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Upcycled Toy Horse into a Garden Sculpture

Written By petite karinne on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 7:00 PM

I saw this large toy horse at the thrift shop and instantly fell in love with it.  I just had to get it and do something with it. The mane and tail were typically matted. Red nail polish and other stains decorated it. 

It's such a large horse, about 22" tall and long.  Where to put it was how I came up with the idea... outside.  

I thought of removing the nail polish and stains, but plastic can melt. Painting the horse was necessary. 

There really is no salvaging matted synthetic successfully...

So I lathered it with plaster of paris. Mane and tail. I ran the substance completely through, squeezing and reapplying it. Then I formed the base where I wanted the mane to flow onto the body. 

After allowing the plaster to dry, I applied indoor/outdoor caulk. Like decorating a cake, but with a caulk gun, I made a flowing mane and tail. 

After placing the caulk where it appeared realistic ... or artistic :)
I smoothed out some of the unnatural areas of blobs. 

Then waited for it to dry. 

And waited. 

Until finally the next day, the caulk was dry. 

I spray painted a base coat of Krylon, a plastic adhering paint, in espresso color. My constant plaster application and formation did scour the body a bit too, so the shiny finish of original paint dulled making paint adhere easily.

Lightly spraying and getting into all of the grooves and crevices. 

Then a second coat a bit later. 

Finally for the finishing up, I used indoor/outdoor Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint for a cast iron look. 

(I was NOT a paid advertiser or affiliate for this product.  It was a product choice of my own based on layman's experience.) 

Now the pretty thing looks like a bronze statue! 

The toy horse is certainly a grown up now. "Thinking outside of the toy box"  ;) 

Who would have thought under this paint is a toy?  

This project can be done by anyone!  You CAN do this. I hope thinking outside the toybox works for many to "rescue" toys like this to grow up into upcycled uses. Snag up those toys your children outgrew and let them grow with them in a new way for you or them. 



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