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April 27th, 2014 | Crafts, Handmade Toys, Waldorf Toys, Wooden Toys | Permalink | Comments (1)

 

This spring, we have had a lot of fun new products coming through our doors here at Bella Luna Toys, but I’m not sure that any has caused as much excitement around here as our new book Making Peg Dolls.

How to Make Wooden Peg People Dolls

Its author, Margaret Bloom, had contacted me recently about carrying it. Since I’ve been interested in adding more doll-making crafts so that parents can make their own Waldorf toys, I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but I was unprepared for just how excited I would be once I got the book in my hands and was able to look between its covers.

My assistant Amy and I probably lost an hour of work time as we ooh-ed and ah-ed over Margaret’s adorable creations, and our hands started itching to get busy making families of these sweet little dolls!

I was surprised at how substantial the book is, with over 60 darling wooden peg doll designs for every season, and with nearly 200 pages pages of full-color photographs. There are instructions for creating dolls with fairy tales themes, as well as for holidays and festivals.

Making Peg Dolls - Bluebirds for Spring

The wonderful thing about peg dolls is how easy they are to make, even for someone with very little crafting experience. Best of all, this is a great craft activity that adults and children can do together.

You’ll only need some inexpensive wooden peg doll bases (which we now offer at Bella Luna Toys). Most of the materials used to decorate them, can probably be found around your house. The peg doll forms are made of unfinished wood and can be painted (I recommend Stockmar Opaque Watercolor Paints), or clothed with pieces of wool felt or fabric scraps.

Painting Peg Dolls - Kids

The book offers easy, step-by-step directions with hand-drawn illustrations. You might want to start by following Margaret’s patterns, but you’ll soon be inspired to start designing your own original peg people.

Watch the video above to see a delightful animated video featuring some of Margaret’s creations. I guarantee you’ll be inspired!

Won’t you join Amy and me in creating families of Wooden Peg Dolls? We’d love to see photos of your creations! You can EMAIL them to me, and I will post them on the blog.

Happy doll making!

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March 17th, 2013 | Crafts, Easter | Permalink | Comments (11)

 

Happy Spring, Friends!

Felted eggs aren’t just for Easter. A bowl full of colorful felted wool eggs also makes a beautiful centerpiece or decoration for the home. Wool eggs also make a great addition to a nature table, a child’s play kitchen, and are fun for market play.

Resources

Felted Easter Eggs Kit

Felted Chicks Kit

Are you an experienced felter? Have any tips to add? If you’ve never wet felted before, are you inspired to try?

Please leave your comments below and post your photos on our Facebook page!

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February 3rd, 2013 | Crafts, Sunday With Sarah, Valentine's Day | Permalink | Comments (3)

Resources

Wool Roving for Needle Felting

Foam Pad for Needle Felting

Felting Needles

Are you an experienced needle-felter? Have any tips to share? If you’ve never needle-felted before, are you inspired to try?

Please leave your comments below!

 

 

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December 16th, 2012 | bella luna toys, Crafts, Holidays, Sunday With Sarah | Permalink | Comments (10)

Welcome! This week on “Sunday With Sarah” I offer a video tutorial on how to make Waldorf Window Stars from folded kite paper. A wonderful holiday craft activity to share with children.

Happy Star Making!

Resources:

Waldorf Windows Stars Kite Paper

Eco-Glue

Crafts Through the Year by Berger and Berger

A Tutorial on Making Checkerboard Window Stars

Have you made folded paper stars? Are you inspired to try?

Share your comments here, and your photos on our Facebook page!


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November 19th, 2012 | Crafts, Gratitude, Sarah's Silks | Permalink | Comments (5)

As I get ready to launch a new series here at Moon Child (stay tuned!), today I am pleased to share with you a guest post from a dear blogger friend, Helen Bird, author of the crafty blog Curly Birds with ideas on how to create an Autumn Nature Table, inspired by Waldorf traditions.

I hope it inspires you and your little ones to take a walk, gather treasures, and create your own seasonal table, a wonderful act of giving thanks to Mother Earth and her bounty.

Enjoy!

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Creating a seasonal nature table is an enchanting way to connect your child with nature and the rhythm of the year. It encourages reverence for the earth and teaches children to see beauty in everyday found objects.

A nature table can evolve through the season. New treasures—such as a stone or an acorn found on a walk—can be added day-to-day, while other items can be taken away as they wilt and fade. In this way, the table can naturally progress from one season to the next, reflecting the rhythm of the year.

Waldorf EducationA nature table can be as simple as a few nature finds lovingly placed on a tray, shelf, or window sill, or it can take up a whole table and be adorned with colorful play silks, handcrafted fairy folk and other seasonal items.

Waldorf Nature TableThe colors on the table represent the colors of the season – for autumn think warm hues of oranges, yellows, browns, and reds.

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