Painted and hand-carved Dala horses are a traditional Swedish handicraft that can be displayed any time of year. But seeing them always puts me in the holiday spirit. I've made these adorable ones from popsicle sticks and toilet paper tubes and a bit of paint. Decorating them is so much fun!


MY MOTHER had a big collection of Dala horses that she put out every Christmas. She would place them on a large brass tray with votive candles, and it made everything so magical. Here I’ve created my own Dala horses using something we all have (some more than others): toilet paper rolls. This is a fun idea to make with your kids. There are no rules. Just go ahead and have fun with it.

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SUPPLIES:
thin cardboard scissors
toilet paper tubes
craft paint
brushes
ice cream/craft sticks craft glue
  1. Cut out a horse head, like the ones in the photo, from a piece of thin cardboard.
  2. Paint the head, toilet paper tubes, and craft sticks in one solid color.
  3. Once the paint is dry, you can add more paint as decoration. The traditional Dala colors are red, green, white, and yellow.
  4. Cut a slit on top of the roll, and insert the head. Use some craft glue to secure it in place.
  5. Make 4 slits underneath, and stick in the legs. Secure with craft glue if needed.

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Painted and hand-carved Dala horses are a traditional Swedish handicraft that can be displayed any time of year. But seeing them always puts me in the holiday spirit. I've made these adorable ones from popsicle sticks and toilet paper tubes and a bit of paint. Decorating them is so much fun!
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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