Wooden Peg Passion Play

I just love the little wooden dolls that I see painted in various crafts…in fact I keep adding these ideas to my Try This At Home linky…kind of like my own little to do list of crafts for someday. 

After looking around for the little wooden dolls, I found the link to a great company called Woodworks Ltd from Shower of Roses, but I hesitated to order them because we always pay extra fees for shipping up to Canada. I found wooden clothes pegs at the Michael’s craftstore and decided that I could make these work.  In fact, maybe they could work for me in ways the regular wooden dolls wouldn’t!

In A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families, I included a tip from a good friend of mine who made a passion play out of clothes pegs and stored them in an ice cream container.  The acryllic paint worked better than expected on the plastic container!

I like the way that the clothespegs clip onto the side and can be stored within the container as the tomb …or until the next Lenten season! (I did have to cut the extra lip off this ice cream container, but I think other ice cream containers would work ‘as is’.)

I painted the ice cream container so that it could work as a backdrop, a Last Supper table and an Empty Tomb!

The cross was $1.50 at Michael’s…but popsicle sticks could be used to make the cross too.

I think my 5 year old will have alot of fun with these Wooden Peg Passion Play figures!

I think we will be adding more figures over time and they’ll probably get more detailed too.


  1. Great artwork. What’s interesting about this craft is that it is made from recycled materials.

  2. Muy buena idea para explicar los dias santos. muchas gracias Dios te bendiga!!!

  3. I added a layer of mod podge…to both the peg dolls and the ice cream container ‘tomb’…they are all so shiny now!

  4. Love these! We made some peg dolls for the children to play out the Easter story last week. Now I’m thinking of making some more apostles to go with them!

  5. Love this! These wooden dolls would be the perfect tool in helping to explain the Passion to little ones. Thanks for sharing.

    (P.S. I’ve come over from Sunday Snippets.)

  6. What a great craft! I think this is the first Catholic blog I’ve seen if I’m not mistaken. I’m Catholic as well.

    Have a terrific weekend,

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  7. That’s a very clever idea! I never would have though of it.

  8. What a fun idea! 🙂 Very cute. Thanks for sharing it.

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  10. Very cute and creative! I am glad that you were able to find something that would work for you!

  11. I love their little expressive faces! so incredibly imaginative Monica! love your posable dollies too!

  12. WOW! Each time I visit your blog, I’m amazed by your creativity and fun crafts you create to learn about our Catholic Faith! These wooden pegs are adorable and my kids would have fun with them! Every craft I’ve seen you could sell since they are so wonderful! So are you selling these pegs? I’d buy them in a heartbeat since I feel like I don’t have/make the time to make them myself :/ Thank you for sharing your ideas and talents on NOBH!

  13. What a wonderful idea – Passion Play in a Pail! Thanks for sharing it with us. Such a simple craft even my kids could make it! And I like that it self stores!!!
    Nine years ago I made 250 Brides and Grooms with wooden clothespins. Putting them on the napkins at our wedding reception. They were certainly a hit with the kids there!

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