Chalkboard Rocking Horse
My husband and I bought this little rocking horse at a garage sale for $5 a few years back for my daughter. When we bought it we wanted to give the horse a little makeover. He had wool hair which we replaced with red yarn hair for his mane and his tail. For whatever reason my daughter didn’t like his tail or ears, so no matter how many times I glued them on they came back off. We also sanded him down a little bit and put a fresh coat of stain and polyurethane on him (the stain color remained the same from when we bought him).
This summer my daughters loved playing outside especially drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. When it would rain we were confined to the indoors and my oldest daughter found a different canvas on which to draw with her chalk.
It was hard to draw on the horse because of the smooth surface but she managed the best she could.
These are just remnants of her chalk drawing.
All of her drawing on the horse this summer gave me an idea. I decided to make the horse a willing recipient of chalk drawings and paint him with chalkboard paint.
I sanded the horse to scratch up the surface a bit. I wanted to paint him gray to echo the color of the sidewalk so I mixed up gray paint and some non sanded grout. I had made chalkboard paint once before but it was a while ago so I ended up referencing these two sites throughout the process: Lolly Jane and The Idea Room. I put two coats of paint on him. When the paint dried I took the flat part of a piece of chalk and rubbed it all over the surface and then wiped it off. I didn’t get any pictures of the horse during the process unfortunately; this picture was taken when he was finished.
The poor little guy needed some new ears, a tail, and a mane. I crocheted two little ears and I’m hoping these ears will stay on this time.
For the mane I took 2-3 strands of yarn and knotted them in the middle so it’s easier to glue them on the horse.
I ended up tying a ton of yarn for the mane.
For the tail I took a several strands of yarn and tied them together.
Here he is put together again.
And this time his finish has some added features.
My daughters can ride on and write on this horse, well they can write on him a lot better now. 😉
I don’t know who wrote that! It was either my 3 year old or 19 month old. They’re very bright and have terrific penmanship!! 😉
I like that the horse is serving a dual purpose.
I see it as another canvas for my daughters’ creativity to be displayed.
I like how this project turned out and I hope my darling daughters like it too! I also like the play on words-ride on the horse and write on the horse. 🙂
Thanks for checking out this post!!