I have been obsessed with horses since I was 6 years old. I started taking riding lessons when I was 8 and got a horse of my own when I was 10. I competed in hunter/jumper until my freshman year of high school. If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen my horse-crazy-girl board named “i still dream of horses”. Needless to say, I still get starry-eyed whenever I am in close proximity to anything equine. So this Dala horse project is basically a mix of some of my favorite things:
lots of color ✓
my girls ✓
my husband ✓
recycled art material ✓
really awesome alt/indie/folksy holiday mix ✓
Remember how we filled our Advent Calendar with experiences that we could do as a family? Well, yesterday was make a holiday craft together day and this was the perfect project to do as a family.
utility knife (grownups only)
dot to dot markers
duct tape - blue, white, gold, red
acrylic paint - white, red, turquoise, teal blue
1. Cut your box into square sections (the bigger the square, the bigger your horse).
2. Freehand your Dala horse shape or print a “Dala horse template” from the internet. If you want to make a big one, just adjust your ‘scale’ settings on your printer. You will probably have to print it out in sections and piece it back together like a puzzle, but you will get a consistent shape that you can then replicate.
3. Cut your Dala shape with a sharp utility knife.
4. Decorate! We used different materials for each of our horses.
Harper (age 5) used dot markers
Riley (age 10) used chalk markers
Paul and I did a collaborative horse with duct tape and paint
We decided that we wanted our horse to have a faded red color so I painted on diluted acrylic and rubbed it with a baby wipe, which created a red stain for our horse’s coat: