I love trips to Goodwill. I never know what I’m going to find and what will catch my eye. The last time I was there this unfortunate rocking horse was calling to me to be made over.
Believe me, it also had some ugly plastic greenery tucked into the middle of it. Not a pretty sight. But I knew I could bring this back to life with a little work.
I began with pulling off the mane and tail and all of the reins and saddle decorations.
Then I sanded the entire piece down and painted it a cream color.
Immediately, it looked better. So I got my glue gun and ran a bead of glue along the entire rocker.
Next, I took my gold foil and gilded the bead of glue. Since it is glue, I didn’t need to use the adhesive that is sold to adhere the gold foil normally.
Once I had both sides foiled, I attached a new mane and tail. Rather than using yarn like what was on it before, I used two different crocheted trims for the tail and mane. I cut them to the size I wanted and hot glued them on. My horse still needed a bridle or something to look like reins. I don’t know too much about all that. I threaded some seed beads together and glued them onto the horse.
What do you think? I love how much better it looks.
I have added a few wooden candy canes to the holder for some color.
I’m thinking I will be on the lookout for more dated Christmas decorations to bring back to life.
I am linking up with these parties.