Wood Peg Saint Nicholas

Make a small wooden St. Nicholas figure. These are suitable toys for children three and older.

St. Nicholas, Side, front and back
N is for St. Nicholas
Photo: An Alphabet of Saints by Jessica, Shower of Roses


  • Wood peg people
  • Craft acrylic paint in desired colors (paint may be mixed for other shades)
  • Brush
  • Fine-tipped brush for face and other detail
  • Fine tip paint pens for eyes and mouth


  • Use a base coat of white acrylic paint
  • Sketch design with a sharp pencil
  • When painting details, if you don't like the result, quickly wash off with water and redo
  • Seal, if desired, with a spray seal such as Krylon "Crystal Clear"

Online sources for wooden peg people

  • Little People Man 1 1/8 x 3 9/16-inches, $1.00 each, Woodworks Ltd., Haltom City, Texas
  • Man 7/8 x 2 3/8, $.30; Large Man 1 1/8 x 3 9/16-inches, $.80 each, Casey's Wood Products, Woolwich, Maine
  • People Man 7/8 x 2 7/8-inches, $.18 each, The Wood & Shop Inc., Hazelwood, Missouri

Printable saint wraps to make peg saints

Catholic Icing offers printable wraps to make peg saints. All you need are the wooden pegs and to paint the heads. Then decoupage the wraps onto the bodies. Set of 10 Advent Saints includes St. Nicholas. 

If you'd rather not paint one, peg saints may be purchased. Here are some from Etsy. Click for more.

Peg St. Nicholas
Printable wrap for wooden peg from Catholic Icing
Peg St. Nicholas
St. Anne's Pixies
Peg St. Nicholas
Three Jolly Owls
Peg St. Nicholas
St. Luke's Brush

"N is for Nicholas" from Jessica, An Alphabet of Saints, Shower of Roses. Used by permission.

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