SubscribeGift a Sub

Go for Gold with These Back-To-School DIY Projects

Photo by Danica Leigh

Can you believe it’s already time to go back to school? With these super-easy DIY back-to-school horse projects, you’ll be on trend. All of them can be done in three simple steps with only three materials each! Now you can head back to school in style-horsey style, that is.

Photo by Danica Leigh

Pencils & Clips



Materials:
◆ Pencils
◆ Foldback clips
◆ Washi tape

Instructions
Step 1: Cut washi tape to the length you want.
Step 2: Wrap around the pencil or clip. For the pencil, you can wrap in a spiral or the length of the pencil.

TIP: You can make your own horse washi tape! Design your own washi tape with your favorite horse pictures, and print on a clear full-sheet label (we used Avery 18665). Cut it out and add it to your favorite pencils and notebooks.

Photo by Danica Leigh

Horsey Notebook

Materials:
◆ Plain notebook
◆ Gold Sharpie

Instructions
Step 1: Print out a picture of a horse or horseshoe. Using a small piece of tape under the picture, place it on the center of your plain notebook.
Step 2: Using a gold Sharpie, place little dots around the edge of your picture.
Step 3: Continue to add dots, spacing them out a little bit as you go, until you get to the edge of the notebook.

Photo by Danica Leigh

Gold Shoes

Photo by Danica Leigh

Materials:
◆ Plain white shoes (we found ours at Hobby Lobby)
◆ Tulip Color Shot Instant Fabric Color in Gold Shimmer
◆ Horse charm

Photo by Danica Leigh

TIP: I would also recommend using some blue painter’s tape and plastic bags to cover the parts of the shoe you don’t want to be gold. (If you want the entire shoe to be gold, you won’t need these!)

Instructions
Step 1: Remove the laces and prepare the shoes to be painted (if you want to keep part of the shoe white, like we did, use blue painter’s tape and/or a plastic bag to cover it).
Step 2: With an adult’s help, follow the directions on your spray paint bottle and spray the shoes. We used Tulip fabric spray paint, which is amazing! You only have to wait five minutes between coats. Spray as many coats as needed to reach the color you want.
Step 3: Once dry, put the laces back on. Don’t forget to add a cute horsey charm!

This article on DIY back-to-school horse projects originally appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Young Rider magazine. Click here to subscribe!

Recent Posts

Horses from Above: Drone Photography of Horses

It seems you can’t watch a TV show or movie these days without seeing scenes filmed with a drone. This…

14 hours ago

My Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week: Jackpot Johnny — October 19, 2020

Welcome to Horse Illustrated’s weekly installment of the My Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week, offered in partnership with…

1 day ago

That’s a Wrap: 11 Fun and Fabulous Holiday Gifts for Horsey Kids

Holiday music has already started, and many are ready to start thinking about all the young horse-loving kids they know…

2 days ago

English Lesson: How to Stop Ducking While Jumping

Have you been accused of ducking over jumps? If so, you’re not alone. Ducking is a common bad habit. It…

4 days ago

Second Acts: Horse Industry Careers That Don’t Require a College Degree

When it’s time for a career change or to take on a part-time job, horse enthusiasts often consider equine-industry vocations…

4 days ago

Western Lesson: Slide Your Horse into Sidepass

The sidepass is a maneuver that shows up in most trail courses and some horsemanship patterns. Knowing how to move…

5 days ago