I don't know about you, but for me a hobby horse conjures up memories of childhood, Christmas, and holiday decorations, and we're showing you how to make your own—DIY style!
Step 1: Print, Trace, and Cut
Begin by printing out the template for the horse's head and ears here. Now you can cut out the shape of the horse's head and—using a pencil—trace the shape onto your board.
Step 2: Clamp and Cut
Step 3: Sand for Smoothness
It's time to sand. You can sand this by hand or use an electric sander. Keep in mind, you'll want the end result to be extra smooth to ensure little hands don't get splinters!
Step 4: Drill
Next, secure the horse's head so you'll be able to drill into the bottom of it. We have this handy workbench, but if you don't have something like this, clamping the piece on its side to your work area will be just fine. Measure 2-3" in from the back of the head . Using a 1" spade bit, drill a hole that's 2-3" deep.
Step 5: Attach Dowel
Now we'll secure the dowel in place. You'll need to cut it to be appropriate for the size of the child who will be using it. You can use a handsaw to do this. After cutting the dowel to size, add glue to the hole you just drilled, set the dowel in place, and allow it to dry. By inserting the cut piece into the hole you can also eliminate a step of sanding!
Step 6: Create the Mane
Time to get this horse a mane! Grab the yarn and cut a bunch of 12" pieces—as an alternative to buying yarn, you can also use a mop head!
Staple one piece of yarn along the horse's head in line with where the mane will be, and staple it down every 3-4". Then, tie the 12" lengths of yarn to the piece you've attached to the horse's head.
Step 7: Add Eyes
Next, draw on some eyes. We used an acrylic paint marker for this step (but you can also just use a permanent marker).
Step 8: Make Ears
Locate the ear templates (they are on the same template as the horse's head). Use the template to cut out the ears. We used felt and loved the way it looked.
Step 9: Attach Reins
Finally, add the reins using jute or a similar material.
Love Christmas crafts? Find all of our festive 12 Days of DIY projects here.