DIY Superhero and Boy Peg Dolls (A Tutorial and Download)

DIY superhero peg dolls with free download via

You asked for it! The boy-version of the Box o’ Princesses: Boy-Ville! It’s a combination of a pirate ship, a superhero headquarters, and a medieval knight. There is something to appeal to any boy…or even a girl!

Note: A few people had a hard time finding the wood dolls from the last tutorial….I found a source online at but I’m sure there are many out there!


Handpainted superhero peg doll tutorial with free download via

Stephanie Corfee created the adorable printable background and I painted the wood dolls to match. (See the full tutorial on painting the dolls). I used double sided tape to make the little sword stick.


DIY Princess and Super Hero Peg Doll Valentines or Gifts via

Instead of a box like I used for the princesses, I used a metal tin that I purchased at the craft store.


I used the same spray adhesive to attach the “boyville” graphic:


Paint Pirate or Superhero peg doll  via

Can you spot the “diesel” inspired doggie in the background?


Paint Superman and Spiderman peg doll  via


You can customize the wooden dolls however you want and make them as detailed or simple as you like depending on your painting skill. Just remember….small brushes are your friend!


Click the image below to download Stephanie Corfee’s free graphic download:


Free superhero PDF peg doll download via

Make sure to visit the original tutorial for all the details!


DIY Princess and Super Hero Peg Doll Valentines or Gifts via



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  1. 1

    Thank you so much for sharing this. These are going to make great stocking stuffers for both my son and daughter.

  2. 2

    My boys are going to LOVE this! Thank you so much!

  3. 3

    I found both girls and boys at michael’s!

  4. 5

    I am having a hard time downloading both of them. I just get a blank screen.

  5. 6

    Never mind. I figured it out! I am excited to try this out as a birthday gift! Thanks for sharing.

  6. 7

    Love these!

  7. 8

    These are so cute! I think I might try to do this for my nephews for Christmas. I’m doing a “radical” all homemade christmas this year and I think they would love this gift! If I do, I will definitely link back to your post. Thank you for the idea! :)

    This was my post on my radical christmas:

    Thanks again!!! I’m excited!!

  8. 9

    Love these! Super Love!!

  9. 10

    This is amazing…I know what my littlest boy is getting this Christmas! :)

  10. 11

    Aww! I never found the boy doll pegs when I was at the craft store so I used the girl ones for both styles. Still turned out well but I need to look online as you suggested!

  11. 12

    Aww! I never found the boy doll pegs when I was at the craft store so I used the girl ones for both styles. Still turned out well but I need to look online as you suggested…I love the superhero idea.

  12. 13

    Hi, I have a girl that doesn’t like princesses s so this is perfect for her….Thanks for doing it. Love it.

  13. 14

    So boytastically awesome!

  14. 15

    Thank you so much!!! I’ve been waiting for this!!! : )
    My little boy is going to love it!!!

  15. 16

    Thank you, THANK YOU! As ever, such wonderful gifts you give us! :D

  16. 17

    Thank you! I was going to ask for a boy one! This is perfect! Ashley you ROCK!!!

  17. 18
    Lil Miss Red T-Shirt says:

    You always make the most adorable stuff. EVER.

  18. 19

    OMG! Thank you for doing this! My boys are going to love it!

  19. 20

    Thanks for sharing this! I love it! What did you use to make the sword stick to the knight?

  20. 21

    Do you mind if I ask what size your wooden girls and boys are?

  21. 22

    This is great! I think you picked the perfect “boy” stuff. :) Love it!

  22. 23

    What a fantastic idea!! I would love to know what size pegs you used also. Thanks

  23. 24

    Love this! I have made the princesses. Now I am making their boyfriends (according to my 5 year old)! How did you attach the swords to the bodies?

  24. 25

    These are so adorable! Peg people were already on the Christmas to-make list. And now I need to make these cute little playsets to go with them. thanks so much!

  25. 26

    These are so cute! I’m including them in my “Gifts for Boys” post tonight. :)


  26. 27

    I can’t paint or draw free hand AT ALL. But I just made these and my husband asked where I bought them! Great tutorial – I need to come up with my own to do a sesame street version!

  27. 28

    This is wonderful! Thank you so very much! I am printing Boyville for my 8 and 10 year old sons, and the box of princesses for my 9 and 5 year old nieces.

  28. 29

    I am having the hardest time finding these little doll/game pieces. I know you said craft store, but what craft store? I’ve looked at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s and nothing. Help!!!

    • 30
      Pat Matera says:

      I order all of my peg people from Amazon. You can get assorted sized bags full of good quality pegs.

  29. 31

    These playsets are great and I am going to make a set of each (boyville and princess) fro my kids! The only problem is that when I try to get the printable on both it directs me to a page saying that I can’t get it b/c you’ve reached your bandwith limit. Is there another way to get the printables?

  30. 32
    MammaDucky says:

    CUTE! To your 4 characters, I added Iron Man, Batman, a Marine in dress blues and a fire fighter (the last two are to represent our son’s REAL hero, his Daddy). On to the princesses!

  31. 33

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I made a set for my 5 year old and he absolutely loves them! I live in Sweden, and couldn’t find the “boyish” ones you used, so my peg superheroes are quite chubby. :-) I’m thinking of using them as a bowling set…

    Pics and a link to your post is at:

  32. 34
    Heather Root says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!!! My son is going to a super heros birthday party and I just got done making a spiderman, superman, Hulk, Ironman and Captian America! They turned out amazing :)

  33. 35

    How have I not seen this before???!? I LOOOVE it! Thank you for sharing. My superhero obsessed boys will love it!

  34. 36

    Darn cute! Wish she had a Japanese background to add to a box – of – Kokeshi’s!


  35. 37

    Thank you!!!

  36. 38
    Pat Matera says:

    I started making little peg people for my grandson last Christmas when he was 3. He absolutely adores playing with them. I’ll be making these super heroes for his 4th birthday in March. Thanks so much for posting!

  37. 39

    Girl peg people can be found on JoAnne’s website, and buy peg people can be found (Birch Man/Boy) on Hobby Lobby’s website!

  38. 40

    I love this! Thank you for sharing! My daughter is really into superheros right now, so I’m going to try to make some girl superheros for her. I hope they turn out as good as yours!


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