When I came upon a tutorial for how to make wooden gnomes (from Wee Folk Art), I knew I needed to have a go at it. Little J's birthday is soon and I think playing with these gnomes is right up his ally.
Below you will find the steps I took to make the gnomes. If you would like more detailed instructions and images, check out Wee Folk Art. She has the most awesome projects for you to try. Impressed doesn't seem to say enough.
Before beginning, order peg people online or go to your local craft store and purchase a set. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for less than $4 for 4 people. If you want to make mini gnomes, you may want to order online. I haven't found any at our local craft stores.
First, you will need to download the templates from Wee Folk Art. Then, cut out the templates that are the appropriate size for the peg people you purchased. Finally, trace the templates onto stiff paper or cardboard. I traced mine on a recycled cereal box.
Next, draw all the detail from the printed template onto your patterns. Once completed cut out your patterns.
Now, trace your pattern onto colored felt. I chose 4 different colors of felt and traced 1 of each pattern onto each different color. Finally, cut out each piece.
Once all pattern pieces are cut out apply craft glue to the entire body surface on the wooden peg person. Select one of the body wrap pieces.
Carefully wrap the felt around the peg person pressing gently. I allowed my felt to overlap slightly to ensure a snug fit.