How to Decorate Horseshoes

Updated November 21, 2016

Although they are often thought of as footwear for horses, horseshoes have other uses as well. With a little imagination, you can easily turn horseshoes into art for your home or a gift for someone else. The surfaces of horseshoes make them easy to decorate, providing great craft projects for adults and children alike.

Cut an 18-inch length of ribbon or craft wire and tie through two holes in each horseshoe. Choose the holes that are closest to the opening of the shoe. This will create a hanger for your horseshoe. However, if you do not intend to hang the horseshoe, you can skip this step.

Apply a base treatment to the horseshoes. Use acrylic paints to paint in solid colours or patterns. If you prefer, use fabric to cover the horseshoes and hot glue to hold it in place. Or for a natural look, spray the horseshoes with a spray lacquer. Allow your base treatment to dry thoroughly. If you choose to cover your horseshoes in fabric, cut two small holes in the fabric to allow room through which to pass your ribbon or wire from Step 1.

Decorate the rest of the horseshoe. Use any craft supplies you like, including silk flowers, cinnamon sticks, shells, beads, glitter, feathers, pine cones, ribbon and marbles. Choose the colours and supplies that fit your decor best. Use a hot glue gun to attach your chosen decorations. Allow the glue to cool and harden.

Place your finished horseshoe in your desired location. Horseshoes can be placed flat on a table for a centrepiece display or use your prepared hangers to display your horseshoes on the wall, with the opening up, for luck.

Things You'll Need

  • Horseshoes
  • Ribbon or craft wire
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Fabric (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Spray lacquer (optional)
  • Decorations of choice
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