DIY Stick Horses

Adorable stick horses- such a great gift ideaMany of us can remember back to a time in our life when we had a stick horse laying around. They are classic toys and classic for a reason! To this day, stick horses are great toy to spark a child's imagination!  DIY Stick Horse Steps1. Supplies: fabric, stuffing, yarn, long wooden dowels, styrofoam balls, felt. 2. Carve out a portion of the styrofoam ball and glue the stick into the ball. 3. Cut out your horse head from your fabric. Cut yarn (about 30 inches) and double over. 4. Sew around the perimeter of the horse head, adding the yarn in as you go. Make sure to leave the bottom or "neck" open. This is where you will add your stuffing.  5. Turn the horse head inside out and begin stuffing.  6. Once you have the horse head mostly stuffed, insert the ball into the neck and finish stuffing around the ball. Hand-stitch the opening closed. 7. Cut out the horse's ears and stitch around the perimeter. Turn right-side out and hand-stitch in place. 8. Add details such as a bridle and eyes. For these horses, I cut eyelashes from black felt and used fabric glue to glue them into place. I used the sewing machine to sew strips of scrap leather together to create the bridle and reins.  DIY Stick Horse Gift idea- DIY Stick Horses Adorable DIY stick horsesI've been making these horses for all the nieces and nephews! I'm hoping these will be fun toys they will cherish for years to come. xo. Katie

  • hi i would love to get this pattern but i cant find the download link/button

  • Aislinn, We don’t have a pattern. Just try to copy the shapes in the photos that Katie created. It’s really an easy project! 🙂 XO! Elsie

  • Hi, do you have a pattern for the these you can share. I am not very good at this so a pattern would be helpful.

  • These are so cute! I want one 😉


  • My brothers and I also had these as kids. Such fun!
    How practical to use a Styrofoam ball to give it some substance. I love the “girl” horse with the hair bow. And then to read about Jessica Marie’s childhood horse (comment above) with a mane of periwinkle blue yarn and pearl-studded ribbon. I know some little girls who would love a girly horse.
    And I love the idea of making these out of old shirts.
    Wonder if I have time to make some of these hobby horses in time for Christmas.

  • Posts like this make me so excited to have kids, so I can make fun and unique things for them to grow up with. Thank you for sharing them!

  • I love these, and plan to make these for my horse mad 5 yr old twins! However, it’s really important to put something on the bottom (like an old pram wheel or a rubber door stopper) so you don’t have a raw end of dowel wrecking your floors or little feet!

  • So gorgeous and cute. I know my boys would love these!
    You inspire and impress me every day, girls!
    Ronnie xo

  • These are too freakin cute. I’d love to make these for my nieces and nephew someday!

  • What a really great idea!!! I am definitely going to be trying this DIY! I think i may just sew a head onto a mop though and use the mop yarn as the hair.. to save a step or two. but these are really adorable.


  • These are soo lovely but I bought one for my daughter a couple of years ago thinking she would love it as a christmas surprise. She screamed and we had to hide it in the shed until we could give it to someone else. Beware…….

  • My daughter is going to DIE when I make this for her. She’s obsessed with Jessie from Toy Story and so this is perfect! Thank you SO much for posting!

  • These are adorable! I loved stick horses as a kid. Would you mind providing a patter for the head? That would be amazing! 🙂

  • These are perfect: I have just ordered my balls! Making them for a friends two sweet boys. Also – you guys have like the best jobs in the world!

  • OHHH Those are LOVELY. My MIL made ones made entirely out of paper and recycled cardboard and the kids (5 & 2) play with them all the time 🙂 Something about horses and hopping around.

  • OMG – these are so ADORBS! LOVE them! These would be great for Christmas gifts!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  • That is just about the most adorable toy I have ever seen! What a special Christmas gift that would make! They are a lovely design element too, grouped like that. 🙂

  • Katie, these are beautiful. Have you thought about selling them, along with your other creatures?

  • These stick horses are so adorable!!! I can not wait until my little girl is big enough to play with it so I can make one for her!!! So cute!!!

  • They look so cute! the one with the bow is beautiful

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  • Those are the prettiest stick horses I’ve ever seen. I imagine your nieces and nephews are going to love them!
    Catherine Denton

  • So cute !
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  • These are absolutely amazing!! I just wish we had little people around the right age to make them for! A few a bit too small so I will keep this for in a few years 😉

    One of the best DIY’s i’ve seen on here – and that’s saying something! Thanks Katie

  • Awww, so cute DIY! I might just make one for me 😉

  • Wow, that is amazing. Perfect idea like a present for childre. Have a nice day.

  • These are awesome! I used to have a hobbie horse when i was little and I loved it

  • Christmas gifts for cousins – sorted!
    Isabella xo

  • Oh my gosh, these are super cute! I don’t know of any kids to make them for but I think I might just make them for show!

  • These are so stinkin’ cute! Toys like these have a way of bringing back floods of happy memories from my childhood – thanks for that.

  • Awww too cute! What a great gift idea for the niece and nephew. LOVE the pretty eyelashes 🙂

  • This is uber cute! I never imagine we could make this ourselves! You are so creative!

    Fang Ting

  • So cute!
    Perfect Christmas gift for the little ones.


  • These are so cute! I wish I had a little person to make these for!

  • so sweet. we called them ‘hobbie horses’ I don’t know if that is a British term 😉

  • Super cute idea for little ones!

    xo Jennifer

  • Oh yes, these are so cute! We live in Wyoming and they sell them here for $40 at the cowboy store nearby! These are much more cost effective I would think and way cuter. Thanks for sharing, girls!

  • Aggggh, these are SO CUTE! I have been on the lookout for a fun gift for my 15 month old nephew! I think he is a bit young for this still but I am definitely filing this idea away for years to come.

  • Ugh. I love these. My mom made each of my brothers and me one when we were young. The boys’ were made from old men’s shirts…they were plaid and denim. True cowboy horses. Mine, though…mine was something different. Mine was made of this blue flower-patterned fabric…it’s mane was periwinkle blue yarn with strands of pearl-studded ribbons going through it. Its eyes were perfect. Of course, it was too beautiful for a little tomboy, so I played with the boys’. That worked out, though, because mine has been preserved whereas theirs….well, let’s just say they’re gone. One may have suffered a heroic death when it became a war-horse.

    Anyway, I love these. Thank you for making age-appropriate toys for kids…toys that let them be kids. Toys that don’t ask kids to be teens. Crafts that don’t cause teens to be adults. Let’s all be little…

  • I had a vintage one of these as a child at my grandparent house! It brings back great memories 🙂
    This is a lovely version!

  • Katie I love your DIY projects. Especially because they are family oriented since you have kids! Love them, and these are awesome.
    Almost Endearing

  • These are so cute! My three year old just saw the picture and said “I can’t decide which one I want!” Definitely making these for Christmas 😉 Thank you!

  • That’s an amazing idea ! My son got one for Christmas last year and he loved it so much !

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