This little rocking horse was first pictured in my post on the Sorority Craft Show last month.
I decided with Christmas coming on strong, I would show how it was transformed from junk into the polka dotted pony. This pony sold quickly at that same show. I’m hoping some small child will be captivated by it on Christmas morning.
My kids are no longer little, but I still can’t pass up a wooden rocking horse at a yard sale. They can usually be restyled quite quickly, and they sell really well at craft sales. This rocking horse was quickly transformed into a pearled polka dot pony in just a few hours. It needed a few minor repairs, but nothing a little tender loving care couldn’t fix.
Things You Will Need:
Wooden rocking horse
Optional tools for repairs
Acrylic latex paint for the body
Cricut Expression, or penny and small scissors
Acrylic latex paint for the polka dots
White, metallic, pearl paint
Make any repairs needed on your horse. My horse had a broken hand grip, loose head and a large chip on one of the rockers. It had also been previously painted with a dimensional paint. The handle grip was originally quite long. I simply cut it down, repositioned it and glued it in place using wood glue. I think the new length is perfect. The head was held on by screws. I removed the screws and added wood glue between the connecting points. The screws were then reattached. Once dry, the head didn’t budge. The chip was filled with wood putty and sanded. Once painted, I couldn’t see the fix at all. Lastly, I used a palm sander to remove all the raised paint details of the horse’s previous life. I also sanded off the eyes and a child’s name so that they wouldn’t shadow through the new paint job.
Choose your paint color for the pony’s new body. I used a lime green wall paint that I picked up at a yard sale. The paint was a little bright, but I planned on toning it down before I was through. Two coats were plenty to achieve complete coverage. Depending on what paint you use, you may need more or less.
Make a 3/4-inch circle stencil using card stock. I cut my stencil using my Cricut Expression, but you could trace a penny on card stock and cut out the center.
Randomly stencil polka dots on the horse head, seat and outside edges of the rocker using the stencil and a contrasting acrylic paint. I used brown acrylic paint for my polka dots. Allow the paint to dry.
Thin white, metallic, pearl paint with water. Paint the entire surface of the pony. This will lighten your base coat and polka dots, seal your surface, and provide a dreamy pearl finish to your pony.
Most any wooden rocking horse will work with this paint project. For that matter, any old wooden toy or previously loved wooden furnishing could be restyled in the same way. Note: If your horse has reins or a cloth mane and tail, you will want to remove them. You may find that your horse doesn’t need them after all. If you don’t plan on reattaching them, fill the tack or screw holes with wood putty before painting.