How to build a toy horse barn

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How to build a toy horse barn
Make a simple barn for toy horses. (horse barn image by Hilma Anderson from Fotolia.com)

Although you can find elaborate plans for building a toy horse stables, you can make a simpler horse barn employing the dollhouse design in which the barn provides a cutaway opening, making it easier for your children to play with the horses inside and out of the barn. The actual dimensions you'll need depends on the size of the horse toys.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 6mm (1/4 inch) plywood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut out two sides with a simple barn shape. Use the standard shape drawn for a house, that of a square with a triangle roof on top. For dimensions, you'll need to consider the size of the toy horse. For example, if the toys are the small, plastic variety found in bags of toys, you can make a small barn that is 30 cm (12 inches) deep by 45 cm (18 inches) wide. Make it roughly 45 cm (18 inches) to the peak. Always sand the edges.

  2. 2

    Cut out two rectangles for the barn floor and the floor of the hayloft. These, for the example, would be 30 cm x 45 cm (12 inches x 18 inches). Also cut a back wall. While it will be 45 cm (18 inches) long, the height of the wall depends on how steep you made the roof. So measure to where the wall would end and the roof begins. Sand the edges.

  3. 3

    Use wood glue to assemble these pieces, gluing the two sides and the back wall to the floor. Let these pieces dry thoroughly. Then insert the floor of the hayloft and glue it into place. By laying the barn on its side, you can position the hayloft floor to stand vertically and prop it into place, if necessary, while drying.

  4. 4

    Measure the dimensions of the slanted roof. This will vary depending on your slant. Again, however, in this example, the length across will be 45 cm (18 inches). This piece is the back side of the roof. The front side will be left open for play. Cut the roof piece, sand it, then glue it into place.

  5. 5

    Paint the stables red, adding white trim, for a classic colour scheme. Paint on windows and other details, as you wish. Let it dry. The barn is now complete.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also make the barn using sturdy cardboard and colouring it with markers. It won't last as long, but the materials will be easier to manage and very inexpensive.

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