DIY Horseshoe Wedding Good Luck Charm

Updated February 21, 2017

Horseshoes have been considered lucky for hundreds of years. They are believed to attract protection and luck, while at the same time banishing bad energy. Not surprisingly, horseshoes have become important symbols at weddings to provide luck and prosperity to the new couple. You can easily make a horseshoe luck charm that can be hung at a wedding, then later at the couple's home to continue to provide them with good fortune for years.

Clean a horseshoe with soap and water. Use a scrub brush to remove all dirt and loose rust. Allow it to dry completely.

Cut a 20-inch ribbon matching one of the wedding's colours.

Tie a knot in one end of the ribbon.

Thread the ribbon through the lowest hole on one side of the horseshoe.

Wrap the ribbon up the side of the horseshoe, threading it through the other holes on that side.

Allow 10 to 12 inches of slack for hanging before loosely wrapping the ribbon down the other side of the horseshoe, threading it through the holes on that side.

Thread the ribbon through the bottom hole and knot the end. Pull the excess ribbon on that side up into the loop. tightening the loops as you go.

Glue flowers and gems, matching the other wedding colours, to the horseshoe with hot-melt glue. They can cover both the ribbon and the horseshoe, but leave enough of the metal exposed so that guests can easily tell that it is a horseshoe.


Iron is considered to be a magical and lucky metal, which is why your charm should use an iron horseshoe if possible.


For safety, do not hang the charm over beds, chairs or other areas where people linger for long periods of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron horseshoe
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot-melt glue
  • Fake flowers
  • Small gems
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