Hi Horse Pals ~
I love to build and I thought it would be fun to build my own horse trailer for my Breyer horse collection. It was a lot of fun to make and all of my horses love it! It's a fun project to do and if you use power tools like I did, make sure you have an adult helping you.
Here are my how-to steps:
1. First, there was a lot to plan ... how many horses did I want to fit, would there be room for hay and accessories and if so, how much room. We decided to make our trailer 15" long and 8" tall as we wanted to be able to fit a few big horses or lots of little ones at once.
2. Next, we found some recycled wood in our garage and measured the wood and cut it. We cut the side panels the same size and the front and back we made with an arch to fit a roof.
3. I then painted the wood with paint I had in my garage - you can paint it any color - I made mine white.
4. We drilled holes where we used screws because it makes it much easier when you hold the drill and screw in the screws. We then attached the 3 sides and the bottom.
5. We decided we wanted the back to come down like a real trailer so we took a latch off one of our old toy boxes and attached it to the bottom of the trailer and the back panel so it opens and closes like a real trailer. (The hard part was figuring out how to keep the back door up after the horses were loaded.) We took a string from an old pool toy and a bead from Avery's bead collection and we attached the string without the bead to one side with a screw and pulled it across the back door and latched it with the bead on the other. It worked out better than we expected and now we can easily load and unload the horses.
6. We went to our local hardware store and bought 4 little wheels and screwed them to the bottom so the trailer can roll.
7. We took fabric from an old curtain and cut it to fit the top and sewed around it for smooth edges. We then put velcro at both ends so the roof can come off or to one side whenever we want to get to the horses.
8. Final touches: With some of the scrap wood, I made a little ledge inside the trailer for supplies. I used an old show hair net to hold hay that we made out of wool and I attached it to the front of the inside part of the trailer with little nails. I then decorated the trailer with some fun horse stickers and I was ready to play!
My next project is to build a truck. I would love to hear about any homemade projects you've done and we'll post them to the blog. Happy building!
Your horse pal,