Here are some stick horses that I made last month!
I had this grand idea of handing them out as party favors for my daughter's birthday party (I'm not sure what I was thinking?) and after searching endlessly online for inexpensive ones, I finally just decided to make my own. To see the rest of the party, click here.
So here's a quick tutorial of how I made them.
I would NOT suggest trying to crank out 16 before a party (again, what was I thinking?), but making 1 is super easy & super cheap! By my 3rd one, I was able to complete one, start to finish in 20 minutes. The most time consuming part is getting happy with your pattern. It's all down hill from there.
Step 1: Draw a head pattern out of a paper bag and cut out your material.
Fold yarn into the seam of the mane and sew everything together, inside out.
Step 2: Flip the head right-side out and trim up any yarn pieces.
Step 3: Cut pointy ears out of felt and glue together with a glue gun, pinching the bottom until the glue has dried.
Step 4: Hand-stitch the ears on, but then cheat and use fabric glue for the eyes and bridle.
Step 5: Stuff the heads.
Step 6: Push the dow rod (covered with Gorilla glue or hot glue) all the way into the horse's head. And then finish stuffing the neck of the horse.
Step 7: Use fabric glue and fold-in the material at the bottom. Try to keep the glue on the inside. I used clips to hold it shut for a few hours until the glue was completely dry.
And there you go. Your very own stick horse!
Your kids will love it!
If you need more clarification, dimensions, etc, just let me know!!
I've received a lot of emails asking if I make and sell these horses in different fabrics. As much as I would like to, I just don't have enough time to be taking orders right now.
I will however, cut out a pattern for the horse's head & ears for $12 for you. If you'd like me to do that, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org