Happy St David’s Day and how to make a welsh doll

St Davids Day dragon peg doll and leek craft activity

How to make a welsh doll. Nerys explained for the 16th time that Norbert should not eat the leek, but she knew the dragon was only thinking about how well it would go in his cawl* this St David’s Day. She could see it in his eyes. 

*cawl: a welsh lamb broth

St Davids Day peg doll craft activity

How to make a welsh doll

Among the welsh cake baking and the daffodil admiring around here, this year our St David’s day activity is peg dolls. We made little welsh ladies. Blank wooden dolls from Panduro Hobby.

Painted the peg and made a hat out of black felt and the tiniest, and as it turned out, difficult to work with, lace. Glue, lace and fingertips. I’ll say no more. St Davids Day wooden peg doll welsh craft activity

Welsh ladies traditionally wear a white bonnet under their hats. The lace around the bonnet seems to save them from looking like Pilgrims, so I painted on a few curls of lace around the bonnet. (Successively side stepping using glue and lace again in this project)

I knitted a shawl, but it was too bulky, so I’m sticking with the painted version. Simple. The children finished theirs after school today and I’m I set time aside to make a welsh doll, or two, together.

St Davids Day welsh peg doll craft activityLater that day, Blodwen couldn’t believe it when Nerys told her about how Norbert had eaten all the leeks, except one. They would have to cancel the leek dressing competition. Again.St Davids Day welsh peg dolls craft activityThe welsh dolls and Norbert, the dragon, are on our Season’s table. Surrounded by felt daffodils. Feels like the season is changing.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Celebrating and crafting on St David's Day

More St David’s Day craft and activity ideas here.

6 thoughts on “Happy St David’s Day and how to make a welsh doll

  • Tuesday 1 March, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Happy St. David’s day! I love both Welsch Cakes (we call them cookies and have them at Christmas) and your peg doll. My grandmother was from Wales.

    • Tuesday 1 March, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      I love hearing how traditions and customs migrate and change as people travel to all the corners of the Earth. No need to keep Welsh cakes just for St David’s Day. We eat them all year round, but having them at Christmas sounds like a wonderful tradition.

  • Thursday 3 March, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I love your peg dolls they are a great shape! We love making them here 😉

    • Thursday 3 March, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you. This is my favourite type of pegs. I like the roundness. 🙂

    • Saturday 5 March, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Fun joining in again, Sara

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