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Rocking Horse Christmas Ornaments {7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor}

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These adorable paper rocking horse Christmas ornaments look just like wooden rocking horses.

I cannot believe we are on the last 7 Days of Paper Christmas decor project this year. I love all the projects so far, but I might have saved the best for last because how cute are these rocking horse paper Christmas ornaments?

paper rocking horse on Christmas tree

These little ornaments are so quick to assemble. The legs are just pressed together like puzzle pieces. And with just a few drops of glue you will be ready to hang your cute little horses.

But even better than that…  I made all 5 of these rocking horses out of just 2 sheets of cardstock! 

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paper rocking horse on tree

Scandinavian Christmas Decor

This year I have been using a Scandinavian or Nordic inspiration for all our Christmas decor. One of the things I noticed was pretty prominent was rocking horses.

The wooden rocking horse is such a nostalgic vintage thing, probably something was that handmade for Christmas gifts. 

So it makes sense that they are perfect for sweet, simple Christmas decor!

Christmas tree with paper ornaments

Obviously I could make a wooden rocking horse. But to make tiny little Christmas ornaments, why not use paper!

And the paper rocking horses can be put together easily. They will be the perfect finishing touch for your Scandinavian Christmas tree!

close up of paper rocking horse on tree

How to Make Paper Rocking Horse Ornaments

Supplies:

Cut the Rocking Horse Template

Cut the horse bodies without the mane and tail, legs, and joint pieces out of the brown Kraft paper. Make sure you have 2 of each for each ornament.

Cut the horse bodies with the mane and tail, and rockers out of the cream paper. You need 1 body with mane and tail and 2 rockers per ornament.

paper rocking horse pieces on table

Use a pin or needle to poke out any small cut out pieces. 

Assemble the Rocking Horses

The rocking horses are super easy to assemble!

Start by glueing the body with the mane & tail between two bodies without. The super glue is best for this because it will not add bulk to the paper. 

If you use hot glue you may have to cut the slots in the joint pieces a little bigger to accommodate the extra bulk.

cut out paper horse supplies being put together

After the bodies are dry, press the larger slot on the joint pieces into the body slots. They should fit tightly, but if not (or if you want to make sure someone can’t pull them apart) you can secure with a little glue.

Press the legs into the small joint slots. The back legs are the ones with the slight bend to them. Make sure they are on straight by checking the hooves are pointing forward. 

folding paper rocking horses together

Place a small dot of glue on the hooves and attach the rocker piece. Repeat on the other side.

in process photos of paper rocking horses being put together on craft table

To hang your new rocking horse ornaments, thread some thread on a needle (I used a forest green color so it blended in with the tree). Poke it through the body of the rocking horse just under the mane. 

using needle and thread to add string for hanging rocking horse

Tie a knot and hang your rocking horse on your tree!

Don’t they look so great on the tree with the cross-stitched Nordic snowflake ornaments? It’s the perfect start to our Scandinavian Christmas tree. 

Christmas tree with paper ornaments hanging including paper rocking horses and nordic ornaments
close up of paper rocking horse on tree

How to Make a Paper Rocking Horse Christmas Ornaments

Yield: 1 Paper Rocking Horse
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

Make These adorable paper Christmas ornaments that look just like wooden rocking horses.

Materials

  • Rocking horse template
  • Brown Kraft cardstock
  • Cream cardstock
  • Precision tip superglue

Tools

  • Needle and thread
  • *Silhouette Cameo or other electronic cutting machine

Instructions

  1. Cut the horse bodies (without mane, tail, legs, and joint pieces) out of brown brown kraft paper.
  2. Cut the horse bodies (with the mane, tail, and rockers) out of the cream paper.
  3. Use a pin or needle to poke out any small pieces.  
  4. Glue the body with the mane & tail between two bodies.
  5. After the bodies are dry, press the larger slot on the joint pieces into the body slots.
  6. Press the legs into the small joint slots.
  7. Place a small dot of glue on the hooves and attach the rocker piece.
  8. Repeat on the other side.
  9. Attach thread with a needle for hanging.

And they are the perfect project to end the 7 Days of Paper Christmas decor series this year! In case you missed any of the other projects, check them out below.

You can also check out all the paper Christmas projects from last year for more budget Christmas decor!

paper rocking horse Christmas ornament pin image with text overlay

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