Decorating With Horseshoes for Craft Day!

After I sold my first two books to Harlequin, I started seeing cool horseshoe stuff on Pinterest. Crosses, Christmas trees, reindeer, wine racks, even tables, benches, and chandeliers! I couldn’t do those things because they required welding. ? But there were other items that I thought, heck, I’m crafty. I can do that. Like the cross here that hangs on my patio. For my I “free choice” day, I’m going to walk you through how to decorate a horseshoe like the first simple one I made for my office.

       

The cool thing about this craft is you can make it simple like my first one or as elaborate as you want. It’s all up to you and your imagination. The other great thing is you can use those single beads you don’t know what to do with.

What you’ll need:

  • Horseshoe (old or new depending on your preference) nails removed
  • Miscellaneous beads
  • Wire
  • Feathers, pendants, charms or anything else you’d like to add
  • Ribbon (if you want a bow)

If I’m adding a bigger item in the center, like the cross and other dangle above, I select beads that coordinate with those. I found these at a local craft store for three or four dollars. I usually prefer a copper or dull gold wire that doesn’t stand out unless my embellishments are silver. I 20-gauge wire, but use whatever fits through your beads or what you have on hand.

       

Slip the wire through a nail hole and bend it to secure as in the above picture. Then just start playing  with the wire and beads. To get the curls I wrap the wire around a regular pencil. (See below) For smaller curls, I’ve used those tiny screwdrivers. Keep adding bead, wrapping, and twisting until you get what you like. Add charms or feathers, and twine or wire in the center. Whatever you envision. It’s easy to undo something if you decide you don’t like the look.

Here’s how my demonstration has turned out so far. I can’t decide if it needs something else or not, but not bad for less than a thirty minutes working on it. You can either add twine, chain, or ribbon to hang your horseshoe. Or you can mount it on a board the way I did with the courage, strength, and hope one. I’ve seen horseshoes put on boards with great sayings such as “Ride…as far as your dreams will take you” or my favorite “Live like someone left the gate open.” I think that may be my next quick project. Just remember to hang your horseshoe with the open end up to keep the luck from running out and to allow it to be refilled!

To see the cool horseshoe designs and items I’ve found on Pinterest, click here.

If it’s a fortune to mail the horseshoe above for the giveaway, I’ll send the beads I wired, plus more wire and beads, the dream catcher and twine. You supply the horseshoe. Whichever, it will come with a copy of Roping the Rancher, my story set on an equestrian therapy ranch. To be entered in today’s random  giveaway, comment on what you think of items made from horseshoes or what’s your favorite? Or, ask me a question about my directions if something wasn’t clear.

Now I’m off to see who offers a welding class. A horseshoe end table would be fantastic…

Happy Crafting!

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Julie Benson has written five novels for Harlequin American, and her Wishing, Texas series is available from Tule Publishing. Now that her three sons have left the nest in Dallas, when she isn't writing, Julie spends her time working on home improvement projects, rescuing dogs, and visiting Texas wineries with her husband. Visit her at www.juliebenson.net.

60 thoughts on “Decorating With Horseshoes for Craft Day!”

  1. I have an art piece I hang at Valentine’s which is multiple horseshoes (a couple are cut in half) welded together into the shape of a heart. I also have a horseshoe with my name stamped on it from Tweetsie RR from childhood.

    I love your horseshoe cross. It’s really beautiful.

    Obviously, I love horseshoes. On my wedding day, I carried a handkerchief with a horseshoe charm pinned on it.

    denise

    • All your horseshoe decorations sound fantastic, Denise! I saw a person who made letters on Etsy, but that shop has closed. 🙁
      I also saw a horseshoe flower/star kind of thing with turquoise paint that I wanted for the front of my house, but that shop’s closed too. 🙁 I’ve been looking for someone who could make it, but so far no luck. Plus now that the ideas have caught on the prices have skyrocketed. Thus, me saying I need to learn to weld. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

      • I checked, and the etsy store where I bought mine has closed, too.

        The technical high schools with welding and other trade programs don’t always take outside projects because they have specific curriculums they follow or have arrangements with non-profits to do work. At least, that’s true for the technical high school my youngest attends. His school builds a Habitat for Humanity house over two years using the trades for the education and experience.

  2. I have found cute ideas for horseshoes over the years. A few years ago here on P & P, they showed a Christmas tree made from horseshoes. I was all set to have my son, who does welding, make one for me. Our daughter had taken a farrier course (hurt her hip so couldn’t work at it) and had a box of new horse shoes of various sizes. Unfortunately she had already given them away. One of these days I hope to find enough shoes to do it. I’ll have to put the bug in his ear about the horseshoe end table. You might check your local high school or trade school. They sometimes offer classes like welding. My husband and son took their welding class at the local high school.

