Hundred-Year-Old Craft: Paper Horse Directions

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, July 5, 1912:  I must excuse myself for this day and pass onto the night.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old pattern for making paper horses.

I made the horse in the picture yesterday. Holidays are a great time to do old-fashioned crafts with friends and family.

If you’d like to make a paper horse, here is the pattern and the directions:

Click here for paper horse directions.

Cut out the pattern pieces. On heavy cardstock trace around the  pieces. (Note: for the cardstock I used a brown file  folder.)  Cut out and decorate as desired.

Dovetail the legs and body together at the slits. The slits for the ears (see small black line between eyes and neck) can be made by an adult using a small sharp knife or very small sharp scissors.

P.S.—Previous posts with old-time paper crafts have been very popular. If you haven’t already seen them you may want to check them out:

Paper Doll Girl and Her Swimming Ducks

Paper Birds

Swimming Frog

School Girl Paper Doll

Paper Cow

9 Responses

  1. Hi. You always have good ideas to share … perhaps Helena spent her day crafting and had no time to write!!!! Jane

  2. Simple, old-fashioned crafts are so much fun. Great job on the horse, by the way. :)

    • Thanks! I agree that simple, old-fashioned crafts are a lot of fun. I used to love to do them with my children when they were small.

  3. I think the cow would be so much more appropriate for your grandmother ;-D I am going to have to try some of these crafts soon.

  4. I have nominated you for the Commentators Award – for your encouraging and uplifting comments. Blessings ~ Patty

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