Nature Inspired DIY Peg Doll Cars | Make your own Waldorf Wooden Toys

In this post: Learn how to make your own peg doll cars with this free tutorial. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 

Do your kids love driving around little cars as much as mine do? Even if they don’t just yet, these little DIY peg doll cars are so much fun and way more interactive than your ordinary coche. Learn how to make your own wooden toys with this free tutorial. Let me walk you through step by step how to make your them! 

What do you need?

To make mine, I wanted to keep it simple. I could have taken a jigsaw and carved the front end a little bit to make it more “car shaped” but I don’t have time for that and I knew that my kids would love them even if they were just little logs on wheels. We have a dead cedar in our backyard that has been fueling all of my craft projects but you can use any thick log or stick for your base. Peel the bark off, make sure it isn’t rotten wood, and let’s get started. 

The first thing is to cut your wood to size. I didn’t measure or think about it too much, but I knew I wanted to make a couple little cars and one or two longer ones that could be a little autobús. You can use any saw you have around, I just used a hand saw to cut them! Then grab your sander and sand off any remaining bark and shape the little car a little bit by rounding the ends and sanding down and stubs left from where you took side branches off. 

To cut the seats for the peg dolls get your drill and forstner bit. I always test the sizing on some scrap wood to make sure I am using the right sized bit. Once you have it, drill your holes! I go down about 1″ so that the peg dolls will be nice and snug in their auto. I used a 1 1/4″ bit for these peg dolls but make sure you test for yours. 

Then drill the holes on the bottom of your cars so that you can add your little wheels. I sanded the bottom really flat so that the wheels could be glued in while still leaving clearance for the car to drive. Drill shallow holes, make sure the axel fits and then wood glue them in place. Make sure the wheels don’t touch the car and also be mindful not to get any glue on the wheel.

There you go! A super sweet little peg doll car your kiddos can drive all around. We LOVE using ours on our Ruggish play rug! My kids love making little cities and driving their cars all over. I hope you love these little coches as much as I do!

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