Wooden Peg Dolls DIY Inspired by Little House on the Prairie

by Vanessa Brady | Jul 17, 2017

She went past the willow valley and played in the prairie grasses among the black-eyed susans and goldenrod.

—On The Banks of Plum Creek

There is something timeless and quaint about homemade peg dolls. With no moving parts or batteries, they’re the perfect toy for the fully imaginative play that is so important in early childhood. These Little House on the Prairie Peg Dolls perfectly capture the simplicity of an earlier time while still staying true to each character. I went super basic with my painting technique, but you’re more than welcome to add as much or as little detail as desired.

Materials to Make Your Wooden Peg Dolls

Supplies needed to make your own old-fashioned wooden dolls inspired by Little House on the Prairie

Making Wooden Peg Dolls

Step 1. Begin by lightly drawing out the characters on the unfinished wooden peg dolls. If you’re new to painting, I would suggest keeping the drawing as basic as possible. More advanced painters can definitely add more detail.

Drawing the simple features onto wooden dolls for homemade toys!

Step 2. Continue lightly drawing out the characteristics on the peg dolls with a pencil. You can see both sides and details of my peg dolls in the pictures below.

Details on the wooden dolls - front and back for a complete look.

Step 3. Begin painting detail with acrylic paint. I suggest starting with the larger dolls first to give your hands time to warm up to the smaller, more difficult peg dolls.

Painting your old-fashioned Little House on the Prairie wooden peg dolls

Step 4. Continue painting all the Little House on the Prairie Peg Dolls until you’re happy with the way they look.

Painting the details on your Little House on the Prairie wooden peg dolls.

Step 5. Use a fine paint brush to add smaller details such as eyes, mouths, and buttons. If you’re comfortable with painting on a small scale, you can always add some miniature flowers to the girls aprons or more detail to their hair. Totally up to you!

Finishing touches for your Little House on the Prairie inspired homemade wooden peg dolls.

Step 6. Depending on how much play and wear you think these little peg dolls will be getting, it may be a good idea to add a couple layers of spray varnish to protect the paint from chipping. Make sure to apply light coats of the spray varnish and to allow each coat to dry completely before adding another.

Little House on the Prairie inspired wooden peg dolls - the perfect homemade toys

Hope you have a wonderful time making and playing with these Little House on the Prairie Peg Dolls! They are absolutely perfect for bringing the magic of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s stories to life for little children.

Play with imaginative toys with these Little House inspired wooden peg dolls.

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Vanessa Brady is the mother of two little boys and is an unabashed craft junkie. She is passionate about sewing, crafting, her children, and business. Find her original crafts at Tried and True blog.


  1. Can you purchase these already painted. I’m not to crafty. Thank you


    • We don’t know where you can buy them, but maybe someone could make them for you!

  2. Very cute! I am going to try copying your design for my daughters prairie style birthday party. I’m hoping to use it for the cake with a miniature log cabin I found at hobby lobby!!

  3. Love the wooden peg dolls!


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