10 Steps to Creating a Pallet Horse for Your Kids

10 Steps to Creating a Pallet Horse for Your Kids

If you have a horse-obsessed child then this is the perfect project for the two of you to do together. It doesn’t take much time and it can incorporate your child’s artistic side. To get started you need to get together a few tools, nails, and a wooden pallet.

If you don’t have a pallet you could order one from a pallet distributor like Challengerpallet.com or if you don’t mind using a used pallet, holler at your farmer friends. Most likely they’ll have a few lying around that they’d be more than happy to part with.

What You Need

  • 1 pallet
  • Some nails
  • Paint (If you want)
  • Rope or cloth for the mane and tail
  • Staples


  • A saw or something to cut the wood
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Staple gun

Once you’ve gathered all of your materials it’s time to get started. This project should only take you and your kid an hour or two unless you choose to dedicate more time into it.

Step 1

Using the back of your hammer remove all of the nails from your pallet. If your kids a little older this is a great activity to assign them to do. It’s simple but difficult enough they’ll feel like big helpers. You really just wanted this pallet for its wood, so get those old nails out of there.

Step 2

You need to decide how tall you want your horse to be. Is this for a little toddler or your five-year-old? Once you’ve decided on height, it’s time to start cutting. If I wanted the seat of my horse to be about 2 feet from the floor then I’d cut 6 pieces of wood to be about 2 feet and 3 inches long.

Step 3

Now take 4 of the 6 pieces that you just cut and trim the edge at a 30-degree angle. This is the top of the horse’s leg where the legs will attach to the horse’s body.

Step 4

Take one of the pieces of wood that you didn’t trim the edges of, turn it vertical and nail the four legs to the two top corners of both sides of the vertical piece of wood. You should have the body of your horse created forming two upsidedown “V’s”

Step 5

The last piece of wood that you cut will be nailed down horizontally on the vertical piece of wood that has the four legs attached to it. The vertical piece and horizontal piece should form a “T”. Now you should have the legs, body, and back of your horse formed.

Step 6

Next, you’ll want to create the neck of your horse. If your horse is about 2 feet tall then I’d suggest cutting a 2ft piece of wood. You’ll then angle one side so the neck will be at an angle instead of just straight up and down. You can decide if you want a high stepping pony or a racehorse with its head tilted forward.

Step 7

Once the neck is angled the way you want it, nail it onto one side of the back of the horse. Make sure you put it all the way to the front so that there is plenty of room for your kid to sit on the horse’s back.

Step 8

Now you’ll want to cut your horse’s face. If your neck is two feet I’d say cut 2 pieces of wood to be 1ft in length. Nail these to either side of the very top of the neck.

Step 9

This is now the perfect time for you and your kid to sand the horse if you want to decrease the chances of splinters. Once you’ve finished sanding it’s time to break out the paint. Your kid will love the chance to make their horse truly unique.

Step 10

If you decided to paint the horse you’ll need to wait until it’s completely dry. Then take your rope or cloth, or whatever you’ve chosen for the mane and tail and staple them into place.

And just like that, you and your child have created a fun and unique horse for them to ride. If you feel like going above and beyond you could even add wheels to the horse’s legs so it can move around the yard. Have fun creating!

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