Recycled Pony Sculpture

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Make a Recycled Pony Sculpture, inspired by horse sculptures that many contemporary artists have made from found materials, such as driftwood and wire.


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Wiggly Eyes 7mm
  • Wood Clothespins
  • 3 Cardboard paper rolls
  • Craft Glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hole Punch


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Step 2.

First, let’s make the base of the pony sculpture. Take one cardboard paper roll and lay a ruler across horizontally as shown. Draw (1) line which is 1 inch from the edge. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3.


Rotate the roll 2 inches and repeat Step 1 by making (2) 1 inch lines starting at each edge. You will have drawn (4) lines in total.

Step 4.

Cut the lines with your scissors to create 4 slits in the roll.

Step 5.


Gently clip the Clothespins to the slits in the roll (as shown) to create the legs of the pony.

Step 6.


Next, you will make the neck and head of your pony sculpture. Take a second cardboard roll and draw a 1 inch line starting on the edge of the roll. Use a ruler to measure a space which is 2 inches from the line. Now draw second 1 inch line.

Step 7.

Now continuing around the roll, draw a line every 1/2 inch until you are back to the first line you drew.

Step 8.


Cut each of the lines. You will now have one large 2 inch flap and 5 smaller 1/2 inch flaps.

Step 9.


Starting at the other end of the roll, cut a piece diagonally out of the roll, about 1 inch down from the edge (as shown.) This will create the neck of the horse.

Step 10.


Line up the second neck roll to the first body roll so that the largest flap is inside the body roll and the other flap pieces hang outside as shown.

Step 11.

Place glue on each of the (5) flaps and adhere to the body of the pony.

Step 12.

To make the pony’s head, take the third roll and carefully cut in half.

Step 13.

Place half in the opening of the neck to make the head. The piece will fit snug, but you should add some glue around the edges to secure.

Step 14.


The pony’s body is complete. Stuff a large Pom into the end of the head to create a finished look. 

Step 15.

Decorate your horse by painting the body, adding Poms for the nose and ears and gluing on (2) Wiggly Eyes.

Step 15.


To create the beaded tail, cut an 18 inch piece of wire. Take beads (we chose Faceted Beads for our sculpture),and string one onto the wire. Twist the wire around the bead (as shown) to hold the bead in place.

Step 16.


Repeat Step 15 with (8) beads as shown.

Step 17.


Punch a hole for the tail on the backside of the pony and string the tail through. Create a loop to secure and trim any excess wire.

Step 18.


To create the mane, cut another 18 inch piece of wire. Take one end of the wire and wrap it around one of the flaps of the neck. 

Step 19.


Add a few beads to the wire and wrap the wire around the neck. Continue to add beads and wrap the wire until you get to the top of the neck. Trim off excess wire and secure the end of the wire to the place where the head meets the neck. Your recycled pony sculpture is now complete!