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diy project: cardboard stampede w/ ann wood

by Grace Bonney

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In 2006 I started making cardboard horses. They were a self imposed assignment, a daily creative task intended to motivate and loosen me up, little experiments, paralysis prevention. My plan was to make a cardboard horse everyday, Monday through Friday until I had 100. I did and exhibited the group at Tinlark in Los Angeles in 2007. I’ve made 3 patterns, two adults and a colt, to share and I hope you make a cardboard horse or two or three or maybe a little family or maybe your own stampede! –Ann Wood

CLICK HERE for Ann’s full project after the jump!

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What you will need:

-Cardboard – you can use any kind – I think a medium weight is good, I’m using cardboard from a gift box for this demonstration.

-scissors

-pencil

-manicure scissors

-hammer and one nail

-buttons

-thin wire

-pliers

-paint and brushes, glue, paper, fabric, lace etc. – whatever you like, whatever you’ve got.

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First download the pattern, cut out the pieces and trace them onto your cardboard, I’m using an old box. I like to use a pair of manicure scissors for the difficult small bits – corners etc. I included an optional tail and mane in the pattern. I’m foregoing those for this horse and will add a tail and mane of antique lace.

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You can finish your horse with collage or fabric or pencil – the possibilities are endless – but if you choose to paint like I am today, then paint both sides to prevent curling. I’m using latex paint for the base.

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And adding some dapples from my water color box.

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And some splatters of ink. You can use a stiff paint brush or old tooth brush and I used a fine sharpie pen to draw on a very simple eye and mouth.

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Next I’m adding the antique lace mane and tail using a glue stick ( or elmer’s glue if you prefer).
Once that is dry we’re ready to assemble.

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Arrange the legs with the body sandwiched between and use the nail to

make a hole through all three layers. You’ll need to put a piece of wood or heavy cardboard underneath to protect the surface you’re working on.

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Thread the wire through the button holes and then pass both strands through the legs and body.

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Thread both wires through a small button on the back, pull it tight and twist to secure and trim the extra wire with pliers.

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Add another piece of wire for hanging by twisting it around the buttons. I like to give all my horses a name, this is Sebald, horse #101.

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Finished! I’ve hung Sebald amongst the snow flakes over my bed with Winston (horse #71).

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