The horse is taking form.

Every cowboy needs a horse! And a hat and a set of shiny spurs of course too. But mostly a horse. No cowboy party is complete without one. Since my son was having a cowboy theme for his 7th birthday party, I decided he needed a horse—both a hobby horse to play with and a horse on his cowboy birthday cake.

So, a few days before the party, I decided on the “spur” of the moment (pun intended)  to make him a hobby horse out of an old sock. You see, I have this problem with mismatched socks. I don’t know how other mothers do it, but my sons’ socks especially never seem to end up in the wash at the same time. For that reason, I have what I call the “SOX BOX”—a sort of singles bar for the socks that have no partner.

My "SOX BOXES." I have one for the grown-ups and one for the kids.

My “SOX BOXES.” I have one for the grown-ups and one for the kids.

If I have “leftover socks” from the wash, they go in there. After every couple of washes, I go through the box and often find—lo, and behold—the partner sock. In the past, I have used the permanently unmatched socks as rags, as stuffing, or as carrying cases for electronics (mobile telephone, voice recorder, chargers, etc.)

To make the hobby horse, I started with a bunch of unmatched socks and some crafting wool.

First, I attached the crafting wool to the heel of the sock using my sewing machine.

First, I attached the crafting wool to the heel of the sock using my sewing machine.

Then I stuffed the “horse.”

After I hand stitched a nose and mouth onto the horse, I cut out two triangles of felt for the ears..

After I hand stitched a nose and mouth onto the horse, I cut out two triangles of felt for the ears.

I hand sewed the ears to the heel of the sock and attached googly eyes using my glue gun.

The horse was slowly taking form.

The horse was slowly taking form.

 Finally, I rummaged through my big bag o’ scraps to find something to make into a bandana/necktie for my Western horse.

Upcycling another scrap for the horse's necktie.

Upcycling another scrap for the horse’s necktie.

I set the finished head atop a long upcycled cardboard tube.

I set the finished head atop a long upcycled cardboard tube.

Of course, a cowboy also needs a cake …

Every cowboy should also have a cowboy cake.

Every cowboy should also have a cowboy cake.

I used vanilla frosting and sugar, both of which I colored green with food coloring. Then I added shredded wheat cereal, pretzels, a Playmobil horse, and cocoa to decorate the chocolate cake.

 So now he’s got himself a horse and a hat and a cake, and he’s gonna keep ridin’, ridin’ along.

 

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2 Responses to A cowboy needs a horse (sock upcycle and cowboy cake)

  1. Karen says:

    Well, shucks! If that ain’t the bees knees! And one mighty fine cake at that! Yeeeee Haaaaaw! I thank ya kindly.

  2. Amdnarg says:

    Who would’a thunk? Great job!

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