces, and clothing details. Toothpicks are great tools for making the tiny features.
To create a seal, while giving a nice polished look, I coated each doll with clear spray paint.
Once dry, I strung ribbon for the necklace.
A sweet bow in the back keeps the necklace on, but I think next time I will invest in some little jewelry clasps - getting the bow just right is a bit of a chore.My girls love that they can bring their little dolls with them where ever they go (except to school, because mommy is mean like that; this resulted in lots of whining and pleading, which only further proves just how much little girls love these necklaces!)
A grown woman can wear one of these, right? Don't tell me "no." I might throw a fit.
p.s. Obviously, because of the tiny parts this is only suitable for older girls.