Dala Horse Party Craft

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

I’m in birthday party mode these days. Two weeks ago I shared my collaborative banner idea, and today I am so happy to share this cute craft I did for a horse-loving six-year old. It’s really so simple and easy to prepare. The hardest part is cutting the cardboard (think: hand-strengthening exercise!). But I have a good trick for this part, too.

Are you ready to find out what you need to make this happen at home? Here we go…

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft

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SUPPLY LIST:

~ Cardboard (an old box or two)

~ Dala horse template (I blew this up 125%)

~ Scissors or an Exacto knife

~ Cutting mat (if you are using the Exacto knife)

~ Tempera paint

~ Jars with lids

~ Brushes

~ Pom-poms

~ Glue

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

SETTING UP FOR THE PARTY:

~ Pre-party: Download the template and cut out the horses. Using an exact knife and cutting mat makes it so much easier if you are doing many. But if are doing just a few you could get away with using a good pair of scissors.

~ Party day: Cover a table with newspaper. Put out the jars of paint, the pom-poms, and the glue. Lay a few horses around the table. And that’s it! I put one sample in the middle just because I know from experience that if the kids see something more abstract they are less likely to paint a smiley face or something more representational. I like pushing older kids to think more about color and shapes rather than realism. (In my art classes I never put out an example because we really don’t do crafts. If we did do something that was more purposeful, I am there to talk to them before-hand and I only have six kids, so I know that I can give them my attention. This party had 15 kids and there were 3 craft tables so I thought an example was the most efficient way to relay my message.)

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

~ Most of the girls wanted to make more than one. Luckily, I brought some extra! They spent an average of 15-20 minutes on one horse, just to give you an idea of timing. One way to spread out the craft would be to include more collage pieces like tissue paper circles and yarn.

~ Make sure to lay out some newspaper of the floor for drying. And one tip that I will share is bring some paper plates so that the kids can transport them home easier. Most likely the horses won’t be completely dry.

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

Cut Dala horse shapes from cardboard and let the kids paint and embellish - perfect party craft!

Even though I call this a craft, the thing I love about it is that it is open to interpretation. Each horse is unique. The shape is just the canvas, the rest is up to the child’s own expression.

You could do this craft using all sorts of different shapes, I have some butterfly templates, an owl template, and a few other animal templates here and here if you want to check them out.

Let me know if you try this, I would love to see your photos!

xo, Bar