This year for Christmas I decided to give my four year old niece peg dolls. It’s a cute gift that’s great for her age and even better to entertain her while her mama takes care of their new baby. You can find my Peg Doll Tutorial Here.
Then while I was walking through a thrift store I saw a wooden cigar box for 50 cents. Wow. Pin balls started bouncing back and forth in my brain and before I knew it, I had the perfect Christmas gift for her.
I used Mod Podge to cover the cigar label on the front of the box with a cute design and then added a handle simply using my hot glue gun. The box was scratched up and I knew that I little girl would probably just add more scratches to it. So I did what any smart woman would do and I got out my sanding block to rough up the edges. One or two scratches just looks messed up but a ton of them screams vintage.
The back was just raw unfinished wood so again I got out my best friend, Mod Podge, and I covered it in paper with several coats of Mod Podge on top to preserve it.
So what do you do with this box you ask? Let’s open it and find out?
It’s a portable peg doll house. Using modpodge I made a living room, bedroom, and table area for the peg dolls to play in. Then because my sister has an outdoorsy family, I added a slide and pond with dock so the peg dolls can go fishing. (My brother in law is a marine biologist)
Shh… Grandma’s sleeping.
This will be a great gift that she can carry with her when my sister needs her to be quiet and entertained such as the baby’s doctor visits. The best part is that when you are done playing, just put the peg dolls inside, close it up and place it on a shelf. No little peg dolls on the floor for parents to step on in the middle of the night, just a compact cute adorable storage play system.
Aunt of the year award… here I come.. well until I forgot her birthday last week. Next Christmas might have to involve gold and chocolates.
*Edited- Now I have been told by my father that I did not miss her fourth birthday yet, I only missed her third because she is now three. Oh my .. I’m going to have to buy her a car, aren’t I? *