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Elliott has pretty much always loved horses. But for some strange inexplicable reason, he has never had a hobby horse! Huge parent fail. So I thought I would remedy that with this! And with the gift giving season coming up, a hobby horse would make the perfect gift for any little ones on your list. It's super easy to make and you most likely have just about everything you will need to make a few. Minus the large dowel rod. But any craft store will have them for super cheap! I even am including a printable horse head template to make things easier on you. You're welcome. Now, let's make a hobby horse!

Here's what you will need:

  • Cardboard 
  • Template
  • Duct tape
  • Large dowel rod
  • Scissors
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Xacto knife
  • Industrial glue

Start by printing off the template, tracing it onto some cardboard and cutting the shape out. I used a trifold display board for my cardboard, but anything will work! 


Now that we have our heads cut out, it's time to decorate with the duct tape! I went with black and white but you can do any color combo your little one will love. Make it fun with some eyes, nostrils and if you are feeling really ambitious, maybe a mane! 


You will want to be sure to make your heads opposite so they will fit together inside the dowel rod creating a two sided hobby horse. Or just do one head and decorate both sides! 


Next is a the tricky part. At least for me! You will want to measure and with the saw, cut a slit into the top of your dowel rod just barely thick enough to fit the cardboard heads inside snugly. Try and cut a little deeper than you might think too. The horse head can be top heavy and fall out. Again, tricky. I also decorated my dowel rod with a few strips of duct tape. Totally optional. Once your slit is cut, use the industrial glue to secure the head in place.


And that's it! Now have fun being chased by a cute kid on a good lookin' horse all day.