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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