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How To Create Your Own Carousel Horse and Stand From Childs Hobby Horse Part 2

Updated on October 27, 2014

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Sealing and Plugging Your Horse

Well, Hello there! Since you are reading part 2, I will assume and happily so, that you've decided to create your own carousel horse. Wonderful!!

Let's get going then.....

Hang your horse as you did to paint it because, you will need to spray clear sealer (Matte Finish) over the entire horse to seal it, being careful to cover top, sides, underneath and tail evenly. This may require two coats (allow to dry completely between coats).

 You are now ready to plug your horse.

Using a hot glue gun, I glue wooden plugs (depending on hole size, 1 to 2 in. round) that I find at Lowe's to place over the ....(this is the "later" I was talking about in part 1)...handle holes and the holes where the springs were located. I have used costume jewelry and other items to embellish my horses (be creative) but, for convenience and a more uniformed look, I use the wooden plugs and stain them to match the pole and base. You can leave the stirrups attached or remove them and fill in those holes the same way. It is according to your preference.

Now you are ready to mount your horse to the pole and base!


Mounting Your Horse To The Pole and Base

I thought I should add (for those of you still out there hunting for your horse) that I have also used the horses from children's swing-sets. They have a hole for the swing-set pole already cut out so, I use this hole to embellish with a plume. It plugs the hole and it looks very nice. You can use tassels, feathers, fans and all sorts of things, to make a plume out of, just get creative and unique in your choices. I plug/cover this hole because it is located down through the horses mane and I like for my horse to set centered on the pole. So, I make another hole (see below) for mounting.

Now, to mount your horse to the pole you will first have to cut a hole in the saddle and belly using a hand held drill and bit (1-3/8ths). Before doing this, you will need to find center of your horse. I have found that most often it is closer to the front of the saddle where the "horn" is located. The pole I use is 6ft tall and 1-3/8th in. round. You can leave the height of the pole at 6 ft or shorten it, if desired.

You can cut the hole before you paint your horse or after, it is up to you. I have done both. Don't worry about the frayed plastic around the hole, you can smooth it with sandpaper and you can embellish around that area, so as to unify the joining of the two.

Once you have your hole cut, you can slide your horse onto the pole and decide at what point you want to set your horse permanently. When you have decided how far "down or up" on the pole you want your horse to set, you will need to mark that spot. Then slide the horse back off of the pole because, you will need to drill a hole into the pole so that you can place a screw, wooden dow rod or metal pin to hold your horse in this spot (your horse will rest on this).

You will need to use the same drill and bit (1-3/8ths in.) to countersink a hole in the base. Your pole will then set flush onto the base with a 3 in. Lag Screw running up through the bottom of the base and into the pole thus, securing base tightly and firmly to the pole. I use two different type bases. I use a 2ft round wooden base and a 3ft rectangular wooden base. You can use whatever base you choose. Again, be creative and unique in your choices.

I have pre-stained pole, base, phenial and wooden plugs to match one another. You can use whatever color stain you prefer..I seem to love oak but, I have went with white and gold. You can buy the phenials that go atop the carousel pole at Lowe's also. (If you decide to use one) I just love the finished look of them and to put a beautiful bow with it.

Embellish and Finishing Your Horse

Now you are ready to embellish your horse to your liking. At this point in the project, you have to really watch because, it can become tacky really quickly, if you are not careful. But, remember too, that you cannot do anything that cannot be undone. You may start over several times but, eventually you will get there.

You will need to decide what you want to use for the reins of the bridal, if you want to make reins for your horse. I always use cording or lacing to create reins that travel from the horses mouth, draping along the neck and around the pole at or about the point where the pole and saddle mesh, leaving enough to drape down the side of the saddle and attach some type of decoration onto the tips. You may or may not want to do this step, completely up to you.

I love to place a beautiful bow on top at the seam where the phenial screws down onto the pole. I usually make these by hand but, sometimes buy them pre-made. I have used flowers, dream catchers and other items on the top of my carousel poles also. It just depends upon the horse that I am creating.

You will need to decide if you want to embellish the base or not. Myself, I cannot imagine not doing this but, it is a personal preference and completely up to you. I love to place a beautiful basket at the base (drill hole through bottom at same point that the pole meets the base) the pole will hold the basket to the base. I place an assortment of flowers in the basket and just go from there. I have hot glued just the flowers to the base and placed a beautiful plaque in the center of the arrangement. Again, be creative and unique in your choices and make it your own. You know best what brings you joy and what goes with the interior and feel of your home.

The rest is up to you! Do more or less to your horse. It is a personal choice and preference and it's your project. Good Luck!


The Horse That Started My Love For This Hobby

My wonderfully creative and talented mother-in-law's carousel horse. It was love at first site for me. She is an inspiration to me on so many levels. I wish to thank her sooo much, for allowing me to copy her craft. Now, to just do it justice.
My wonderfully creative and talented mother-in-law's carousel horse. It was love at first site for me. She is an inspiration to me on so many levels. I wish to thank her sooo much, for allowing me to copy her craft. Now, to just do it justice.


