I cleared my timetable in January to undertake a really special commission for a special set of wedding table centrepieces. It was a welcome break to work on something so personal after the madness of Christmas. However, it was also a bit daunting, as I was tasked to working with wooden dolls around three times bigger than what I am used to!
Both of them are fans of graphic novels and the superhero movie genre, so naturally they decided to continue both the superhero and peg doll theme throughout their wedding. They asked if I could make their cake toppers, several gifts for family and friends and their table centrepieces.
I’ll save the toppers and gifts for another post, but if you have 3 minutes to spare, here’s a video of the giant peg doll wedding table centrepieces. Enjoy!
If you enjoyed this, then make sure to pop directly to my YouTube channel for more, similar videos. I am gradually building a little library of videos of the techniques and processes I use to create my peg dolls. This gives you a great insight into the work and love that goes into the details of every tiny doll that I create.
Wedding Season is upon us again. And it’s safe to say I get booked up well in advance for my personalised Wedding Cake Toppers. I have three orders on my books for 2020 already!
Here is a lovely order from last year. I can safely share it with you now that the Bride and Groom’s day is over!
When Susie sent her pictures to work from, I was delighted to see all the little details I’d be adding. These really make it a truly personalised wedding cake topper!
I couldn’t wait for her slot to come around so that I could get to work on them. As always, I start by drawing out the designs on the dolls until I am happy. Next, I make them permanent by burning the lines into the wood with my pyrography iron.
Then, I can can get to the laborious but ever-so-rewarding work of adding the colour to bring them to life. My Bride and Groom wedding cake toppers use a variety of materials in addition to my usual coloured pencil. This could include paint, liquid pearls, fine glitter and metallic and pearlescent finishes.
Here’s the beautiful Bride in all her glory….
She had a wonderful veil. Not all Brides chose to include them as they can obscure some of the dress details, so it was nice to be able to create my first one in a little while.
She is also wearing a beautiful, sparkling crystal vintage belt. I loved bringing this to life by getting my sparkles out! (That sounds like a terrible euphemism – sorry!!!)
Unfortunately my photos don’t do just how pretty that little dress and belt are, with it’s painted lace, and pearls created using my special mediums.
But luckily for you, I caught it on video 🙂
It’s deliberately out of focus at some points to demonstrate the light catching the sparkles. You can’t see this whilst it’s in focus! The video also shows the sheen I use to give the effect of a veil more closely.
The groom also has lots of attention to detail! Look at that tiny pocket watch on a chain.
The suit is a gorgeous navy, with a purple checked pattern woven through it. What an absolute treat for me to recreate! You know how much I love a pattern!! I think this dapper fellow is one of my favourite grooms that I have created to date.
Susie kindly sent me a couple of pictures of their wedding day and allowed me to share them with you. As always, it’s great to see my cake toppers out in “the wild”!
It is always an absolute pleasure to create a personalised wedding cake topper for a Bride and Groom, and wish Susie and her husband a lifetime of happiness together.
I’ve always thought that my peg dolls would make perfect personalised bridesmaid gifts, but never had the time to act on it. Luckily for me, a customer had the same idea, and asked me to make a personalised peg doll for each of her bridesmaids.
Of course I jumped at the chance! I was excited on receiving her photos as each of the dresses were different. They were all united by the same, soft blush colour, but each had a different style.
Two of the dresses were full length, while one was tea-dress length. The bodices of the left and centre dresses were fully sequined. Yay for breaking out my sparkly special effect finish! The third bridesmaid bodice was embroidered, with a more subtle spatter of sparkles and sequins here and there.
The backs of each dress were different too, and each girl was having a different hairstyle. However, little white flowers thread amongst the strands of hair were a common theme. I loved adding these differing details to each peg doll, making them a truly personalised bridesmaid gift.
The skirts were made of layers of beautiful light tulle fabric. So I carefully used water colour, adding a gentle base layer of colour, and then pencils to add the effect of soft pleats and layers on top.
The matching bouquets of wine-coloured gerberas, white carnations and gypsophila were the finishing touches for each peg doll.
These personalised bridesmaid gifts were an absolute treat for me to create, and my customer loved surprising each of her friends with them on her wedding day. If it’s something you’d like to think about for your bridesmaid gifts, drop me a line using our contact form.
I’m sure you all know by now I love commissions that involves creating a wedding peg doll or two!
So when my business friend Stacey, the amazing clay artist behind Stacey’s World, got in touch to ask if I could make her a special wedding gift she got a big thumbs up from me. Her friends had recently got married, enjoying a dream destination wedding. With this in mind I knew this would be a fun wedding peg doll set to work on!
It was particularly refreshing to work on a totally different style of groom outfit to normal. A light and fresh linen waistcoat and trousers and white shirt pairing was different to the usual navy or grey suits I work on.
The bride was photographed wearing a really light and elegant dress. Its’ simplicity was perfect for all that sunshine and heat I bet! She also had a gorgeous bunch of colourful gerberas. Such happy and bright flowers!
There were lots of lovely details that really helped me to personalise her wedding peg doll. The bride wore quite distinctive glasses, which always helps. In addition to this, she had a beautiful sparkly tiara which was lovely to recreate. She also was wearing pearl and crystal necklace, and a pearl bracelet and earrings set. Any opportunity to bust out my specialised pearl and crystal finishes is a great one in my books!
Just look how sparkly they are on her little wooden peg doll:
It really was a lovely commission to work on. It was refreshing to create the peg dolls as a gift AFTER the wedding day and to be able to work from such lovely, happy photos!
Congratulations to the lovely couple! Big thank you to them too for allowing me to share the photos of their very special day that I worked from, here on my blog.
Don’t forget that we have a whole page dedicated to the wedding peg doll side of our business, right here. It’s full of information and links to my previous Bride and Groom peg doll work.
So if you are feeling inspired and would love me to create a personalised wedding peg doll set for your own big day or as a gift to a special couple, pop over to my contact form now in order to get in touch!
Every request for a set of personalised wedding peg dolls is super exciting, but especially when my lovely customers would like something different! Celine and Jo got in touch asking if I’d be able to make a set for them, and when I saw that gorgeous 1920’s style flapper outfits were involved, I of course jumped at the opportunity! Totally up my creative street!
Even more exciting was the fact that Jo is a super creative artist, and had designed the art work for their invites. Rather than working from photos, they were wondering if I’d be able to recreate her amazing artwork into peg doll forms of themselves!
I absolutely loved the fun portrait of them. What an absolute treat to be able to work from such a brilliant, fun and colourful original piece of art!
Girls after my own feline-loving heart, they wanted their cats to be part of their posse too!
I truly loved working on the amazing little details on their wedding peg dolls! The flowers and feathers in their hair and the colourful spectacles. The scarves and feather boa, the pleats and beads. Not to mention the bright colours! If this pair of peg dolls is anything to go by, their special day was going to be nothing short of fabulous!
Just perfect! Celine and Jo reported back that they love their finished dolls, almost as much as I loved working on them!
If you’d like to see some of the other wedding peg doll creations and cake toppers I’ve made, pop over to my dedicated page here for more information and links to past work.