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How to make an inexpensive DIY stick horse

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.

No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store

DIY Stick Horse

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.  Then we headed to the craft store and grabbed a few other inexpensive supplies.

**Edited to add: Over 2 years later and these oven mitt stick horses have held up.  Mr. Monster “rides” his through the house at least once a day.

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Yield: 1 Stick Horse

How to create a no-sew stick horse

No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store

Create a simple no-sew hobby horse with this step-by-step tutorial.

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Instructions

  1. Start by attaching an eye to each side of your oven mitt using hot glue.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  2. Next, glue together the two cups at the openings.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  3. Push the cups into the large section of the oven mitt. This helps your horse keep its shape.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  4. 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.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  5. Then wrap the dowel in yarn up to your mark. Secure the yarn with a bit of hot glue.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  6. 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.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar storeRemove 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.
  7. 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.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar storeNo Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  8. Attach a piece of ribbon around the nose of the horse.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store
  9. Finally, attach a long piece of ribbon to either side of the head.No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar storeNo Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store

If you want to create this in bulk, I recommend completing each step for each of your horses before moving on to the next.

No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store

We placed all of our horses into a tall laundry basket and placed them at the start of the race.

No Sew Stick Horse-Tutorial for creating diy horses with cheap supplies from the dollar store

The kids went running when they saw all the stick horses. And they were off to the races.

Justin Time Party Activity for a Justin Time themed party based off of the Netflix original show Justin Time Go

More ways to make a fun hobby horse toy

  • Create a classic sock stick horse
  • Use up an old pool noodle from last summer
  • Grab a free pattern for a felt horses head
  • Grab these ideas and more in our collection of stick horse DIY ideas.

This project is great for making in bulk. Especially since there is no sewing machine required. It’s a fun project that will provide hours of fun for little girls and boys.

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Tips for making a hobby horse.

The basic concept of attaching a horse head to a stick is not new. Kids have been playing with these classic toys for years. Here are some tips for making this easy stick horse.

  • You can try adding a styrofoam ball or soft stuffing material to the nose, instead of the cups. It may hold up better.
  • Make a more glamorous hobby horse by adding a fun feather boa or choosing fun colors for the hair.
  • The wooden dowels will make up the base of the horse. Choose a size that is appropriate for the amount of use. After years of play, these were the parts that broke in the end. I still have a horse’s head in my house. horse eyes
  • If you don’t want to buy a wooden stick, find an old wooden broomstick instead.
  • You could swap the ribbon for a thicker brown cord, for a more realistic look. Or you could use a beaded necklace for a fun twist.
  • Make sure the position of the eyes matches on each side of the face.

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Patty

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

I just reread your supply list...is said paper cups, not paper clips! Lol!

Patty

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

What were the two paper clips for? They are in the supply list. I love your stick horses! So cute!

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