Camp Doll Diaries Horse Week

Hi! It’s KC from The Real Thing with the Coake Family and I’m so excited to be here on Doll Diaries today. We were asked to take part in the fun of Camp Doll Diaries and gladly accepted. When we saw there was going to be a horse camp week, we knew that was the week for us. We love horses…so we came up with a fun horse and doll craft and activity for you.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

My daughters and I decided that some we needed some jumps so we could do some doll and horse show jumping. I’ve got all the directions for you so you can make your own show jumps for your dolls and horses.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Supplies needed to make all three jumps:

  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Wood scrapbook paper (1 piece)
  • Glue or scrapbook adhesive
  • Scissors
  • 1 – 36” dowel rod cut into 3 – 12” sections (or you could buy 3 – 12” dowel rods pre-cut)
  • Brown paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Felt – 1 piece each of green, tan, and blue
  • 2 Styrofoam cones (smooth foam will work best as we are going to paint it)
  • Dinner knife
  • Paint
  • 2 Jumbo craft sticks
  • 1 Styrofoam brick
  • 2 wood fence pieces (I found them in the unfinished wood section at our craft store)
  • Utility knife or Exacto knife

Start by painting your 3 – 12” dowel rods brown (or whatever color you prefer). We will add them to the various jumps as we make them.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Let’s start with the most simple and inexpensive jump to make.

1. Using scissors, cut a half circle shape out of the end of your toilet paper roll. Do this on both sides of the toilet paper roll.

2. Cover the tube with scrapbook paper using either glue or scrapbook adhesive. (If you don’t have scrapbook paper you can paint them or leave them plain)

3. Cut slits in the paper to allow it to fold down easily.

4. Glue the slits down inside the tube.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Add your dowel rod on top of the tubes in the half circles…our first jump is almost done.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

If you have ever seen show jumping, you know that they usually have some additional challenge to the jump with grass, sand or water below the jump. We wanted to add those to our jumps as well. To add this, take your green piece of felt and either trace the shape you want and cut it or just free form cut your felt to the shape you like.

Yay! We have a show jump! If you have watched show jumping, you know they always have more than one jump, so we had to have more than one as well.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Our next jump is more challenging for the riders. It is a two bar jump. You will need the two Styrofoam cones for this jump. Using a dinner knife (or having an adult do it for you if that is the rule in your house), cut two diagonal slits into the top of both cones. Then scratch out the center between the two slits to round it out. This will be a place for one of the rods to sit.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Paint your Styrofoam cones. Mine took two coats of paint to cover well. Painting the area that you cut will help prevent more Styrofoam from falling off as you play with the jumps.

Paint your two jumbo craft sticks. Using an Exacto knife (have an adult help you), cut the Jumbo craft stick about 2” or 3” from the top. It should be long enough to go into the foam but not go all the way through the foam.

Use a dinner knife to cut a slit into the cone where you want the craft stick to be placed. Push the craft stick into the foam. It should be in far enough that it can hold the dowel rod and be secure.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Look at that…almost done with another jump! As you can see we added our other 12” dowel rods to the top of the Styrofoam and on top of the craft sticks that are stuck into the foam.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

As you can see, we added ‘sand’ under this jump. We found a piece of tan felt that looked like a good sand substitute. For this jump, I traced the Styrofoam cones on the felt and cut that part away. Then I free form cut the rest of the felt away. This way, the cones will fit and not have to sit on the felt. Our second jump is done!

I have one more jump for you…this one has a water feature. Ohh la la!

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

I used a strong fabric/craft glue to glue my felt to the Styrofoam, but I think regular glue will work. Just give it time to dry. Once you glue the felt to the ends and around the brick, place something heavy on the brick and let the glue dry before moving on.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Please make sure to be careful in this process and have an adult help you with cutting the slits into the foam. It may take a little patience to wiggle the fence into place in the foam brick. Once you have pushed and wiggled it into place, it should be very secure and a horse or doll shouldn’t be able to knock the fence out.

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Our water feature jump…all done! Doesn’t it look cute?!

Camp Doll Diaries Horse Jumps

Now you have three show jumps ready for some horse camp fun! Don’t forget to add your Camp Doll Diaries logo signs to each jump.

Doll & Horse Show Riding

Our dolls were ready to try out the course. They tacked up their horses and got ready. We set out a challenging course for them. Here they are surveying the course. If you want to see our dolls using the show jumps and see who won the competition, come on over to The Real Thing with the Coake Family ~ Doll & Horse Show Riding Fun. It was quite the fun and quite the competition.

Thanks so much for having us Doll Diaries. We had so much fun creating this craft for ourselves, our dolls and all the fantastic Camp Doll Diaries participants.

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KC is a stay at home mom of two cuties who are 11 and 6. She loves running, reading, scrapbooking, Starbucks, hiking, cooking, picnics, pretending to be crafty, and having fun with her family.
She blogs at The Real Thing with the Coake Family about crafts, organizing, family fun, American Girl ideas, cooking, and all manner of fun things, while keeping it real, not magazine glossy.