    Thank you for an interesting post. I haven’t done many crafts lately, but this does inspire me to at least want to get back to some of my projects. Your directions were good. I am sure you have inspired many to try their hand at this craft. I like the one above that has the purplish stone hanging from it.

    Stay safe and healthy.

    • I think I misread the post on which horseshoe you are giving away. On rereading it sounds like the dream catcher one is what you are giving away. That would be fine too. It actually matches a keychain and pair of earrings I have.

      • Patricia, I had a terrible time describing the giveaway. If it’s a fortune to mail the horseshoe I did for this post, then I’ll send the beads I wired, plus more wire and beads, the dream catcher and twine. You supply the horseshoe. Geez, why couldn’t I have explained it that way yesterday?! I’m off now to update it. Thanks for pointing it out!

    • Patricia, you made my day suggesting the high school! I never would’ve thought of that!

      I say you suggest your son making you the horseshoe end table for a Christmas present. How cool would that be? You’d not only have a fantastic table, but it would’ve been made by your son making it extra special! And make sure to tell your daughter no getting rid of horseshoes without asking first. You can sell those on Ebay to folks like me who don’t have access to a horse!

      The nice thing about the horseshoe crafts like I did, they’re simple and done quickly. I love that quick sense of accomplishment! Take care, dear lady, and thank again for the high school suggestion!

      PS I want one of those Christmas trees made of horseshoes, too!

    • Melanie, I have slowly been redoing my house to give it more of a farmhouse/western flare. It started with my office and then spread to the rest of my house. I have prints from the artist Michael Atikinson. He does a lot of mountain/western stuff with then a cowboy on a horse in the distance. I also have a cool old window that has prints from a local artist Sherri Alexander who does fabulous longhorns, Texas wildflowers and other cool stuff.

      Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

  3. I LOVE these horseshoe ideas. They are beautiful. I am always amazed with the creativity some people have. I was born with zero creativity genes. My favorite is the one with the dream catcher on it.

    • Janine, thank you for your kind words. I can’t design things like jewelry or the horseshoes, but I can copy the best of them! You should pick out a horseshoe idea you like from Pinterest and then copy it. I bet you’d be surprised how well you’d do. I like the dreamcatcher one, too, but then I love dreamcatcher anything!

      Thanks for stopping by the corral. Take care and stay safe.

    • Estella, thanks for stopping by today. I figured with that horseshoe, how could I go wrong with a dreamcatcher and turquoise? I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by the corral today. Take care and stay safe.

  4. We have a few crafts like these around here and some small horse shoe furniture items! My oldest has the horses and loves all horseshoe things. I’ll show her your post!

    • Susan, .thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I desperately want some of the horseshoe furniture. A bench I saw would be fabulous under the tree in my front yard! If I ever learn to weld, watch out. Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by to chat. Take care and stay safe.

  5. I love your horseshoe decorations. I don’t have any but would love to have one to hang. I did find a couple of old horseshoes in the top of my closet a while back and I am not even sure where they came from or how long they have been there. They where stuck on the top shelf way back in the back of the closet.

    • Now you know what you can do with the horseshoes you found! This craft is really easy. If you can’t design something, check out Pinterest for ideas. If you don’t feel comfortable curling the wire, some of the ideas wrapped the wire. Thanks for stopping by today. If you make something with the horseshoes, send me a pic and you can always email me if you have questions. Take care and stay safe! (Can you tell I’m on a be-bold-try-something-new kick?)

  6. Very interesting – I have many horse shoes from my passed on Horses – this is a neat idea to decorate them! Thanks!

  7. Teresa, you have GOT to check out Pinterest or click my link to what I’ve pinned. There are great example of things people have done with horseshoes and pics of their horses! That would be so special to make something from their shoes and then add a picture of your horses. What a lovely remembrance. I think I have your email because you’ve won giveaways before. I’ll send some ideas your way. Thanks for stopping by today! Take care and stay safe.

    • Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Crafts are something I do to reduce stress. I don’t know why it helps, but it does. Another thing that’s great in reducing my stress is refinishing furniture. I love salvaging old furniture. I have two favorite pieces that I’ve redone. I took a child’s armoire/wardrobe and turned it into a bar for my oldest son. The other project I redid an old piece I found at an estate sale in a barn. It now has a piece of granite on the top and holds dishes in my kitchen. Have a fabulous rest of the week. Take care and stay safe.

  8. I haven’t worked with those materials but the beauty and the simplicity interests me greatly. Being so artistic is very special.

