I’m so excited for Christmas this year!!! Like, I haven’t been this excited since I was a kid. The reason is…last September, I was racking my brain to think of the perfect Christmas gift for my little girls. I had an idea to make them some mini horse stables. They’re 6 and 7 and they love horses right now. I asked my sister (who builds things all the time) if she could help me. She drew up these plans and we’ve been working on it together over the last few months. Today I’m going to wrap them up! And since my girls don’t use the computer, I can post the pictures now.
I honestly don’t know much about wood working or building – so I’m kinda lost on the details of what kind of wood we used, etc. But by the time we were done, I no longer flinched every time I used the nail gun. So I’m proud of myself. We built them with a working door and latch, with little individually placed shingles, and Anna used a dremel to make the pattern on the door. I know – cuteness explosion right! I’m so excited…just in case you forgot.
I got little white water buckets from the dollar store and these troughs to hold corn from Michaels. We put a block of wood in the bottom of the trough and just covered it with popcorn seeds, then poured some polyurthane over it and let it dry.
And of course, I had to do some sewing to finish things off. I made a little blanket to go with each stable. It’s a 1″ patchwork and it was so fun to make. I used the fabric from Tasha Noel’s line called Pixie Noel. Seriously, this fabric is my favorite. I’m also working on a big Christmas quilt with it – more to come on that.
And last, I designed these little saddles.
Just in case you want to make one, here’s a quick overview of how I did it. I used fake leather from the fabric store. From it, cut 2 figure 8 shapes roughly 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and cut two strips 10 1/2″ x 3/4″. Attach some kind of clasp mechanism (or velcro) to both ends of one strap and little D rings to the end of your other strap (for the stirrups). Lay them out, and sew together as pictured.
Sew your first figure 8 through all the layers to hold it on.
Sew the second figure 8 on top and straight stitch all around the edges. And last, add some decorative stitching around the edge. So fun!
I’m also giving them each a little brush – but I forgot I was going to take pictures and wrapped it up a month ago. Whoops. Even if you don’t have time to make a stable, wouldn’t just these accessories and a plush horse be a great gift! Here’s the horse that I bought. But any of the 12″ Aurora horses are great. You also might be able to use a crate with a handle added as a stable. Oh the ideas…
I just can’t get enough of it. I hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas!