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It’s no secret that over here at TMC, we love to create, make and DIY. Whether we’re baking, making fairy potions, very hungry caterpillar recycled play or wooden peg princess…there’s a huge satisfaction when you look at a picture and figure out how to make it with what you have at hand. Whilst I worked for Disney, I worked on a few projects, including writing a ‘Craft Manual’ for Youth Activities. I have no idea if it is still being used at all (I heard from someone a year or so ago that it was still floating around The Lab on the Magic!), but I thought I would share one of my favourites.
What is that favourite? These wooden peg princess – though we also made princes and other characters as well. This “Petite ‘Punzy” (Rapunzel) as we nicknamed her is definitely top of my favs list, but you can certainly mix up the colours, hair and dress styles to make other favourites!
Duration: 15-30 minutes
Age: 5 and up
- Wooden peg
- Tissue Paper or streamer
- Sticky foam or card
- Glue – we used Elmers glue, but any gel glue (or hot glue with supervision) will work!
- Embroidery thread or wool
- Pleat and glue the tissue paper around the middle of the wooden peg (this makes the skirt). If you’re not sure how to pleat, all you need to do is fold the tissue paper backwards and forwards along one side of the tissue paper, creating an accordion or zig zag shape/pattern. You then glue the pleated side around the middle of the wooden peg princess to make their skirt.
- Create the bodice of the dress out of sticky foam/card (this also helps to secure the skirt). I literally cut a rectangle strip and cut a small notch out of the top/middle of the strip to create a “sweetheart” neckline in this case.
- Make hair out of tissue paper, wool or embroidery thread. Tip if making Rapunzel: I halved the length of thread, tying the looped end into a knot whilst I braided it. Once braided, I untied the knot and arranged the loops over the top of the wooden peg. This allowed me to glue it easily, and cover the top of the peg (and ensured she didn’t have any bald spots!)
- Decorate as desired!