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DIY Stick Horse (minus the stick)

Well, it’s rodeo time down here in these parts. Well, for some people it seems to be. I’m not much of a rodeo gal myself–I much prefer cooler, less dusty adventures, but that doesn’t mean we skip the rodeo themed fun! Our preschool is really great about putting together engaging home projects & the most recent involved a request for a stick horse for the upcoming rodeo–F U N!!

I decided to try to avoid the hard, pointy object that is usually part of a typical stick horse so after poking around pinterest (with seriously limited findings) and a good imagination, this is what we came up with! Here’s what you need!


  • pool noodle
  • trim (or ribbon or twine), about 2 yds
  • hot glue gun
  • fabric scraps (for the mane)
  • felt (for the ears)
  • buttons (or anything else you can dream up, for the eyes & nose)
  • & if you’re feeling fancy, an old (or clearance) pair of sweater tights, kid sized

This was allllll caroline. She picked the tights ($2 clearance, target), then we slipped them over the noodle. We used the trim to secure the noodle together after we bent it over & made some reigns. Then she went through my scraps and picked out her favorite colors. Turquoise & “gween” ears. :) With bows, of course. & “cute yittle buttons” for the eyes and nose. I couldn’t talk her into two nostrils, so one’ll have to do. ;)

For the mane I just knotted little strips of fabric & hot glued them down the tights. She picked the order. I was under quite some pressure: no two of the same touching. Thankyouverymuch. (so proud!)

“Wainbow Sp-wink-uwl” has now accompanied us to Lowe’s and took a nap on the stairs and is tucked in tight next to her mama for the night. Oh, the joy! I hope she doesn’t look too obviously raised by a non-Texan when she shows up in turquoise gingham, pink rain boots & this thing for the big day. HA! Whatev. We’re just not cowgirls…but we sure know how to work a theme. ;)

Happy horsey making!


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  • Emma - This just makes me “Happy”. Wish I was down there to enjoy rodeo too. Ya’ll have fun! xoReplyCancel

  • angie - This is too cute!! ..adorable DIY :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - fantastic tutorial!!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Megan - Love it! What a great project – will have to add this to the list of projects!ReplyCancel

  • michelle - You are SO creative and talented!! What an awesome DIY!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaylie - You posted this at the most perfect time! My 4 year old has suddenly developed a passion for horses (we’re actually going to visit some at the Academy today). I think this is going to be a perfect project for us to do in the very very near future. Thanks for posting! Love your creativity!ReplyCancel

  • Marci - I was just thinking I could totally make one of these after we were playing with one at our local toy store. Love the pool noodle idea as the base! And tights! sounds super easy… going to tackle this one soon! Thanks for sharing…ReplyCancel

  • Caressa - Omg such a good idea! I love it!!!! Can’t wait to start making some for my kidos!!!! Thanks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Donya - A couple of friends and I were just joking about using rain boots instead if boots for rodeo day! So funny. :) Love that horse!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! I’m making one – I don’t care if Grace can’t even walk yet ReplyCancel

  • Amanda :: Grace & Gusto - Oh. My. Gosh. So cute! I love DIY toys and am definitely Pinning this for later (my babe’s only 6 months). Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - You are very talented! Absolutely love this, going to shop for materials and make one for my girl and another for my boy. Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi Jo - This Texas mommy thinks your horse is ADORABLE! And us native Texans love to rock the color in our wardrobe, too. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Traci - I pinned this project in the winter when pool noodles weren’t around. I finally made it and my two year is over the moon! Cutest and easiest project ever! Thanks for sharing!@ReplyCancel

  • Child Safe DIY Stick Horse • MY DIY CHAT • DIY Projects, Crafts, Gifts and More! - […] I’ve seen some cute stick horse projects but none of them is like this one. There’s no actual ” stick ” involved. No pointy wood is super safe for a small toddler. Only a really mindful and creative mom can make this. (Thanks to Shawna from Stlyeberry) […]ReplyCancel

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