    • Ruth, it was a really simple craft and seriously, I made it in about 30 minutes. With the wire, there’s no wrong way to do it. Just add beads, wrap it, curl it, or whatever. Some craft stores have small bags of coordinated beads for less than $5. If you use something like that, you don’t have to invest much. Don’t let it scare you. It takes way less artistic ability than you’d think if you put your spin on an idea you see somewhere like Pinterest.

      Thanks for your kinds words, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Take care and stay safe.

  9. I am so impressed with your ability and talent. I did art work but have never tried to create something so unique.

    • Ellie, it was pretty simple once I found the dreamcatcher. Then I picked beads that went with that and just played with the wire. I bet you could do it. I told Ruth, some craft stores have little bags with coordinated beads for less than $5. Those are nice to use because then you don’t have to buy a strand when you only need a couple beads. Take care, stay safe, and thank you for the compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  10. These are so cool. My daughter in law has two horses. I can get a shoe from each horse (my son will help with that part) and I can make her one of these and she will have something wonderful from each of her “babies” What a wonderful Christmas present this will be Thanks for sharing and inspiring today.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    • Lori, I’m thrilled I inspired you! If you have any questions email me! Since the shoes will come from your daughter-in-law’s horses, you might want to get a paint pen and add their names on the back. What a special gift and memento for her to have. She’s going to love it! Thanks for stopping by today. Take care, stay safe, and keep me posted on the gift!

    • Trudy, my grandparents who lived on a farm would’ve laughed themselves silly at me having an old horseshoe hanging in my house. I can hear my grandfather saying, “What do you want that dirty, ole’ thing for?” But I enjoy them. I can’t imagine how much more special the decoration would be if it was a shoe from one of my own horses. Maybe some day…

      Thanks for stopping by today, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post Take care and stay safe.

  11. The patience and the effort that you put into all of the various items is admirable. I am envious of individuals who pursue any sort of creativity. These are fabulous.

    • Sharon, what a sweet comment. The craft is easier than it looks. Though the first one took me longer to figure out what beads to use and how much manipulation to do with the wire. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

  12. Julie, I have a Christmas tree made out of horseshoes, which I’ve shown on site. I decorate it every year with western-type ornaments. I love your ideas and you might just inspire me to try my hand at others.

    • Margaret, if I come across a horseshoe Christmas tree this year at a decent price, I’m getting it this year. I found one a couple years ago, and didn’t buy it. Now I wish I would’ve. Hope you’re doing well.

  13. Oh, gosh, now I’m not a creative person, but I think even I could do something with horseshoes! We love them! Hubby has several hanging up in his workshop and I’m going to start looking for them at garage sales and such. You have inspired me! I’d love to make crosses with the horseshoes or the inspirational sayings with the horseshoe on it! Thanks for the ideas! Hope I win your drawing and get your book! I know that sounds mean, but I don’t intend for it to!

    • Lana, that doesn’t sound mean at all. Hey, who doesn’t want to win a giveaway?!

      I’m so glad I inspired you. By the way, it’s amazing how many horseshoes I’ve picked up for $1 at garage sales! The cross was easy, too. All you need is scrap wood. Then I painted it with acrylic craft paint. The little concho came from the craft store. I think with an inspirational saying it would be fantastic! Keep me posted on your projects and email if you have any questions. Good luck! You can do it!

  14. Cathy, I love the lamps! What did you do with everything you had? Have you noticed the prices of items such as lamps, Christmas trees, and stars made from horseshoes have really skyrocketed? Wish I’d bought them when I saw them years ago. Sigh.

  15. Wow, those are some beautiful horseshoe decorations , great job. We have 2 horseshoe decorations that each have a very cute painting on them, we loved them so we purchased them, we have had them for awhile. Horse shoes are said to bring luck. Have a great week and stay safe. Thank you for the chance.

    • Alicia, your horseshoes sound lovely. I like the fact that they’re not only decorate but bring good luck, too. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

  16. Those are all so pretty, but I really like the one on the Cross. The color of the cross and the horseshoe on it really go together well.

  17. So many pretty ideas! My mom had bookends made from horseshoes when I was growing up but they were just plain, painted black. I have a “flower” hanging on my wall that our grandson made from horseshoes after taking welding in high school. I’ll have to check out Pinterest. Maybe I will get inspired to use the old shoe my husband found in the field.

    • Alice, the bookends sound nice, and the horseshoe flower…what a wonderful gift from your grandson! I have got to learn to weld! As to finding something to do with the horseshoe your husband found, I say go for it! Take care and thanks for stopping by the corral today.

    • Debra, I’m glad my post inspired you! Let me know what you end up making, and email me if you have questions. Thanks for stopping by today. Take care and stay safe.

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