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« on: November 03, 2011 10:26:48 PM »

I've long wanted to accept the challenge of creating a carousel horse from a child's bouncing toy.  When I found one at a flea market, I was "off and running".

After removing the horse from the frame, he was mounted on a closet rod with a recycled patio umbrella stand for the base.  Several coats of white spray paint provided me with a great canvas so I was able to put some of my recently acquired one stroke techniques to good use (along with a few different strokes of my own).  I finished him off with several coats of acrylic spray and tied ribbons and flowers under the finial at the top.    

I bought beaded fringe for the reins but had everything else on hand except for the plastic discs I used to cover the holes left from removing the frame.  (Do they show in the finished horse?)

I've always found that the satisfaction I feel from arts and crafts comes from being able to say "I created it". Therefore, I take a lot of photos of my projects but keep very few of the finished items for myself.  My carousel horse is no exception.  He has found a loving home with a friend who has made him the pride of her carousel collection.  He's no longer mine but I can visit whenever I choose.  

In case anyone wants to try making one of these, I thought I'd let you in on a new idea for a great looking, easy base---thanks to my Hubby.  His floor lamp quit working so he stripped the light & wiring from it, drilled a hole in the side of the pole, & put a bolt thru to act as a "stop".  He slid the horse down over the pole so it rested on the bolt at the proper height.  I used a decorative wooden finial to finish the top of the pole where the light fixture was removed.

I've since found floor lamps at thrift shops for $10 to $15.  Just make sure it's one of the heavier ones.  Some of the light weight ones wouldn''t be sturdy enough.




















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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2011 01:16:36 AM »

oooh I have such a crush on him! He reminds me of the theme parks from when we used to go to the Netherlands on vacation, when I was little! So dreamy *swoon* You did a great job! I can't see the discs at all.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2011 04:35:17 AM »

You did an amazing job. He looks just like a carousel horse from a merry go round. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2011 04:45:09 AM »

Beautiful! Now I am eyeing my kids bouncy horse  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 02:31:45 PM »

Wow, lovely paintwork, it's so effective! Utterly charming Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011 06:29:25 AM »

Amazing! I love this. Great job, love the paintwork. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011 05:04:31 PM »

Absolutely beautiful!  I have some little ceramic horses that look very similar.  I always wondered about recycling a rocking horse, and now I know it works.  Unfortuantely, I have not learned to paint, although I bought the one stroke book, and supplies.  I guess there are decals that would sort of work for the flowers, maybe.
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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011 04:32:04 PM »


I really appreciate all of the nice comments.  Always makes me feel good to know my work is appreciated.  I had seen others made from the bouncing horses but it took a while for me to finally go for it.

I would have tried it even if I hadn't learned any one stroke painting.  If I couldn't draw a design I wanted to paint, I would have used a childs coloring book & traced something on so I could fill them in like a paint-by-number.

I've already found another horse at a flea market & would like to begin again but I spend the winter in FL & the horse is back home in IL so it will have to wait 6 months or so.  Meanwhile, I'ts easy to find projects to keep myself busy.
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011 04:40:26 PM »

That is stunningly beautiful!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2011 09:06:49 AM »

STUNNING  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2011 11:59:18 AM »

Amazing! I want one!
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2011 03:55:34 PM »

It's beautiful!
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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2011 12:38:54 PM »

 Roll Eyes What an amazing job, He's beautiful!!
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2011 10:19:11 PM »

it's beautiful! I have always loved carousel horses, what a great decoration!
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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2011 06:39:00 PM »

Best recycling ever!!! I have all kinds of love for this. Your paint job is incredible!
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2012 01:02:52 AM »

That is marvelous,Mean while I may impressed by the craft techniques and framework also.

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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2012 03:53:55 PM »

That is amazing! I thought the flowers were 3d for the first couple pics  Shocked
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2013 01:00:41 AM »

I don't quite understand what this was in its first life? what's a bouncy house? i dont think we have them in Australia.
but I LOVE what you've done with this. And your skill with the painted flowers is mindblowing!! i adore it!
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2013 10:13:22 AM »

The bouncy horses have been around for many years---probably came along fifty or so years ago---during my childhood.  Like a rocking horse but it's plastic & suspended by springs in a metal framework (probably plastic framework nowadays).  It allows a child to rock & bounce more freely than a traditional rocking horse.  Google will show you bouncy horse images.
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