Refurbishing My Rocking Horse

About 35 years ago, when I was a year old, my uncle made me a rocking horse in high school shop class.  My sister and I played with it a lot as little kids.  Then my parents held onto it for me for when I had kids.  My 4 boys also were able to use it and enjoy the horse.  With all that playing and use the horse was starting to look worn out.


I forgot to take a picture before I did a little sanding.

My youngest is a girl and she is about to turn 2.  She absolutely loves the My Little Ponies, so I decided to turn my rocking horse into one of the My Little Ponies named Pinkie Pie.



The first step in turning my horse into Pinkie Pie was to remove the original varnish coating.  My 8 year old son helped me with sanding the varnish off of the wood.




Dissected and sanded horse


Priming the horse


Ever feel you were being watched?







One of the big things I wanted to do was to add a mane and tail back to the horse.  I doubt it will last long, because it didn’t last me long as a child.  However, if I was going to redo the horse then I wanted to have it done right at the start.  After looking into materials, I decided jute would be the best choice since it is rough and pretty durable.  I also got pink dye to use on the jute.


After painting the horse bubblegum pink, the only thing left was to add on the balloon “cutie” marks.  I found the correct image online and printed it.  Then I cut out the balloons and used the paper as a stencil.  I put a small balloon mark on the side of the rocker, but some of the paper stuck in the acrylic paint which I am not happy about.


The balloons on the side were not impressive enough for me so I made a bigger stencil to paint balloons on the seat section of the horse. This time I traced the image onto the horse with a pencil and then painted.  I am much happier with how that part turned out.


All in all, I am happy with how the horse turned out.  Now to see what my daughter thinks at her 2 year old birthday party tonight.






  1. A_Boleyn says:

    I am impressed how you transformed your rocking horse into a suitably feminine version for your little girl. And after years of fun, it can be stored away and refurbished for the grandkids to come. A true family heirloom.

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