This fun project is surprisingly simple to make! Add a bit of humor to the decor of any room with a bit of toy taxidermy. I combined a beautiful unfinished wood plaque from Walnut Hollow with an old hobby horse to make a piece that will definitely be a conversation starter!
Supplies Used for this Project:
- Walnut Hollow’s Vanguard Plaque
- Silver paint
- Wrapping paper
- Mod podge
- Hobby Horse
- Aluminor from Fairfield World
Step one: Paint the edge of the plaque with silver paint. I like to use Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding because it has such a shiny metallic finish.
Step two: Trim a piece of paper to fit the front of the plaque. Since the plaque is large I used beautiful gift wrapping paper instead of cardstock. Paint the surface of the plaque with Mod Podge, set the paper on top, and smooth out any bubbles. Let it dry completely. When it is dry, carefully trim any excess paper off the edge of the plaque.
Step three: Remove the hobby horse from the stick, and take some of the stuffing out of the base of the horse head. Staple the center, where the stick had been inserted, onto the wood plaque. Use a nail to attach and hold the top of the horse head to the plaque.
Step four: Cut a small triangle from the silver Aluminor fabric, and cut a notch out of the top. Form a cone with the silver fabric, and hot glue it on the edge. Place hot glue inside the base of the cone and glue it to the horse head.
I attached a photo hanger to the back of the plaque so I can hang my toy trophy on the wall. This piece will be in my daughter’s room and will be used to hold her headbands. They’ll fit nicely on the unicorn’s head and neck! It could also be used as a jewelry hanger. Of course, you could also just display this unicorn “trophy” as is to add a bit of humor to any room’s decor. Have fun crafting and creating with Walnut Hollow products!
Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the projects at Morena’s Corner. If it’s retro or vintage, she loves it!