Toy Horse Into Bronze Garden Sculpture! Painted Like a Boss!


I saw this large toy horse at the thrift shop and instantly fell in love with it. I just had to get it and do something with it. The mane and tail were typically matted. Red nail polish and other stains decorated it.
I thought of removing the nail polish and stains, but plastic can melt. Painting the horse was necessary. There really is no salvaging matted synthetic successfully...
It's such a large horse, about 22" tall and long. Where to put it was how I came up with the idea... outside.
So I lathered it with plaster of paris. Mane and tail. I ran the substance completely through, squeezing and reapplying it. Then I formed the base where I wanted the mane to flow onto the body. After allowing the plaster to dry, I applied indoor/outdoor caulk. Like decorating a cake, but with a caulk gun, I made a flowing mane and tail.
Then painted the horse. Looks like a bronze statue. Like a boss!
The lengthy in depth details are posted on my blog.

Suggested materials:

  • Toy Horse  (Thrift Shop)
  • Plaster of Paris  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Outdoor Silicone Caulk  (Walmart)
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  • Elizabeth
    on Dec 5, 2019

    I finally found the post again for this wonderful project. I finished my horse and just love him, even though he is a little different from the example shown. Ronna Janssen, mine has survived all of our summer rain. Below is a picture of my version of the horse. I call him Pegasus.

  • Anna Y
    on Jan 26, 2020

    Awesome! I have been looking for a toy horse for a long time to do something like that.

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