DIY Horse Christmas Ornament

Looking for a fun craft project to do with your horse crazy kids? Would you like to make a special, handmade gift for that horse person in your life? Here is a Do-It-Yourself project that I have been doing for years and would love to share with you.

My husband's family owns a business in Bar Harbor called In the Woods that sells wooden toys, cutting boards and many other wooden products like ornaments. They have a huge selection of animal ornaments including horses. I have the Rocking Horse and Prancing Pony ornaments for sale on my website so you can try this craft project at home. Click here to view the product page.

Gold Ornament with Red Ribbon

Materials:

  • Spray Paint: I chose a metallic gold that I bought from my local hardware store. You can also buy spray paint at any craft store like JoAnn Fabric, Hobby Lobby and ACMoore. The sky is the limit on all the colors but I really love the gold & silver because it sparkles! 
  • Satin Ribbon: I bought a spool of 5/8" x 10 yd satin ribbon in red (same size as in the photo). A thinner ribbon will be easier to thread through the hole but anything wider will not fit through the ornament hole.
  • Nail or Awl: A regular nail works to push the ribbon through the hole, each hole size is slightly different so you will want to have an assortment of sizes to see what works. I have a stitching awl that works like a nail but has a long handle.
  • Scissors: To cut the ribbon!

How To:

  • Make sure to spray outside and be careful of the toxic fumes! Use a spare piece of wood so you don't get paint all over you! To get into the cracks and crevices angle your spray a little. 
  • Let it dry outside if you can, it is pretty stinky!
  • Cut a piece of ribbon, I cut mine at 18" to give plenty of length for hanging. Angle the end of the ribbon so it is easier to push through the hole.
  • Knot the end and VOILA! You are done!

 

 

Handpainted Ornament with Ribbon

Materials:

  • Acrylic Craft Paint: You can find small tubes of craft paint at JoAnn Fabric, Hobby Lobby, ACMoore or Michaels. They come in TONS of colors and are relatively inexpensive. For this project I used Black, Green, Red, and White.
  • Sharpie Marker or Sharpie Paint Pen: These work really well for writing names and drawing on the bridle.
  • Satin Ribbon: I bought a spool of 1/8" x 10 yd polyester ribbon in black (same size as in the photo). You could also use hemp string or yarn.
  • Nail or Awl: A regular nail works to push the ribbon through the hole, each hole size is slightly different so you will want to have an assortment of sizes to see what works. 
  • Scissors: To cut the ribbon!
  • Small Paintbrushes: You will want an assortment of smaller paintbrushes for the details.
  • Clear Coat: There are different options for a final coat but I prefer to go with a Satin or Gloss on the ornaments because of the shine. You can use the Matte spray as well to seal the paint layers and give it protection without the shine. 

How To:

  • I usually start out by painting a base coat in the color I like but you could also spray paint the basecoat as well. 
  • Let it dry in between layers.
  • Use the smaller brushes to add the details and get into all the cracks and crevices.
  • Customize your ornament with a name if you want to, the Rocking Horse Ornament works really well for this.
  • Spray or paint on the final clear coat for that final layer.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon, I cut mine at 18" to give plenty of length for hanging. Angle the end of the ribbon so it is easier to push through the hole.
  • For this ornament I put the ribbon in the mouth and then threaded it through the hole from both sides. The ends crossed each other in the hole, kinda tricky to get it through that is why you need the thinner ribbon.
  • Knot the end and VOILA! You are done!

Add Some Bling!

If you want to add glitter you can use Mod Podge, Elmer's Glue or Varnish. It works the best to do one side at a time and let it dry. Use a brush to paint on the glue and then sprinkle the glitter onto the horse. It looks the best with Fine Glitter, it sticks better and has a nicer look. You can buy the fine glitter at any craft store. 

Making custom ornaments is also fun for baby showers, wedding party favors and horse themed parties and events. You can also use them to label bridle hangers in your tack room. If you have any questions please leave a comment below or contact me at beginthedance@gmail.com. I hope you have fun making some horse ornaments and send me your photos so I can see the final product! 

If you would like to purchase some Rocking Horse or Prancing Pony Ornaments click here.