How to make horse headbands and tails

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How to make horse headbands and tails
Study a picture of a horse as you plan your costume. (Maksimovairina/iStock/Getty Images)

You will need a costume if you are going to be attending a fancy dress party. You may also need a costume if you plan to put on a play. Costume shops carry horse costumes, if you need a horse costume for a play or want to go to a party as a horse. But, the horse costumes found at costume shops are going to be heavy and quite warm in addition to costing you a decent amount to buy or rent. Make your own horse costume with just a few inexpensive supplies found at craft shops. In just a few minutes you can be out the door dressed as a horse.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Brown or black felt
  • Pink felt
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Brown or black yarn
  • Large book about 30 cm (1 foot) tall
  • Hot glue
  • Plain black or brown headband
  • Large safety pin

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut two equilateral triangles from your black or brown felt with 7.5 cm (3 inch) sides. Cut two triangles from your pink felt with 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) sides.

  2. 2

    Wrap yarn around your hand about 10 times. Carefully slide the wrapped yarn off of your hand, keep the shape of the wrapped yarn so you can clearly find the centre of the yarn. Tie a short piece of yarn through the centre of the wrapped yarn to hold it together. Snip the yarn opposite from where it is tied. This will be the hair for the horse headband.

  3. 3

    Wrap yarn around a large book from top to bottom about 10 times. Wrap the yarn more times for a thicker tail if you wish. Tie a short length of yarn around the wrapped yarn at the top of the book to hold the strands of yarn together. Snip the yarn at the bottom of the book to create the horse tail.

  4. 4

    Hot glue the pink felt triangles inside the brown or black felt triangles so that the bottom edge of the pink triangles line up with the bottom of the other triangles to create the horse ears. Hot glue the ears to the blank headband. Hot glue the horses hair to the headband between the ears.

  5. 5

    Attach the horse tail to a large safety pin by slipping the pin through the piece of yarn tied to hold the tail together. Use the pin to attach the tail to the bottom of your shirt or your trousers.

Tips and warnings

  • Dress in an all black or all brown outfit to complete your horse ensemble.

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