Super Simple (and Gorgeous) Horseshoe Christmas Decorations | For You to Create

December 03, 2019

Super Simple (and Gorgeous) Horseshoe Christmas Decorations | For You to Create

I was inspired this year to incorporate some equestrian style into our Christmas décor and decided to use horseshoes as a base for tree decorations. I was so happy with how they turned out and they were seriously simple to make.  If you’d like to have a go, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Horseshoe
  • Spray paint
  • Ribbon or string
  • Scissors
  • Decoration 
  • Hot glue gun or similar strong adhesive glue

Step 1: Source Horseshoes

I sourced some lovely teeny tiny horseshoes from my local farrier supplies store (they have left-over or mismatched pairs of brand new shoes that they sell for a few dollars a pair). 

Tip: I’d recommend using small aluminium shoes all of a similar size as they are so much lighter to hang on Christmas tree branches than steel.


Step 2: Use Existing or Buy Equestrian Decorations

If you already have equestrian Christmas tree decorations and if they are the right size for your horseshoe(s) then use those.  I didn’t have any horse decorations so I was delighted when I found carousel horse Christmas decorations at Farmers Department Store (New Zealand) on a buy one, get one free offer.  

Tip: Take your horseshoe(s) shopping with you so that you can check that decorations are going to be the right size for the horseshoe(s).  The decoration needs to have contact points with the horseshoe to be able to glue them together.

 Carousel Pony Christmas decoration

I snapped the carousel pole off the decoration as I wanted a horse rather than a carousel pony.
Horse Christmas decoration

The apple decorations were the perfect equestrian match. I discovered them at Pataka Christmas Shop in Christchurch and paid $1 for a bag of x12 small apples and $1 for a bag of x8 large apples. Bargain!  I paired one large apple with one small apple on the horseshoes.

 Apple Christmas decorations

I also bought a couple of non-equestrian decorations to balance the Christmas tree out. 

Step 3: Paint the Horseshoe(s)

Spray paint the horseshoe(s) on both sides, leaving the first side to dry before turning over to paint the back.

Tip: You could add glitter to the freshly spray painted shoe to create some added sparkle.

 Silver spray painted horseshoes

Step 4: Attach Ribbon for Hanging

Thread the ribbon through the top nail hole of the horseshoe. Thread the ribbon from the back side of the shoe to the front and tie a knot twice to ensure the ribbon doesn’t fall back through the nail hole.

Tip: I used black ribbon so that it isn’t noticeable when the decoration is hanging on the tree

 Thread the ribbon from the back
Tie the knots

Step 5: Attach Your Decoration to the Horseshoe

I used a hot glue gun to attach the decoration to the horseshoe. A hot glue gun may not be sufficient for highly glittery decorations in which case I used supaglue. You could use an alternative fast drying strong adhesive.  The apples were easy to attach as they had wire that I could just twist around the shoe.  Fine wire is another alternative to glue for attaching decorations.

Glue decoration to the horseshoe

That's it!  Told you it was simple. 

Now it’s time to hang on the Christmas tree and admire your handy work.

Hanging horseshoe decorations on the Christmas tree

Horseshoe Mementoes Christmas decoration

Horseshoe Mementoes Christmas tree

If you'd like to check out other ways that I incorporated equestrian touches into Christmas click here.

Merry Christmas and have fun creating!

Kate xx

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