Easter Garden Peg People Tutorial

Before I get started on this tutorial, I just want to make sure that you all go on over to Embracing the Now to see my friend Erin’s rendition of the Easter Garden and Peg People.  I’ll wait.  I’m growing in the virtue of patience this Lent.

And we’re back.  Okay, so here’s what I bought at Michael’s to do this project.  I bought more than I need because I’m planning on making these saint peg people and eventually maybe a nativity set of peg people too.

~craft paint & brushes

~pegs, mine are 2 3/8 inches

~wooden beads for hands

~pipe cleaners in various colors

~felt squares in various colors

~roving for hair


~hot glue gun


The children painted the bodies of each character.

I painted the helmets on the Roman soldiers because it was a little more complicated.

Smarty Pants (7 years old) cut the felt for the Roman Soldiers’ skirts.  A discussion about why soldiers would wear skirts promptly ensued.  I attached the skirts to the pegs with a glue gun.

We cut a small piece of pipe cleaner and glue gunned it to the back, then stuck two wooden beads on the ends for hands with a little dab of hot glue so they don’t fall off.

I cut a small piece of felt for the cape.  It was way too big so I just kept trimming it until it was the correct length.

A little piece of red pipe cleaner on the helmet really makes the little guy look like a Roman soldier, doesn’t it?

The angel is pretty self explanatory.  We used the same silver paint that we used for the soldiers’ helmets, then did a coat of glitter pain over that.

This one is Jesus.  Instead of painting the body, we covered it with white felt.

We added the arms….

and covered the arms with felt using a glue gun.

I cut two squares for the cape and layered them.

Brown yarn worked great for the beard and hair, again using a glue gun to attach it to the body.

Here’s Mary Magdalen on the left, and Mary the Mother of Jesus on the right.

I decided to do little bows so that it’d be easy to differentiate between the two women and the two apostles in the scene.

Their hair is made out of roving.  What in the world is roving?  You can find it in the “Yarn and Needle Crafts” section of your crafts store.  It’s perfect for hair!

The Apostle John

The Apostle Peter

On Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, I think I’ll ask Smarty Pants to read from the Bible as Dimples and Bright Eyes place the peg people where they should be in the Easter Garden.  The garden is going to double as the Garden of Olives — or as one of my fifth graders once said “The Olive Garden.”  Sheesh.

Until then, I’m going to try to encourage Bright Eyes (4 years old) NOT to utilize the peg people as action figures.  We’ll see what happens.

I’m not gonna lie.  This project took some time.  We worked on all the figures over the course of three days.  But I think it was totally worth it.  The teaching moments have already started and I am certain they will continue as we read from the Gospels and act out the Passion & Resurrection narratives.

Please, please email me pics of your Easter Gardens and Peg People so I can share them here.

It’ll be like a virtual craft fair!

Categories: Believing


5 Responses to Easter Garden Peg People Tutorial

  1. Mary, you wrote the tutorial I never bothered with! Fabulous!

    When I made those dolls we were so busy crafting away that I couldn’t be bothered to wash my hands so I just didn’t snap any photos of the process. When I look at your stash of crafting goodies I just want to encourage people to look around at thrift shops because honestly I think I found all my felt (in a large, clear garbage bag of cut of peices, that I am still using for various crafting projects years later) for maybe 50 cents and bag of beads and yarn too all for cheap. I bought my peg dolls in bulk through a Canadian company Stockade (there must be something similar in the US). They were 24 cents each if you buy a hundred, which sounds like a lot, but you can split a bag with crafty friends, give them to your kids to paint for fun, or do projects like a saint alphabet, which we are hoping to complete one day. So much potential!

    Good luck keeping the four-year-old from playing sword fights with the soldiers! Let them get it out of their system and I promise they’ll be more pius the next year. Yesterday when we made our garden my five-year-old boy set everything up just so and no sword fighting was involved. They grow out of it!

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