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August 14, 2011

Harry Potter Peg Dolls by Claudia & Her Mama

I confess that I am a teeny bit of a book snob.  I have pretty eclectic taste in books and I don’t typically go for what turns up on the NYT bestseller list.  I prefer finding those hidden gems that other people might pass by.  That could explain why I didn’t read the Harry Potter series until now.  And truthfully, if it weren’t for my kids, I don’t imagine I would have done it now either.  Claudia has (finally, in her opinion) become old enough for us to let her watch the HP movies, and Sam has been a fan of the books/movies since he was about 6.

The kids issued me a challenge at the beginning of the summer to read the whole series before school started again.  I put it off and put it off, because I didn’t really think I could possibly get all caught up in a fantasy series.  It’s just not really my thing, usually.  August rolled around and I figured I better get to it or I’d never hear the end of it.  And you know what happened?  I could not put those books down!  One ran right into the next and so on and so on.  In fact, when I reached book 7, I didn’t even want to start reading because I knew it was the end.  I read them all in 2 weeks!

Clearly, Harry Potter has taken over our summer.  Sam has created awesome wands for everyone he knows and Claudia will be sporting a Harry Potter lunchbox when school starts.  Then there’s our new kitten, very aptly named ‘Harry Potter.’  And to take the whole thing one step further, Claudia and I got crafty over the weekend and turned some wooden pegs into Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Voldemort He Who Must Not Be Named, and added a wooden bowling pin shape for Hagrid.  How stinking cute are these?


Supplies:  wooden pegs/bowling pin, acrylic paints, clear acrylic spray

Using my photo and movie photos as your guide, paint your pegs to depict whichever characters you like.  Add details with a Sharpie and use embroidery floss or yarn for hair.  Spray with a clear acrylic to seal.  (If using embroidery floss or yarn for hair, spray with sealant before attaching hair with hot glue.)


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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 8:15 pm

    OMG! Cute!

  2. August 14, 2011 10:49 pm

    Love them! I too adore HP and have read the entire series (the first four books I’ve read 4 times!). My boys (ages 11 and 10) are also huge fans as well. I wrote a post all about the end of the series when the last movie came out last month. Such a shock to think that it’s all over!!

    I typically don’t go running out to buy the latest critics choice in books either. I love ‘word of mouth’ type books much better. :)

  3. August 15, 2011 8:48 am

    Those are too cute! My daughter is reading book 5 right now. We were reading the books together at one point but I was stealing the books after she went to bed and reading ahead of her because I couldn’t wait. Plus she was bringing them to school and reading ahead of me at times. I ended up finishing the series without her but sometimes I sit and read to her while she’s getting ready for bed. We both love those books. It’s cool to have a theme for the summer. You’re kids will definitely remember their Harry Potter summer when they’re older.

  4. August 15, 2011 9:21 pm

    These are brilliant! (As the movie-version Harry would say.) Thanks for sharing the idea; I’ll pass it on to my kids. I started HP when I was suffering awful morning sickness with my first. I loved the books for their own sake and because of Harry, but also because they were the only thing that took my mind off the unending nausea. And now at any given time at least one of the books is being read by someone. I’m glad you gave in and read them!

  5. August 21, 2011 3:18 am

    I haven’t been sucked into the Harry Potter movement. It clearly is a movement :-) But I’m impressed you read all the books within 2 weeks! Cute peg dolls too.

  6. Evie permalink
    August 22, 2011 10:51 am

    AWWWW!!!! How awesome are these??

  7. Sneha permalink
    June 30, 2012 6:46 am

    I just LOVE Harry Potter!! I tried making the peg characters and they are awesome!! I cut holes into the sides and stuck in paper wands. I’ve read the whole series 43 times and counting!! I’m so sad they’re finished though. :(

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