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Crafts fit for the Derby


The Kentucky Derby is one of those events that always creeps up on me. Last year, I found myself running out to the store at the last minute to get a really big hat for the festivities.

Although I never really know what I’m doing (I usually just pick the horse with the best name), it’s always a fun weekend! We wanted to make sure children could get involved in the Kentucky Derby this year so we created a stick horse craft so that your kids can run around the back yard pretending they are one of the winning horses.

No-Sew Derby Stick Horse

What You Will Need:

  • Dowel rod (size dependent on size of child, should be pretty thick so it doesn’t break)
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Stuffing (I used stuffing from an old pillow I was throwing away)
  • Ribbons
  • Hot glue
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Directions:

  1.  Using your marker, trace a side profile of a horse head on your fabric. Cut it out, flip it on the opposite side and trace it again on the rest of the fabric. Cut it out and now you should have two pieces.
  2. Lay the head’s design sides together. Using the hot glue, glue all around the head except for the bottom of the neck. Let it dry and then turn the fabric inside out so the design is now on the outside.
  3. Fill the head with stuffing until it’s nice and plush. Insert the dowel rod into the head, as far up as it will go. Tie the fabric from the neck of the horse around the rod in multiple knots so that it’s secure and stuffing won’t come out.
  4. With the remaining fabric, cut out ears, glue and stuff just as you did with the horse head. Glue to either side of the horse head and let dry.
  5. Time to dress up the mane of the horse! Using whatever ribbon you choose, glue piece after piece down the horse’s neck. I used about 10 pieces of ribbon. You could even braid it if that’s the look you want!
  6. To complete the horse, glue two buttons for eyes.

Derby Horse Cupcakes

MAY CraftWhat You Will Need:

  • Nutter Butter cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Chocolate icing
  • White chocolate morsels
  • Cashews
  • Toothpick

Directions:

  1. To begin making the perfect treat for a derby party, take your cupcakes (flavor of your choice) and place a Nutter Butter cookie long ways to resemble a horse’s face.
  2. After your cookie is set in the cupcake icing, take cashew halves to make the ears. They can go any direction, but I found it worked best if you stick the cashew right in the icing.
  3. The next step is where you can get the most creative; the hair and facial expressions. Take the chocolate icing and make a little pile on a separate plate so you can easily dip your toothpick and begin decorating. Add a curly cue mane with a big grin or add nice long mane and a sly face.
  4. Lastly, it’s time to make the eyes. To secure the eyes on the cookie, I added some icing to the bottom of the white chocolate morsel. After making sure they are on the cookie, take the toothpick again and add some brown to the morsel.

Jami Marsicano and Jamie Lewis are best friends and crafting divas. Their motto is “Crafting is contagious, pass it on!”

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