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Do It At Home: Make a Hobby Horse 

Published March 30, 2020 at 11:37 a.m. | Updated April 6, 2022 at 9:21 a.m.

click to enlarge The finished hobby horse - ELISA JÄRNEFELT
  • Elisa Järnefelt
  • The finished hobby horse
If you're looking for a craft project that uses household objects, Kids Vermont contributor Elisa Järnefelt has a fun idea. Below, find her visual directions for how to make a hobby horse — a classic toy that kids have been using to gallop around their homes and yards for hundreds of years. All you'll need is a wooden dowel, an old sock, yarn, felt, buttons and some soft material for stuffing. Järnefelt sewed on the horse's button eyes and used a crochet hook to create the mane. However, she says, the eyes can be easily affixed using a hot glue gun. The process of attaching the mane can be simplified by using a needle to pull yarn through the sock (see third drawing). Happy crafting... and yee haw!
click to enlarge ELISA JÄRNEFELT
  • Elisa Järnefelt

click to enlarge ELISA JÄRNEFELT
  • Elisa Järnefelt
Directions for making attaching the yarn mane:
click to enlarge ELISA JÄRNEFELT
  • Elisa Järnefelt

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Elisa Järnefelt

Elisa Järnefelt

Bio:
Elisa Järnefelt is a South Burlington-based illustrator and writer originally from Finland. She enjoys telling complex stories with seemingly simple drawings. Her illustrated column about parenthood appears monthly in Kids VT. You can see more of her drawings at elisajarnefelt.com.
Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Bio:
Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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