Dolls House Toys - Make a miniature Hobby Horse for the Nursery

Jane Harrop shows us how to make a miniature hobby horse for the dolls house children to play with ...

Hobby Horse

You will need:

• Toy farm plastic horse
• 3” (75mm) length of 3/32” (2.5mm) wooden dowel
• Brown and black bunka (lampshade fringing)
• Black polymer clay
• Tacky glue

Step 1

Cut the head with a section of neck off the plastic horse.

Use a drill with 3/32” (2.5mm) drill bit to make a hole in the base of the neck, deep enough to fit the end the wooden dowel and secure using a dab of glue.

Step 2

Take the brown bunka and pull a thread at the end to curl and elongate the braid.

Rub over the bottom section of the neck with a thin even layer of tacky glue and start to wind the frayed bunka around, so that you begin to cover the plastic in one neat and even layer.

Step 3

Continue the procedure up the horse’s head by applying glue and covering one small section at a time and working with one long length. There is no need to cut the bunka until the end, unless you come to an awkward area.

Step 4

Carefully apply some tacky glue along the section of the head where the mane would be, then gently lay some frayed black bunka. 

Step 5

Make the bridle and reins from unfrayed black bunka and glue into place.

Make two small eyes and a nose from black polymer clay and once baked glue into place. 

© Jane Harrop

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