Friday, September 16, 2011

Felt Hobby Horse Candy Cane Holder Ornament

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This ornament goes back many, many moons. My grandmother made them for us when we were babies. I'm 50 now so that's over 18,000 moons if my calculations are correct! Anyway, this ornament has been on my tree for as long as I can remember and since my grandma made it, it's even more special to me. My mom has the originals somewhere I'm sure. I recreated it and thought you might enjoy making them for your little (or big) ones. They are super easy and it's basically cut and glue. How easy can you get? I did however update it a wee bit. I don't think grandma had access to wiggle eyes when she made these, and I know she didn't have a glue gun.

If you prefer a PDF version of this pattern, you can pick one up for FREE at my Craftsy Pattern Shop HERE.

Supplies needed to make 3 ornaments:
2 felt squares
3 - 6" pieces of med rick rack
6 - 10 mm size wiggle eyes
3 - 12" pieces of decorative flat braid
6 - 1/2" pom poms
3 candy canes
Glue gun or a thick tacky craft glue
Scissors & pins
Printable pattern (found below this list)
1. Click the horse image above. Save, download, and print out the pattern. Make sure that the line in the image measures 3" for your ornament to be the right size. The pattern is sized at 300 DPI.

2. Stack your two felt pieces together and pin the ornament onto the felt and cut out. You will easily get 3 ornaments.

3. On one of the horses, run a bead of glue down the back from the bottom of the ear to the bottom of the horse. Place the rick rack along this edge so that the "points" extend along the outer edge. Repeat with other two horses.

4. Run a bead of glue around the entire outer edges of horse leaving the bottom completely open. Lay other felt piece on top and press outer edges together. Repeat with other two horses.

5. Glue decorative flat braid to horse as shown in photo. I find that is easiest to leave a little extending at the beginning to trim off later. Flip and repeat on the other side. You will form a loop at the back of the horse. This will be a place to slip the hanger through. Trim of excess edges at nose. Repeat on other two horses.

6. Glue pom pom and wiggle eyes to horse as show in photo. Repeat on other side, and with other two horses.

7. If using a glue gun, make sure to remove any glue strings and slip your candy canes into the horse, hang on your tree, and enjoy!

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  2. Cute horse...this is a great class project!

  3. those are cute. thanks for sharing the pattern

  4. Cute and true they have been around forever!

    Hope you'll sto by my blog today too

  5. Cute!! It's always a trip down memory lane decorating the Christmas tree, remembering where all the ornaments came from. I may have to try those this! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cute horses! I love the idea of no sewing and it looks like the kids can help in making them!
    I pinned this in my DIY board for others to see.

  7. Very cute and nice directions I pinned it my Pinterest board!

  8. These are adorable Sher, thanks for sharing the pattern for them. I still have ornaments that I made my parents as a child...when my mom passed away, the ornaments came to me. It was like a blast from the past seeing ornaments I had made when I was 5...and they are still kicking.


  9. Very cute and so simple! Lovely tutorial. :)

  10. These are so cute and will be great to pass out at school for their Christmas party. Thank you so much for sharing

  11. This would be cute to make for the grandkids!

  12. What a special ornament :)
    And how fun and easy to make!

  13. Aww my baby would love this. Your blog is so great!

  14. My mom made these and I love them. Hers had rick-rack reigns and fringe trim for the manes. Seems like the eye was a sequin. I have missed them so much. They were accidentally given away in a move. Thanks for posting!

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