How to Make a Horse for Halloween

Updated February 21, 2017

Decorating for Halloween is now second only to Christmas decorating. Whether creating figures for a party or a porch and yard display, a horse can be an easy to make and can stand alone or have a rider -- such as a skeleton, a scarecrow or the classic Headless Horseman. Using a few common tools and supplies found at a home improvement centre, a Halloween horse can be constructed in under an hour.

Attach the two-by-four with nails to one top end of the saw horse on a 45-degree angle. This will create the horse's neck.

Cut a section of chicken wire (the length of the saw horse) and bend and shape it to fashion a body to go around the cross piece of the saw horse. Staple the body in place to the cross piece.

Cut a section of chicken wire 5-feet long and wrap it around the two-by-four neck, leaving 2 feet protruding from the top. Anchor the chicken wire to the two-by-four with staples.

Bend the excess chicken wire on an angle and shape it to create the horse's head. Twist the cut wire sections to hold the shape of the snout.

Fill the body section of the horse with hay. Once the inside the chicken wired body is stuffed, weave bunches of hay through the holes to hide the wire as best you can. Fill the neck and head sections with hay; however, don't be concerned with hiding the chicken wire on the head. This will be covered with burlap.

Place the burlap bag over the shaped mouth and snout area at the top of the head. Pull it taught and tie with twine from the top of head under to the chin area and from the mouth back around the neck.

Sketch and paint the mouth and teeth of the horse on the tip of the snout and around the sides. Paint on eyes and nostrils.

Tuck some of the hay to tussle out over the top of the head and burlap to replicate the top of a horse's mane. Tie a knot at one end of the rope and pull the rope through a chicken wire square at the back end of the saw horse. Knot on the underside. Fray the rope from the knot down, creating a tail.


You can stuff some clothing and create a rider for your horse, or purchase a skeleton. Drive a stake into the back of the horse and use craft wire to attach the rider.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden saw horse
  • two-by-four, 3 feet long
  • Hammer
  • Common framing nails
  • Roll of chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Bale of hay
  • Burlap sack
  • Brown twine
  • Acrylic paint (black and white)
  • 30-inch piece of rope
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About the Author

A 35-year child care specialist, Laurie Carpenter’s first writing involved scripts for a national award-winning cable program on child care issues. From cradle to grave, she worked for a historical cemetery, handling public relations and historical pieces for newspaper publication. Working towards her master’s degree in education, Carpenter also completed a certificate of journalism program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.