Looking for the perfect homemade gift for a fellow horse lover? These are great DIY ideas to create something unique and personalized. I’ll be making some this year for my trainer, horse-sitter and a few of my horsey friends, all of whom are impossible to shop for! Every Christmas I struggle with what to buy and how much to spend, so these DIY gifts will be a welcome change. And don’t worry; you don’t need to be ultra crafty to pull most of these off. Start small and you might surprise yourself 🙂
(Note: if you prefer store bought options check out Practical Gift Ideas for Equestrians)
1. Custom Wall Art
Equestrian art pieces can be very expensive, and often hard to find. I love this unique DIY Stamp Art (see details here). You can also print a favorite quote, joke or image and place in a simple frame. For inspiration, check out my Pinterest board Savvy Horse Quotes & Jokes.
2. Horseshoe Decor
You can make just about anything out of horseshoes, and there’s never a shortage of them around the barn. Even something as simple as a shoe nailed to colorful barn board would make a thoughtful gift.
3. Ribbon Browband
I remember making these as a kid, and still have a few tucked away that remind me of Pony Club shows from many years ago. These are a fun way to add some color to schooling tack and are easy to make. Step by step instructions can be found here.
4. Chalkboard Horse
If you’re looking for a way to use your old Breyers horses this is it! Just spray with chalkboard paint ( 2 coats) and allow to dry. They can be used as place settings, as pictured above (directions here) or my personal favorite is large model horse that can be used to write notes, quotes etc. My kids love these too.
5. D-Ring Belt
These belts would look cute with breeches or jeans, and could be make to match a rider’s show colors. There’s some skill required for this one, but this tutorial walks you though it. I might need a few for myself as well…
6. Bit Warmer
If you live in a cold climate, a bit warmer will be much appreciated! There’s great instructions found here.
7. Boot Scrapper
For those of you with a knack for working with wood (unfortunately that’s not me), this would be welcome addition at any barn, or house in the country. Here are the directions.
8. Rope Halter
This project has been on my to-do list for a while. All those knots are intimidating, but there’s some great resources online (and videos as well) that can walk you through it.
9. Sugar Cubes & Treats
These DIY Sugar Cubes are cute and easy to make (maybe with Holiday colors and shapes?). Homemade horse treats make a fun gift too.
Update: see Ultimate Guide to Homemade Horse Treats Recipes. for more ideas.
10. Homemade Hand Scrub
Check out my recipe for DIY Dirty Rider’s Homemade Hand Scrub. This is so simple to make, and is a great last minute gift idea. Anyone who works around horses will appreciate a bit of pampering for their hands!
Looking for more DIY ideas? Check out the eBook, Starter’s Guide to D.I.Y. Horse Care for homemade grooming product recipes.