Here’s how to create a DIY Stick Horse. Because these were going to be a party favor, I knew that I needed an inexpensive version. So I headed to the dollar store.Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Thank you for supporting Twitchetts!
Let me start by saying that I can not sew. So these DIY stick horses are no-sew. One of the activities in Mr. Monster’s Justin Time Party was a horse race. I needed to create a dozen stick horses quickly and inexpensively. So we headed to the dollar store and grabbed one dozen oven mitts. **Edited to add: Over 6 months later and these oven mitt stick horses have held up. Mr. Monster “rides” his through the house at least once a day.
What you’ll need to create your DIY stick horse:
- Oven Mitt
- Wooden Dowel
- Large Google Eyes
- 2 Small Paper Cups
- Hot Glue
How to create a no sew stick horse.
Start by attaching an eye on each side of your oven mitt using hot glue.Next, glue together your two cups and push them into the large section of the oven mitt. This helps your horse keep its shape.
For the hair, start by measuring the length of the oven mitt onto your dowel and adding a few inches. Mark that spot with a pencil.Then wrap the dowel in yarn up to your mark. Secure the yarn with a bit of hot glue.Grab a piece of cardboard that is the length you want your hair to be. Then wrap your yarn around the cardboard about 50-60 times.Remove the yarn from the cardboard and place it around your dowel. Start spreading the yarn across the wrapped portion of the dowel. Try to make the top of your dowel have more hair than the rest. Once the yarn is in position, run hot glue along the yarn and wiggle the yarn in the glue to create a good hold. Last, snip the loops so that they turn into strands.
To attach the head to the stick, run a bead of hot glue down one end of the dowel and push it down onto one side of the open oven mitt. Repeat on the other side.
Attach a piece of ribbon around the nose of the horse.Finally, attach a long piece of ribbon to either side of the head.
If you want to create this in bulk, I recommend completing each step for each of your horses before moving onto the next.We placed all of our horses into a tall laundry basket and placed it at the start of the race.The kids went running when they saw all the stick horses. And they were off to the races.
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Don’t forget to pin this DIY Stick Horse to your Crafts Pinterest board!
Party activities and favors in one are the best!