Decorating With Horse Shoes
I am glad that my horses are able to go barefoot. Meaning, I am glad that their hooves are strong enough for the activities that I do with them that they don’t need to wear shoes. Shoeing a horse can be an expensive task to do every other month. But I wish I had a supply of horse shoes, so I could have them for arts and craft projects. However, my local feed store sells horse and pony shoes, making it easy to get what I need when I have an idea pop into my head.
I found this project on Allabout.com and it such an easy project to do. It doesn’t take a lot of time, or a lot of money to make a decorator equestrian accent to add some fun to your home decor. With the exception of the ribbon display I made, this one was the easiest. And the least expensive to make.
How To Frame A Horse Shoe
When you have down time, and you are typically very active, you get antsy. Your mind starts coming up with things to do to keep you busy. And although the first thing I like to do to stay busy is eat, that isn’t a good idea to fill your day (and night) with. So to keep myself busy while I can’t ride, I have focused on making crafts. And a lot of these crafts have an equestrian theme.
So horse shoe art has become a bit of a passion for me lately. Horse shoes are associated with horses, and you can find them in a lot of decor whether English or western style.
And to make this project you will only need a few things. For most of these items, I have provided links in case you aren’t able to purchase them locally. They are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase something from Amazon using these links, I do receive a small commission. This helps me to continue to do what I do on my blog.
What You Will Need
- 8 x 10 Frame with a back easel (plastic works best)
- A horse shoe
- Acrylic paints
- Mod Podge Matte Finish sealer
- 9 x 11 piece of fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
What You Will Do
First, remove the glass from your photo frame, you won’t need it. Then, choose a paint color for your frame. You could leave the frame plain if you wanted too. But I chose to paint mine.
When you are painting the frame, don’t use a lot of paint. The idea is to make the frame look weathered, and distressed. With a thin coat of paint it is easier to achieve this. Paint every viewable portion of the frame. The front, and all of the sides, and then allow to dry.
If your paint is a little thicker than you would like, use some sand paper to remove some of the paint. If you are going to sand the frame, be sure to allow at least 24 hours between painting and sanding to allow the paint to cure. Otherwise the paint will just peel instead of sand off.
Then seal the frame with the Mod-Podge.
Attach the fabric to the frame. The fabric will be your background, so you want to make sure that the backing is completely covered. You don’t want to see a corner of the frame backing stick through. It is a good idea to have the fabric overlap and you can fold it over the back of the frame and glue it down.
Once you have completed the fabric gluing, now it is is time to attach your horse shoe. If you want, you can leave the horse shoe plain, or you can choose to paint it. That’s what I did. And I had a theme of colors, so I chose pink. The horse shoe took two coats of paint to be covered. And I thought about distressing the shoe with sandpaper, but in the end I like how the pink looked, so I did not sand any of the paint off.
Once the horse shoe was dry, I attached it to the center of the frame, using my hot glue gun. You may be thinking the horse shoe is too heavy to stay attached with just glue stick glue, but it is ok. It will stick, I promise! Just be sure to apply enough glue to the back of the horse shoe. And allow it to dry flat for an hour or so before setting it upright.
And once the glue has dried, your artwork is complete!
All that’s left to do is to find someplace to display your masterpiece.
Like I said, this is a simple project that you can easily complete in an afternoon, if you have all of the supplies. It was nice to have an easy project, after spending a lot of time on the wooden art I had made for the wall. But in the end, each project was worth the time I invested. And when I am able to ride again, I will have these pieces to remind me of what to do when I have some down time.