Actually - my fascination with them started decades ago.
I think that these were my all time favorite childhood toy...and I still have quite a collection of them.
But lately, my fascination has shifted to a 'craftier' sort of peg doll, and thanks to the (highly addicting) Pinterest and Etsy websites, I've had no shortage of sources for inspiration.
It was there that I ran across this blog.
Her directions seemed easy enough, so I decided to try a few of my own as a Christmas gift for my youngest daughter, (who shares my love of the vintage Fisher Price dolls.)
I found the doll forms at my local craft store. I bought some smaller versions, too - as my daughter is sure to want a full family. Pleasantly, both sets were just a couple dollars each, so at least my new
In addition to the wooden doll forms, I had the additional supplies already on hand: acryllic craft paints, and very tiny paintbrushes.
I pretty much followed the tutorial step-by-step on the other blog for the first few steps.
I did use some of her clothing designs, but I tried to personalize others....
and when I was done - I had a nice little group of dolls. :-)
There were women....
and even a set of grandparents....
but ....uh...only one guy.
We decided that we didn't want our daughter to have to play 'Sister Wives',
so I made a few more friends for him.
(And with that second batch I think I improved my 'hair techniques, too.)
Hint: dry brush and think 'wispy.'
I still need to varnish/seal them, (I'm going to try Mod Podge,)
and I'm also making them some little felt beds/sleeping bags.
Hopefully my daughter will love them as much as the Fisher Price ones. :-)