A long time ago, before Hurricane Katrina ever tried to wipe out New Orleans, I came across a family's Halloween idea site. One of the many ideas I loved about this site was the horseman idea the King family posted: "Create this neat prop by using a child's horse. Paint it all black, eyes painted white, and stick a skeleton on the saddle. Then attach real rope to the face and use a child's size grim reaper costume." The idea stuck with me for some time and I kept it filed away in the back of my head.
Then I discovered Craftster. A fabulous post over there caught my eye, on how to turn a child's bounce horse into a carousel horse. And somehow in the twisted confines of my head, these two projects combined to form a carousel My Little Halloween Pony.
|Umbrella base for support from Ace Hardware, a wooden dowel, a random furniture leg from Home Depot, and some PVC pipe fittings. The saddle area is still primer, but the rest of the horse has it's first coats of paint.|
|Closer up on the mouth, you can see some blood coming out. I wanted to add vampire fangs in the mouth, but the mouth isn't open far enough to fit them in. I actually bought a set of cheap vampire fangs from Walgreens but they were too big. :(|
|The finished horse of doooooooooooooooooooooom! To hide the hot glue mess in the saddle, I dressed it up with some ribbon I had and some flowers/leaves from the Dollar Tree.|
|A profile shot so you can see the vampire bite, new reins, patterned duct tape bridle (I really hated the flat orange paint job I did originally), and blue highlights.|
|Close up of the paint job on the saddle.|