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Explosion of Cuteness!

We were so blessed to be able to be with my brother and his family for our niece’s first Christmas!  We weren’t sure what exactly to get her though until one day we were walking around Michael’s and saw a tiny wooden rocking horse. We both stopped and gave each other a big smile, knowing what the other was thinking.

We purchased the horse and decided to paint it and cover it with scrapbook paper. This turned out to be a little harder than it sounded at the time. I didn’t really take any photos of the “during” process, but I’ll walk you through what we did. You could do this with just about anything – a wooden stool, doll house, rocking chair . . . the possibilities are endless!

I don’t have a photo, but when we purchased the rocking horse, it was unpainted and wooden. You’ll just have to trust me on that.

Next, my amazing husband filled in any dents and abnormalities he found with wood putty and then painted the horse green to match her nursery. And then created a template for the parts I planned to cover in scrapbook paper.

And then . . . the horse sat in our livingroom that way for about a month.

Have you ever seen The New Girl?  Sometimes I think they based some of Nick and Jess’s personalities off of James and I. I don’t want to name names, but one of us might sing and dance about what they are doing on occasion, and the other one of us might have a tendency to yell what others would normally say in a calm manner.

For example, one day James came home from work and says “Hey, don’t you think it’s about time that you finish the horse?”

To which I replied “I know . . . I’m just afraid that I’m going to do it wrong and ruin it.”

Ok, now imagine how Nick would say this, because it’s exactly how James said it. “What are you talking about! Look at that horse!  It’s exploding cuteness all over our living room. YOU CAN’T RUIN THAT!”

Oops. I guess I just gave away who is most similar to Nick. Well, to be fair, I might have have done a little song and dance the day we bought the horse.  Moving on . . .

I chose scrapbook paper that matched our paint color and cut out the pieces using the templates James made. This took quite a bit of time, as I wanted to match the patterns up so the seams were less noticable. The plan was to Mod Podge it on, but the glue caused one of the papers to bleed its color a bit, so I just used Mod Podge to glue it only. I used a sponge brush to brush the glue on to the paper and then placed the paper on the horse, smoothing out wrinkles and bubbles. This was the really tricky part—smoothing it out quickly before the paper had a chance to dry, but not so fast that it created more wrinkles and bubbles.

Lastly, we had planned to cover the finished horse with clear sealant, since the Mod Podge made the color run, but the sealant caused the paper to wrinkle, so we ended up just leaving it unsealed.

It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty cute. And Hannah seemed to like it, which is what matters most, right? 🙂

Is it just me, or is she the cutest baby in the whole world?

Thanks for stopping by!

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4 responses

  1. MOM

    Sooooo cute! You two did a great job! Looks like Hannah loved it.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  2. Do you happen to still have the templates you used for the scrapbook paper. I would like to something similar to this for my nephew — I’m just not that crafty! Thanks.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    • I might still have them, I’ll have to look around, but they would only work if you had the exact same rocking horse. Just in case I can’t find them, to make the templates, my husband just took regular printer paper and traced the edges of the horse. Then I cut them out and trimmed them down until they were the size I wanted. If you haven’t worked with Mod Podge before, I would definately recommend that you do a practice project first. That was the really tricky part. Good luck! 🙂

      June 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

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