Make A Peg-Doll Fairy

Posted on: 03 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A sophisticated yet simple festive project to delight crafters and little girls alike.

Add a touch of sophistication to your tree with this beautiful Christmas fairy. No one will guess that she is made from a plain, old-fashioned wooden peg 'dressed' with organza and sequins.


  • Wooden peg
  • Selection of gouache paints for the skin, hair and features
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold organza
  • Scissors, needle and thread
  • Fast-drying, high tack glue
  • 60cm / 24in of 35mm / 1 1/2in wode gold organza ribbon
  • Flower sequin for hair
  • Star sequin and string of tiny sequins for the wand
  • Gold sequins
  • Ribbon about 40cm / 16in long

pegfairy11 Paint the peg with flesh-coloured paint. When dry, paint the hair and facial features. Again leave to dry.

pegfairy22 Cut two pieces of organza, each measuring 22 x 10cm / 9 x 4in. Lay one piece on top of the other and, close to the top edge, sew running stitch through both layers. Pull the thread to gather the material, making sure that it fits around the peg. Finish with a few stitches to hold the gathers.

pegfairy33 Position the skirt around the peg and stitch together at the back. Apply a dab of glue to the peg and skirt to hold in place if necessary.

pegfairy44 Fold the gold ribbon in half lengthways. Dab glue around the body of the peg and wrap the ribbon around it, tying it at the back. Leave to dry. Open out the remaining ribbon and trim the ends in a V shape.

pegfairy55 Tie the ribbon in an extravagant bow. Glue a flower sequin to the hair. Make a wand from string sequins and a star sequin, and glue in place. Glue gold sequins on to the skirt. Stitch a ribbon to the back of the fairy for the tie.

If you cannot find a flower sequin for the fairy's hair decoration, glue a tiny ribbon bow in place instead, or a cluster of tiny beads in a flower shape.

By Emma Hardy

treetopdecorationsYou can purchase Tree Top Decorations, 25 dazzling ideas for angels, stars, ribbons, and more, by Emma Hardy, published by Cico Books, priced £9.99, from all good bookshops or online at Amazon for £6.85.


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