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How to Craft a Fun Paper Horse

A collage on how to craft a fun paper horse.

Did you know that horses sleep standing up? Or that horses cannot breathe through their mouths?
There are over six hundred horse breeds and horse’s lifespan are between twenty-five and thirty years and a group of horses is called a herd.

Perhaps you own a horse or dream of owning one someday. Crafting your own horse is a lot of fun and easy to do.

Craft your own fun paper horse, following these 10 steps.

A collage on how to craft a fun paper horse.
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1 letter-sized, yellow-colored piece of paper
  • 1 medium red-colored piece of paper
  • 1 small black piece of paper
  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Yarn
  • 1 empty paper toilet roll
  • Eyeballs for your lion’s face


Step 1: Make the Body

First step in crafting a fun horse paper.

Mark the width of the paper roll from the edge of the paper with the pencil.

Step in crafting a fun horse paper.

Use a ruler and draw a line from one end to the other and then cut the paper on the line.

How to craft a fun horse paper.

Put a line of glue across the paper toilet roll. Glue the short side of the paper to the paper toilet roll.

Crafting the body of a fun horse paper.

Cover the toilet paper roll with the paper and glue the edge to the toilet paper roll.

Crafting the body of the horse.

Press down to ensure the seam is neat and the glue sets properly. You can now put the body aside.

Step 2: Make the Head

Second step in crafting a fun horse paper.

Fold a square piece of paper in half.

Tip: Folding the paper in half helps you cut two same sized pieces!

Drawing the face of the horse.

Use your pencil and draw the horse’s head. Use the scissors and cut out the head.

Crafting the second head of the fun horse paper.

You can set the two heads aside and grab a different colored piece of paper.

Step 3: Make the Face

Third step in crafting a fun horse paper.

Fold the paper in half and place one head on top. Use the pencil and draw the outline of the horse’s mouth. Use the scissors and cut on the line to produce two even sized “half-moons” and set aside.

Crafting detail the head of the horse.

Use a very small piece of paper, we used a pinkish color, fold in half and cut a small triangle. The two triangles will form the inside of the horse’s ears. Set them aside.

Adding detail to the head of the horse.

Glue the mouth pieces to the head and glue the small triangles on the ears as shown above.

Drawing the nose and the mouth of the horse.

Use the black marker and draw a friendly smile. Draw a very small circle or just make a dot, as in the picture above. You can now put the heads aside and get the yarn.

Step 4: Add the Mane and Fringe.

Holding a yarn with fingers.

Hold the end of the yarn between your fingers and wind the yarn twelve times around your index and middle fingers. Cut the long end.

Cutting the yarn with scissors.

Cut the yarn in half and again in half. You will now have two heaps of yarn.

Attaching the yarn as mane.

Glue the yarn to the neck. Remember to add the fringe! Put glue on the inside of the next head. Only glue halfway down the neck. Glue the heads together.

Cutting the mane of the horse.

Tidy up the fringe and mane by cutting it to the same length.

Crafting the detail of the head.

Grab the beady eyes and glue one to each side of the head.

Glue bottom half of the neck.

Do not glue the bottom half of the neck since you need this part open to glue the head to the body.

Step 5: Add Reigns.

Tie the mouth of the paper horse.

In a different color paper cut a thin strip of paper. Glue one end of the strip to the bottom of the nose. Take the strip over the nose gluing it in position. Use scissors and remove the excess strip of paper.

Cut extra string of the tie.

Cut away any extra paper.

Fifth steps in crafting the fun paper horse.

Cut another thin piece of paper, the same width as the one you used over the nose.
Push one end underneath the “nose rope”. Take the other end over the head and push it underneath the “nose rope” on the others side of the head.

Add detail to the head of the fun paper horse.

Fold the strip back over the “nose rope” on both sides.

Steps in crafting the fun paper horse.

Glue the one end over the other and your reigns are done!

Step 6: Glue the Head to the Body

Sixth steps in crafting the fun paper horse.

Put a strip of glue on the inside of the head on the end and stick that half onto the body.
Repeat on the other side.

Attach the head on the body the fun paper horse.

Position the head on the body, press down lightly to glue the head to the body.

Step 7: Add a Tail

Rolling yarn on the finger to craft paper horse.

Grab the yarn. Wind the yarn seven or eight times around your fingers. The same way you did when you made the mane and fringe. Cut the end and keep the yarn across your fingers.

Seventh steps in crafting the fun paper horse.

Cut a separate piece of yarn and tie the yarn bundle together using a double knot.

Crafting the detail of the tail.

Cut the opposite end and frizzle out the tail piece. Cut the tail. Cut the end of the tail evenly.

Attach the tail to the body.

Glue the tail on the back of the body.

Step 8: Close the Body Openings

Cutting two circle for the horse.

Cut two circles slightly bigger than the holes left at both ends of the body.

Put glue on the outside of the openings.

Cover the hole on the body.

Place the circle on the glue, tapping softly to secure the circle stays in place.
Close the other end the same way.

Step 9: Make Legs

Ninth step in crafting a fun paper horse.

Cut four even sized legs from cardboard paper to create sturdy legs.

Crafting the legs of the paper horse.

Cover the cardboard legs with paper in the same color as your horse’s body and glue the ends together.

Crafting the detail of the legs of paper horse.

You now have four sturdy legs for your horse.

Drawing the detail of the legs of the horse.

Draw a little black squire on one end of each leg to create hooves.

Attach the legs of the paper horse.

Glue the legs to the body. Two legs of each side, one in front and one at the back.

Step 10: Make Stirrups and a Saddle

Tenth steps in crafting a fun paper horse.

Draw a stirrup on a strip of paper. Cut out on the lines and set the stirrup aside.

Draw the back of the horse.

Grab a small, rectangular piece of paper to cut out a saddle.

Crafting the detail of the back of the paper house.

The saddle should have one flat and one curved end.

Attach the back of the horse.

Glue the saddle unto the back and then clue the stirrups over the saddle and you are done.

Attached the saddle with detail.

Congratulations on crafting a fun horse!

Your friendly little craft horse is now ready for some fun.

Final steps in crafting a fun paper horse.

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