I found this stick horse tutorial from The Country Chic Cottage and knew I needed to make them for my girls for Christmas. I was already thinking of making them stick horses and then I found this tutorial! I made a few adjustments and they turned out so cute! My sisters and I had some as kids and we loved them! I know my kids are going to love these too!
Here’s what you need:
2 Key rings
2 Buttons for eyes
2 inch Styrofoam ball
5/8 inch dowel 36 inches long
Here’s how to make it!
First you need to cut 2 strips of ribbon 6 inches long and 1 strip 17 inches long.
Then hot glue the ends down to prevent fraying.
Next take your two key rings. Fold the end of each piece of the shorter ribbon around each key ring. Hot glue the folded piece down to create a circle.
Then glue on your long piece to each key ring as well by folding over the end of ribbon and gluing down. And here is your harness.
For the horse mane, cut strips of yarn about 9 inches long. I used a thick soft brown yarn for a fluffy mane. You’ll want to cut quite a few pieces. I used this bunch for two horses.
Now place the harness on the sock. Fill the sock with fiberfill to about two inches before you hit the heel of the sock.
Now you’re going to sew on the mane by folding each piece of yarn in half and using a zig zag stitch to place each piece of yarn on. Make sure you sew in the harness with the yarn just above the ribbed part of the sock. Sew on the yarn until you get to the ribbed part of the sock.
Now add the details. Using the embroidery thread, sew on the buttons for the eyes. I also made ears by cutting a wide triangle (obtuse) out of felt and then folding it so the corners came in the middle. Then sew one down on each side with the embroidery thread.
Then sew on a little smile where the toe of the sock is with embroidery thread.
Sorry I don’t have detailed pictures of this part, but it isn’t too complicated. Next take your Styrofoam and ball make a hole about half way through it with the dowel. Put some hot glue on the end of the dowel, but let it cool for a moment. Hot glue melts Styrofoam. When it’s not as hot, place the dowel in the Styrofoam hole.
Add more fiberfill to the head of the horse and place the Styrofoam ball and dowel in the heel of the sock. Place more fiberfill around it to get it in place. You just have to play with it a little until you get it how you want it. Once the head is full to just below the mane, fold up the sock and tie it all off with a piece of yarn. Then take another decorative ribbon and tie over the yarn and make a nice bow.
And there you have a super cute stick horse that your kids will love to play with!
And don’t forget to check out the other gift ideas on my Handmade Gifts Series!
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