Junk model horse riding stables

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We’re getting ready for the Carnival of Junk Play on Friday 3rd December!

What do you think of our riding school? We have stables, jumps, a daisy filled paddock and some prize winning rosettes – and all made for free using re-cycled materials from our beloved making box. B has been off school ill this week and we needed a good ‘sitting down’ activity to keep us busy and cheer us up – and this is what we made. It was a totally spontaneous project, put together after a rummage through the junk box to see what materials we could find.

The base is made from a big piece of cardboard from a packing box, which happened to have a circular shape marked out in the centre which seemed to say ‘paddock’! The jump is made from two Smarties tubes, turned inside out,  with a wooden skewer, snapped in half and poked through the tubes to make the cross bars.

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The stables are made from tissue boxes, and the one on the end which has proper stable doors is made from a teabag box. We covered them in sugar paper, held in place with sticky tape – as you know we can’t wait for glue to dry when we want to get playing. The prize winning rosettes are made from little gift bows salvaged from some presents, with a ribbon made from sugar paper.

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We have a bucket with a pipe-cleaner handle, wool for straw and a biscuit tray cut up and stuck inside each stable to make a feeding trough (there’s probably a proper horsey word for that isn’t there?) The bunting is made from wool, old wrapping paper and held up on wooden skewers. And the paddock was painted with poster paint, sprinkled with a little glitter while it was still wet, and with some daisies (cut from a remnant of edging from my sewing basket) glued on.

Not all our junk models are this grand – L’s boat was very simple, but they both sum up what I love best about junk modelling:

it’s recycled, it costs nothing, it’s creative and it’s makes a toy with lots more play value to it.

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  1. says

    How fun! I’m not crafty at all but I hope when my little one gets older we can play like this. I love the fact you were spending all that time together instead of just buying something from the store. Very cool!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Thanks Julia – B really enjoyed making it together. She said ‘I’m having the best day ever’, which is pretty good going when she wasn’t feeling well. :)

  2. says

    Great,I love it! This summer we made a house of cardboard for my daughter,and few days ago I made her a car.She loves to play with home made toys so I sew a lot for her,and together we glue and draw.We have alot of cardboard puppets,theater puppets,and no junk is junk for us! And this stable is adorable.And since she loves horses most of all,we’ll have to make something like that.I allready have a vision! :-)

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Huana, they sound fantastic – we’d like to come and play at your house!!

  3. says

    Oh i love this idea. I am going to start sorting through my recycled bit immediately and we Will have to give it a bash at the weekend

  4. says

    How lovely! My favourite crafts are made of recycled bits and pieces so count me in for the Carnival of Junk Play!

  5. says

    Oh, I absolutely LOVE it! It looks so cute nad fun to play with!
    I`ll show it to my daughter tomorrow, because it`s too late at the moment. I´m sure she would love to start making her own horse riding stables straight away 😀

  6. says

    I love it! I love that it was free and is made from recycled materials.

    Yo have inspired me to open up our box of recycled stuff thisarvo to see what we can create.

    Off to check out your Carnival of Junk Play. What a great idea.

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Have fun Tricia – hope you’ll come and show us what you made in our Junk Carnival.

  7. says

    Oh my goodness my girls would adore this! I must show them these photos tomorrow because I am sure they’d love to make something similar for their ponies! I love your mini bunting too!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Coffee Lady – this would compliment your doll’s house very well I think!

  8. says

    This is so very fascinating how detailed you got in your junk modeling. It makes me want to give it a try – thanks for inspiration.

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