How to build a mini horse buggy

Written by tami mason
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Making a mini horse buggy for display or toy purposes can be an interesting project, and is a much cheaper alternative to buying an expensive ready-made one. You can use cardboard as the main material for the buggy, but if you wish to make your buggy a little sturdier, simply swap the cardboard for plywood.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Bubble wrap
  • Scrap leather
  • All-purpose glue
  • Paint
  • Two wooden chopsticks

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  1. 1

    Select the toy horse you will be making the buggy for. Keep this model to hand so you can ensure the buggy is made to the correct scale. The base of the buggy should be about the same height as the model horse's knees.

  2. 2

    Obtain a cardboard box that is the correct scale and cut it so you have a base, two sides and a back, with an open front. Measure the width of the box, and using this measurement, cut a piece of cardboard to create a seat. A buggy is small, with no extra space like a wagon or carriage for example, so the seat will be attached to the centre of the box, with a small gap behind the seat and space at the front for the driver's feet.

  3. 3

    Paint the buggy in the colour of your choice and allow to dry thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Cover the seat with bubble wrap to act as padding, adding extra bubble wrap at the bottom of the seat so it doesn't sit down on the floor of the buggy. Cover the seat with some scrap leather and mount it in the centre of the buggy.

  5. 5

    Glue the two chopsticks to the side of the buggy as shafts. These need to go in such a place that there is enough length for them to reach at least to the shoulders of the model horse.

  6. 6

    Cut out two equal circles of cardboard to act as wheels. Again, use the model horse to work out the correct scale of the wheels. Paint the wheels in the appropriate colours and then glue to the side of the buggy.

Tips and warnings

  • Some buggies have lights and other decoration on them. It is worth studying some pictures of horse-drawn buggies before you begin your project, and then decide how simple or elaborate you want your buggy to be.
  • If you want your wheels to be a little sturdier than cardboard, any round item such as jar lids will do well.

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