diy stick horse tutorial

Stick Horses are a crowd pleaser when it comes to playtime but the real fun begins at MAKING it, this EASY stick horse tutorial is a cinch to put together with supplies you likely already have around the house!

Stick Horses are a crowd pleaser when it comes to playtime… kids of all ages love to run around and pretend they are a cowboy or cowgirl but the fun begins at MAKING it! A big thank you to the cute sisters at Junk In Their Trunk for sharing this DIY. 🙂

easy stick horse tutorial

The great thing about these easy stick horses is that they can be made with items you already have at your house and they will be a GUARANTEE hit with the kiddos. The best part is they can be customized to meet your kids individual personalities!

how to make a stick horse

Making a stick horse is super easy, fast and cheap! Kids will love helping make this project and you can get it done in about 30 minutes, mom win!

Supplies needed:
  • PVC pipe (mine were 3 feet long)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Yarn
  • Googly eyes
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Large needle
  • Sock with colored tip
  • Batting to stuff sock

Cost to make a stick horse

I spent a total of $3 on this project… here’s the breakdown on the supply costs:
  • $1.79 for 10 feet of PVC pipe which I had cut into (3) 3 feet sections so thats $.60 cents for 1.
  • $3.49 for yarn (I used hardly any of it. I could probably make 15 more horses with my leftover yarn so lets estimate $1 for yarn even though that’s estimating high)
  • $.39 for googly eyes
  • $.39 for felt
  • $1 for a pair of color tipped socks (really we should put $.50 since you only need one)
  • $0 for spray paint that I already had
  • $0 for stuffing… I just ripped up an old pillow and used that for my stuffing

how to make a stick horsE

Here are the steps to making your own stick (or PVC) horse.

  1. First is to get your PVC pipe cut. I made mine 3 feet long but by all means do any size you want. I just bought my PVC pipe at a local hardware store and it came in a 10 foot piece. They cut the pipe into (3) 3 feet lengths. The next step is optional. I didn’t want my stick horse to have a white stick so I opted to spray paint mine. I just happened to have some Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint laying around so I gave a few coats of paint to give it that cute color.]
  2. After getting your PVC ready you will next take your sock and start stuffing it. Stuff away, ladies. Like I mentioned earlier I couldn’t find batting so I just ripped open an old pillow and dug to my hearts content. I will admit that I think I stuffed it too much. I wish I had given it a little more give but we live and learn.
  3. After stuffing the sock you will next take the sock and place it over the PVC pipe. Make sure to push it so the head doesn’t bob around too much.
  4. Next I fold the sock up a little and put hot glue up near the top of the PVC pipe and then fold the sock over it. Make sure to gather the sock up towards the back of the PVC pipe
  5. Next you will take your yarn and start wrapping it around the base of where the sock and PVC pipe meet up.  [I like to put a little hot glue and glue a little section and then start twisting it around. Make sure you wrap it tight and that each strand is right next to the other. When you get to the end I just tucked the strand into the row below and then took a little tacky glue and place a dab on top of it to better secure it.]
This is how it will look after you finish wrapping. I left the bottom piece uncovered but you could cover it if you wanted to.
6. Next step is to make the horses face. Take your felt and make 2 small circles (the nostrils), 2 bigger ovals/cirlces (eyes), and 2 heart shapes (ears). The great thing about this is you don’t need to be perfect. In fact my circles and hearts are so awful I think my 4 year old could of cut them better.
7. I started by gluing the small circles (nostrils) right where the color starts on the sock (slightly above). Then I hot glue the googly eyes onto the oval/circle felt pieces and then hot glue them onto the sock.
8. I then put a dab of hot glue on one side of the top of the heart (bottom left picture) and then press the tops together (bottom right picture). Basically the bottom point of the heart will become the tip of the ear.
9. After gluing the heart together you will then put another small dab of hot glue on the bottom part of the glued ear and then glue it onto the sock wherever you want.
Here is how my horse face looked:
10. The last step is to put the horses mane in. I cut my yarn in 10 inch strips (again, go as long or as short as you want). Next you will take those strips and thread them through the top part of your sock. I started on the colored part (the heel of the sock) and worked my way down. I found that the more strands you could get in each stitch the better it looked. 4 is the preferable amount for me. Once it is threaded through you then do a fancy double knot:
And you will continue doing this all the way down the back of the sock. That’s it. Ta-da!

For another twist, spray paint an old broom stick and cut up old jeans for the ears then superglue them together so the front and back look the same.

Then I just glued it on to the sock. I also added a reign to mine with a scrap piece of leather. It wasn’t long enough to make it all fancy so I just tied a knot around the nose and another at the end.I then started to tie the yarn in for the man; I opted for the thicker yarn so I wouldn’t have to do as much work. I love how it turned out and was so fun to make. The best part is how easy and creative you can be with it!

The very last step is to watch your own cowboy or cowgirl RIDE! Yee-haw!

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  1. Perfect for a kids craft! Love the different versions- thanks for sharing!


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