My step mom (who came from CA for the party) was awesome enough allow me to put her to work on her second day out here. She made these stick horses for our Flying Horse Derby game.
The inspiration came from these stick horses, which I (of course) found on Pinterest. The woman on that blog said she was able to crank one horse out in 10 minutes. Let me tell you–they take WAY longer than 10 minutes. We made 4 horses, and they took my step mom about 4 hours. Mind you, she was letting the kids “help”, which always makes the process go slower. But if you’re doing all of this stuff for the kids, shouldn’t you let them help?
I’m so grateful that she helped me put these together, because they turned out super adorable and the Flying Horse Derby game was a hit at the party.
Supplies for this craft:
- Brooms from the Dollar Store
- White socks from the Dollar Store
- Googly eyes
- Rope from the Dollar Store
- Hot Glue
- Fairy Wings from the Dollar Store
- Plastic grocery bags
First thing to do is to stuff each sock with plastic grocery bags. This takes a lot of bags, because you want each horse head to be nice and firm so that it stands up on it’s own.
Next, you will need to remove the broom head off of each broomstick. The ones that I got twisted right off.
Then you push the end of the broomstick through the sock; this is the horse’s neck. Hot glue the opening of the sock around the broomstick.
Then tie rope around the bit of sock that you just hot glued to the stick.
Next, cut off a long piece of rope for the reins. Find the middle of the piece and place that on top of the horse’s nose, threading it down on either side of the horse’s face, tying it underneath the neck.
Let each piece of the rope fall on either side of the broomstick, and tie the ends together, fraying the rope to make it look pretty.
Then hot glue the googly eyes on either side of the head.
Now I chose to use stringy stuff that I found at the Dollar Store for the mane. But it didn’t take well to the hot glue and ended up shedding everywhere as a consequence. I wish I hadn’t of been so cheap and would have spent the $6 on raffia. So, please, do yourself a favor and splurge on the raffia.
We added fairy wings because we were making flying horse from Sofia the First. The wings were really easy to add on; we just tied the strings that were supposed to go around the kid’s arms around the broomstick.
The Flying Horse Derby was a huge success with the kids!
Of course, Mom and Dad raced each other too. I may have cheated….
I’m estimating that the total cost for each horse was around $3. Not too shabby, and definitely worth all the fun we had with them.