DIY Stick Horse (Minus the Stick)

It's summer time (yaaaaay!!) & that means time for all those creative projects that get stuck on the back burner during the hectic school year. Here's one of our favorites–a perfect activity for those too-hot-to-be-outside days!!

Get ready for some indoor rodeo-ing! I wanted to find an alternative to 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 my daughter's choosing. 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! Happy horsey making!  

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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl & a snuggly little guy, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood atstyleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.

  • Mikayla Glover

    Very cute Idea!! I love it!