Are you looking for a fun and festive way to show off your love of horses this holiday season? Look no further than these 14 DIY horse Christmas ornaments! From simple and elegant to fun and quirky, there’s an option here for everyone, no matter your skill level. So, get creative and start spreading the holiday cheer!
The 14 Awesome DIY Horse Christmas Ornaments
1. Super Simple Horse Ornament by xoxo Grandma
|Materials:||Plastic toy horse, silver spray paint, eye screw (1/4” x 2”), spackle or putty, decorative ribbon or twine|
No handyman skills are required here! This super simple horse ornament enables you to re-purpose a toy horse. You can use an old one that your kids no longer play with or pick one up from your local dollar store. Spackle the toy horse to make it smooth, and spray paint it silver. Add an eye screw and decorative ribbon, and voilà! Once the paint dries, your ornament is complete.
2. Horse Head Christmas Ornament by Horse Lover’s Math
|Materials:||Fine thread or yarn, 7” wide piece of cardboard, glue, needle and thread, ribbon, stick-on craft eyes, felt, foil, beads, sequins, bells|
This horse head ornament uses a variety of craft materials but doesn’t require much skill. Use your favorite color of yarn for the horse body, and pick up stick-on eyes from the craft store to make it realistic. The rest is up to you! Decorate it with beads, sequins, and bells. There’s even an option to make a foil horn and turn it into a unicorn ornament.
3. Horse Head Christmas Wreath by Chica and Jo
|Materials:||Scrap plywood, dark-green spray paint, pine boughs, an evergreen garland, red velvet ribbon, mini jingle bells|
|Tools:||Jigsaw, staple gun and staples, hot glue gun|
While this gorgeous horse head wreath is too big for a Christmas tree, you can use it to adorn your front door this holiday season. You’ll need handyman skills for this project, though, as it requires drawing and cutting out a horse head with a jigsaw.
You’ll cover the plywood with green spray paint and evergreen garland. Pick up floral arrangement pine boughs at the craft shop for the mane. Red ribbon and jingle bells form a halter and buckles.
4. Handmade Felt Horse Head Ornament by Better Housekeeper
|Materials:||8×10” piece of felt, 8 mm black sequins, six black glass beads, 10 inches of gold cord, two star fasteners, leather cord or ribbon, 6” yarn, black thread, candy cane|
|Tools:||Embroidery needle or hot glue gun, scissors|
If you’re extra crafty, try this handmade felt horse head ornament that can be made in any color that you want. You have the option to stitch your horse together or use a hot glue gun if your embroidery skills aren’t up to snuff. Use the pattern to cut out your felt pieces. Sew the bottom closed, or add a candy cane to make it a hobby horse.
5. Hobby Horse Ornament by Tanith Rowan Designs
|Materials:||Small fabric pieces, contrasting felt, beads or small buttons, shoelaces, stuffing, ribbon, stick, thread, glue|
This hobby horse ornament uses leftover scrap fabric and household items to make a tree ornament. You can make it in any color that you like. This pattern is for a horse, but there’s an antler option if you want to make reindeer too.
6. Stitched Dala Horse Christmas Ornaments by The Homesteady
|Materials:||Blue felt, red felt, horse-shaped cookie cutter, stuffing, embroidery thread, gold thread|
Add Swedish-inspired ornaments to your tree! For this project, you’ll need basic sewing and embroidery skills, as dala horses are heavily patterned and stitched. It’s definitely worth it, though. These ornaments are not just beautiful; they’re also unbreakable!
7. Cork Horse Christmas Ornament by Mom Does Reviews
|Materials:||Five wine corks, gold tinsel, red chenille stem, two small pom poms, two wiggly eyes, plaid ribbon, gold cord|
|Tools:||Glue gun, craft knife, scissors, ruler, pencil|
This cork horse Christmas ornament can be made entirely out of materials that you find at the dollar store. It does require fine cutting, so it’s not an appropriate craft for children. If you’re not a fan of cork, paint your horse any color that you want when you’re done!
8. DIY Christmas Horseshoe by Horse Nation
|Materials:||Horseshoes, leather lace, Mod Podge, metal adhesive, ribbon, seasonal garland|
If you’ve got old horseshoes lying around, this DIY Christmas horseshoe ornament is the perfect way to make them into something special! You can hang it on the tree or on the wall to add equine flair to your home. You can buy stock shoes at your local farm supply store if you don’t have used horseshoes. Make sure the leather lace fits through the nail holes for easy hanging.
9. Paper Tube Horse Ornament by One Mama’s Daily Drama
|Materials:||Newspaper, toilet paper tubes, craft sticks, paper, red and white craft paints, white tissue paper, ribbon, Christmas candy or small chocolates|
|Tools:||Ruler, pencil, single-hole punch, scissors, glue stick, hot glue gun, paintbrushes|
For a craft that the kids can enjoy making, try this paper tube horse ornament. Empty toilet paper tubes make up the body of the horse, craft sticks form the legs, and the head is cut out of paper. This pattern uses the traditional Swedish red-and-white dala horse colors, but any color will do. Thread a ribbon through the top, and it’s ready to hang on the tree!
10. Personalized Holiday Horse Ornament by Horse Illustrated
|Materials:||Unfinished wooden horses, acrylic craft paint, permanent markers, ribbon, alphabet beads, high gloss sealer, glitter, sequins, glue|
A personalized holiday horse ornament makes a great gift for the equestrian in your life. Unfinished wooden horse ornaments are easy to find in craft stores or to purchase online. Paint and decorate them any way that you’d like, then use the alphabet beads to spell out the horse’s name.
11. DIY Glittery Holiday Horse Ornament by Horse & Heels
|Materials:||Plastic toy horses, glitter, Mod Podge, ornament strings|
|Tools:||Small paint brush|
Add equine sparkle to your tree with these easy DIY glittery holiday-horse ornaments. This ornament is easy to make, even for craft-challenged individuals. You’re simply going to cover a toy horse with glitter and tie a ribbon around it. Be careful where you do this one, though. Glitter sticks to everything, so make sure to cover your space appropriately.
12. Paper Rocking Horse Ornament by Crafting My Home
|Materials:||Glue, two sheets of cardstock (one brown, one cream)|
|Tools:||Scissors, X-acto knife, needle and thread|
Are you not feeling particularly crafty? These rocking horse ornaments are made entirely out of paper. All you need is two sheets of cardstock and the pattern. Cut out the puzzle pieces, and fit them together to make a holiday rocking horse.
13. Candy Cane Horses by Horse Nation by Life Beyond the Kitchen
|Materials:||Candy canes, worsted weight yarn, fine yarn, glue|
|Tools:||Double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, scissors, crochet hook|
These candy cane horses will require knitting skills, but the pattern is relatively easy. The knitted I-cord tube is fitted around a candy cane and embellished with stick-on eyes and a cord halter for the finishing touch.
14. DIY Horseshoe Ornament by Horse Nation
|Materials:||Horseshoes, paint, decorations|
|Tools:||Drill, varnish remover attachment, wire wheel|
This is a different variation of the horseshoe ornament that requires handyman skills. If you’re using old horseshoes, you’ll need them clean, which is what the varnish remover and wire wheel are for. You’ll need a drill or a drill press to drill out a few of the nail holes. After that, it becomes a fun art project.
Thread fancy ribbon through the drilled-out holes, add a Christmas ball in the center, glue on sparkly beads, or wrap the horseshoes in garland. The sky’s the limit for creativity on this one!
These DIY horse Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add a touch of personalization to your holiday décor. They also make great gifts for the equestrian in your life. What are you waiting for? Get started on a DIY horse Christmas ornaments today!
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