I originally saw this idea to make horses from pool noodles here. I decided to try my hand at it and make a few modifications for our Cowboy Party.
- Pool noodle
- elastic band - * I used a thick one that comes on veggies because it was nice and strong.
- Twine, raffia, thin leather or string
- Felt square - brown
- Googly Eyes - large size
- Glue Gun with low temperature glue
- Fold the top portion of the pool noodle over to create the face of your horse.
- Secure the folded pool noodle with an elastic band.
- Cut a long piece of your twine (approx. arms length) and tie it around the folded part of the pool noodle covering the elastic. You can wrap it a few times and leave some long ends hanging to replicate reins.
- Cut approximately 15 pieces of yarn for the mane. They should be about 12" long each.
- Using the glue gun, put the glue on the yarn, allow it to cool for a moment or two then press them to the top of the horse's head. I put another bit of glue just past the bend of the head to ensure the mane sat properly.
- Repeat step 5 with all your pieces of yarn, spreading them out so that the mane covers the head completely.
- Using the glue gun, put a dab of glue on each eye and allow it to cool a moment then press them onto the sides of the face.
- Cut a 1" x 8" piece of felt.
- Fold the felt in half length-wise and cut a point at the non-folded end.
- Re-fold the felt in half width-wise and slip it between the folds of the pool noodle.
- Secure the ears to the pool noodle by putting a dab of glue on each ear, allowing it to cool a moment then pressing the ear to the side of the pool noodle.
NOTE: Whenever you are gluing anything to the noodle, put the glue on the item that you are going to add rather than directly on the noodle. Allow it to slightly cool before attaching it to the noodle so the noodle doesn't melt.