How to Make Carousel Horse Ornaments


Rather than spend a fortune and long days at a ceramics studio to produce 3-D carousel horse ornaments, opt for a simpler, but no less gorgeous, methodology that replicates the art of decoupage. You'll need a little patience, a few supplies and the desire to make signature carousel horse ornaments that will so delight you that you'll be reluctant to pack them away at the end of the holidays.

Step 1

Choose between glass, plastic and resin Christmas ornament blanks or try them all, if you like. You can find ornament blanks at major craft stores or on the Internet. Buy the ones with hanging stems attached. Learn a bit about the art of decoupage (see link) so you understand the methodology you'll use to make your carousel horse ornaments.

Step 2

Obtain clip art of carousel horses by purchasing a CD loaded with copyright-free images in jpeg format (don't buy the software until you're assured there is at least one carousel horse image on the disk). Upload the image(s) to your computer.

Step 3

Open your page layout or word processing software. Import the carousel horse jpeg into a document. Resize the horse image to fit your ornament blanks. At least 2.5 inches should do the job, but try one at 3 inches, print both and cut out the horses to see which size works best on your ornaments.

Step 4

Import additional carousel horse images, copy and paste them on the page or access the "step-and-repeat" tool on your software's pull-down menu to replicate as many images as you wish with one keystroke. Cover an 8.5-by-11-inch document with multiple carousel horse images. Fill in sections of each using your color palette or wheel so even if you've only one style, each looks different.

Step 5

Output the horse art on adhesive-backed computer paper once you're satisfied with each of your horses. Trim the carousel horses with glitter, bits of gold rope, faux jewels and embellishments while they're still on the page using small drops of quick-drying craft glue with a toothpick.

Step 6

Carefully cut out each carousel horse with scissors or get a better edge using an X-ACTO craft knife. Leave the adhesive backing in place until all the horses are cut. Immobilize your ornaments by placing them in an empty egg carton while you work on individual pieces. Peel off the paper backing and press the carousel horse art to each ornament, using a ruler edge to bond the art to the surface.

Step 7

Spray or paint each ornament with sealer and allow it to dry thoroughly. Thread a length of thin satin ribbon into the stem atop each ornament. Wrap the finished art in tissue paper and store the ornaments, or display them from cup hooks year-round.

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Computer
  • Clip art CD
  • Adhesive-backed printer sheets
  • Decorative trim
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors or X-ACTO knife
  • Thin ribbon
  • Sealer
  • Egg carton


  • Decoupage Artists Worldwide: About
  • Crafttown: Decoupage Instruction

Who Can Help

  • The Artful Crafter: Christmas Ornaments
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About this Author

Based in Chicago, Gail Cohen has been a professional writer for more than 25 years. She has authored and co-authored 14 books and penned articles in various consumer and trade publications, including the Illinois-based "Daily Herald" newspaper. She won two Chicago Business Marketing Association awards for writing and design. Cohen holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Georgia.

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