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      Simply Redeemed 17 months ago

      Jetmom ..$135 for small $150 for large is good. Post pics when done! Would love to see it! Best wishes!

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      Simply Redeened 17 months ago

      Jetmom....$135 for small is good and $150 for larger. Best wishes! Post a pic when youre done! Would looove to see it!

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      JetMom 17 months ago

      If you sold this how much would you sell it for? We have been asked to make one , they supplied horse and wood for stand. We said 135$ are we crazy?

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      Robyn 18 months ago

      Is it possible to use a metal pole? If so, how would I attached it?? Thank you for your time!

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      Simply Redeemed 2 years ago

      Hi Ruzin,

      I would not suggest a child set on the ones I make. They are not sturdy enough in the middle to hold their weight. Perhaps there is a way to make them sturdy enough though. If you come up with a way to do this, I would LOVE to see a pic please?! Enjoy your NEW Family Heirloom!! Thank you for your compliment, it is greatly appreciated! Have a blessed and happy day!

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      Ruzin C 2 years ago

      Can I child sit on it? Is it sturdy enough? Great tutorial I am planning to make it today :D

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Hi, just a note to let you know I read both articles and found them extremely well written and informative! Thanks so much! :)

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      Simply Redeemed 2 years ago

      Hi Jessica! So glad you are finding the joys of creating your own Carousel Horse.

      The pole I use is 6ft tall and 1-3/8th in. round. You can leave the height of the pole at 6 ft or shorten it, if desired. It is found in the curtain area of Lowe's. It is wooden and the kind that you can screw the wooden decorative phenials onto at each end once curtain in mounted.

      Best of luck!! Would love to see a picture of yours once completed!!

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      Jessica Alvarez 2 years ago

      Hi, Im trying to create this project myself just would like to know what kind of pole to I get? im so stuck

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      Jenxx 3 years ago

      I've made 2 carousel horses so far & have 2 more to do. I love your hints & will keep them in mind. I also have a couple that might help you.

      To plug the holes left from the spring attachments, look for the small plastic disks used to stop the holes left when insulation is blown into older houses. Lowes, Home Depot. I found they fit perfectly. I smoothed a bit of caulking around the edges to finish.

      For my first I used the concrete base from a patio umbrella & a closet rod but Hubby decided a floor lamp would make a great base. They're available from thrift stores for just a few dollars. Just make certain they're the better quality, heavier ones. Strip off the fixture & wiring, drill a hole & insert a screw in the side as a stop. You can use a wooden finial for the top. For one, I found a solar powered garden globe on a stake that fits perfectly in the top of the pole.

      I hope this will be a help for you. I know you certainly gave me a few ideas. Thanks.

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      Johnd480 4 years ago

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      ilovehorseyrides 4 years ago


      Want more horses??? Find them on Ebay, Craigslist, Ziply, Kijiji, SellBuyClassified, Olx, donkiz, bookoo, Canadianlisted, and AmericanListed :)

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      ilovehorseyrides 4 years ago


      Search on Ebay :)

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      linda 6 years ago

      thank you so much for your very awesome detailed sound so highly educated ...your horses are so beautyful ...i hope mine turns out as good as yours...i'm giving this horse as a gift...i'm good at art so maybe that will help me out some...i will let you no how this one will turn out,i would send you a picture, but i don't no how to do that yet...but i will learn...i am retired...i no very little on the computer, but i'm learning..thank you sooooo much ...i can't wait to see how it turns out...i sooo excited.. oh i forgot to tell you that i have been collecting hard rubber horses for a while now , i get them from rummage sales where they sell kids toys...awesome hey...

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      Simply Redeemed 7 years ago

      Sorry mother had a stroke and I have been really pre-occupied with her care so I haven't been on in a while.

      You can find the pre-fab ones online...they are really expensive. I always try to find them in back yards or, sad to say, trash cans or piles. You just have to keep an eye out when traveling neighborhoods. I also run adds in our local trading journal. It is a "swap meet" type paper. I'm sure you could run an add in your local newspaper as well.

      I hope this helped. I truly enjoy making them. I call them "New Family Heirlooms"...I love to think they will be passed down.

      Keep searching and creating!!!

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      FreetoSpeakUp 7 years ago

      Hi, I am having a hard time finding the horses and I see people either using foam of another type product. Is there anywhere else I can find them prefabricated? Thanks

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      Quinn the Quilter 8 years ago

      I LOVE these.....I started my own last summer...I have a large black one & a small white one...they are base painted & pole I just have to paint & decorate ...Love your "flowers" in the holes.

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      Simply Redeemed 8 years ago

      Thank you so much...I really enjoy creating them and no two are ever alike.

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      heart4theword 8 years ago from hub

      These are great! Have seen these before, they are beautiful:) Thanks!


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