Tapered wooden pegs come in different shapes and sizes and are used in many different types of crafts. The clothes peg and shaker peg are commonly-used tapered wood pegs. Clothes pegs have a slit in the middle, while shaker pegs flare out on the top and taper down in the middle, similar to a mushroom shape. Other pegs simply taper from top to bottom at a steady rate.
Several games can be made using a flat piece of wood as a game board and tapered wooden pegs for game pieces. Cribbage incorporates playing cards and a game board that uses wooden pegs to keep score. Tick-tac-toe can be played on a game board using different coloured pegs for each player. To make either of these games, start with a wooden game board and drill holes large enough for the wooden pegs to slide part of the way in. Be sure to make your pegs two different colours using stain, paint or markers.
Wooden clothes pegs are easily transformed into a number of different decorative animals. With a little creativity and a short list of supplies, children and adults can enjoy making clothes pin bugs, reindeer, bunnies or even aliens. For animals such as reindeer and bunnies, slip a pipe cleaner into the slit of the peg and twist it at the top. Form the remaining ends of pipe cleaner in to ears or antlers. Glue eyes and a pom nose on the side of the peg. For bugs, turn the peg sideways and slide wing shaped cloth into the peg slit. Use the top of the peg as the head. Use a pipe cleaner for antennas by twisting it around the peg in the grove near the top.
Shaker pegs have long been used for hat and coat racks. It is easy to make a custom rack using shaker pegs. Many craft stores sell unfinished wood that has been cut into shapes such as a bear or a rocking horse. These wood pieces are usually already sanded and ready to be painted or stained. To create the rack, drill a hole for each peg you plan to use. The peg should fit snugly in the hole, never loose. Put a couple of drops of wood glue into the hole and around the portion of the peg that will be inserted. Push the peg all the way into the hole and allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours. To finish the rack, paint or stain it as desired.
Looms are used to weave fabrics of all sorts, while craft looms are usually used to make small decorative fabrics or items such as pot holders. To make a simple craft loom from tapered wood pegs, start with a wooden frame in the desired size. Drill holes around the frame so that they are angled slightly outward. Insert smooth tapered wooden pegs into each hole. For fabric weaving, the pegs need only be on two sides, but for pot holders the pegs must be on all four sides.
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