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Animal peg dolls – painting ideas to inspire you

Animal peg dolls are a lot of fun to make!

Here are a few project ideas that you can use for inspiration.  The pictures are divided into several categories: farm animals, household pets, Easter bunnies, woodland animals…

For all the projects below, I used blank spun cotton peg dolls. They offer a paper-like surface which makes them very easy to paint and quick to dry out. Spun cotton peg dolls are also really easy to combine with other materials such as paper, cardboard, felt, pipe cleaners…


Woodland animal peg dolls





Farm animal peg dolls





Penguins and bird peg dolls





Household pet peg dolls





Easter bunny peg dolls






I hope you enjoyed this page and found some inspiration for your own animal peg doll projects. Peg dolls are like tiny 3D blank canvasses and offer a ton of room for creativity. After you paint a few animal peg dolls, you will quickly develop your own style.

For tips and tricks on how to paint peg dolls, you can look at this tutorial: how to paint peg dolls.

As usual, feel free to use the comment section below if you have any questions or suggestions. Happy peg doll painting!


blank peg dolls to buy

Spun cotton peg dolls come in several sizes and shapes.


woodland animal creatures peg dolls

My favorite picture




4 Responses to Animal peg dolls – painting ideas to inspire you

  1. Elizabeth Bate June 5, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Hey Nicolas, I am printing your animal crafting examples for summer projects with my grand daughters (ages 9 & 7). If there are other examples somewhere on the web I would appreciate the site information. Looking forward to receiving the forms & having fun. Thanks, Elizabeth in Gainesville, FL

    • Nicolas Cocquerelle June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Elizabeth, I hope you and your grand daughter are enjoying the shapes and having fun! Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for peg dolls painting ideas. Thank you for the comment and please feel free to send some pictures and I would be happy to post them.

  2. Bridgette Chambliss October 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi Nicolas! These are adorable! I’m inspired to try something similar. May I ask how you did the ears though? Did you use paper and simply glue them on? Any helpful hints would be awesome. Thank you, Bridgette

    • Nicolas Cocquerelle October 10, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Hi Brdigette! Thank you very much for the nice words! The ears are made with regular card stock and simply glued on with just a little bead of tacky glue. I then painted over the glue for a nice finish. I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any questions!