Sunday, March 15, 2009

'Donkey' (from Shrek) Stick Horse Instruction

‘Donkey’ Stick Horse Pattern
These turns out to look like ‘Donkey’ from Shrek.

A pair of old blue jeans
Some string
A little rope
hot glue gun
permanent marker
Craft eyes
fabric glue
polyester filling
3-foot-long wooden dowel with a 3/4-inch diameter


1. Cut off one jean leg about 2 feet up from the hem. Turn the leg inside out and use string to tightly tie the bottom closed.
2. Now, turn the leg right side out and glue on eyes (about 4-inches up from mouth) and draw in nostrils (about 1 2/2-inches up from mouth).
3. For the horse's mane and forelock, arrange 8-inch lengths of yarn into four bunches of 35 strands. Tie each bunch in the center with another strand.
4. Starting 2 inches above the horse's eyes in the center of the pant leg, cut 8 3/4-inch vertical slits (spaced a half inch apart). Weave one bunch of yarn through the first two slits, so that the ends stick out and resemble a forelock. Weave the other bunches through the remaining slits to create the mane.
5. For ears, cut the back pockets from the jeans and use string to tie the tops closed. Cut ear slits in the head and insert the tied ends of the pockets into them.
6. Stuff the horse's head (up to its ears) with polyester filling. Insert one end of the wooden dowel. Then, pack the neck with more filling and tightly tie the lower edge of the neck to the dowel. Finally, tie a rope bridle around the horse's nose and hot glue in place. Add a lenght of rope to your bridle for the'reins' and hot glue in place.


  1. aawwww I love Shrek, my kids must have watched it 100 times, they know it by heart! This is a very nice way to recycle jeans.

  2. Thanks! I'm old and I still love shrek!