How to Make a Hobby Horse

Posted on September 4th, 2016

Trash 2 Treasure September

Well come to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The new school term is upon us and weather you have little ones heading back to school, nursery or playgroup; I hope it is a positive start. From my experience the first weeks back can take a little adjusting to and leave you looking for a quite craft at the weekend or with younger siblings still at home. I have one to share today that might fill that time perfectly. A cute hobby horse made from not much more than an odd sock from Farmer Nick and a stick found on the farm. Being quick and easy to make but with endless possibilities for imaginative play, this hobby horse is a perfect after school or afternoon fill in craft.   

How to Make a Hobby Horse

What you’ll need to make an upcycled hobby horse

  • Old Sock
  • Long straight stick
  • Wool
  • Soft Stuffing – we used old laundry bags, but old material scraps or other odd socks would work
  • Googly Eyes

What You'll Need Hobby Horse


  1. Stuff your sock with your chosen stuffing.
Step 1 Stuff the Sock
Step 2 Put Stick into Heel of Sock
  1. Push the stick through the stuffing and into the heal of the sock.
  1. Take a long piece of wool and wrap it round the toe of the sock and up the sides to form a bridal and reigns. You can do this in sections if you find it easier
Step 3 Use wool to make Bridle
Step 4 Tie wool around the top of the horse to create ears
  1. Tease some stuffing into two sections at the heal of the sock and separate with wool to make ears.
  1. Stick on some googly eyes.
Step 5 sticking on the eye


A Vlog Tutorial on How to Make a Hobby Horse


A few Extras you could try

  • Why not add a colourful rosette to your horse’s bridal.
  • Finger knit your wool first to make the bridal and reins more substantial.
  • Use a shorter stick as a cross section secured with wool as handles.
  • We made these hobby horses as part of our Knights and Dragons activity hour with swards, crowns and shields too.

Knights and Dragons with their Horses

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.  

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.


Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My August winner of the duck tape colours is Liz from Me and My Shadow with an upcycled mosaic tea tray from collected china fragments.  Me and my shaddow August winner tray

As always there were some wonderful upcycled ideas last month, Please keep them coming.

My other favourites during the month were a DIY phone holder from Emma at the Mini Mes and Me and an odd sock toy dog from Jill at Creating my Way to Success

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