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7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor: Rocking Horse Christmas Ornaments

These adorable paper 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?

Rocking horse Christmas ornament made out of cardstock hanging on the 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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One paper Christmas ornament on a tree that looks like a vintage rocking horse.

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 decorated with Scandinavian inspired 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 photo of the paper rocking horse Christmas ornament.

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.

Pieces of the paper rocking horse ornaments on a work 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.

Pictures showing the steps of glueing the rocking horse body 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. 

Adding the legs to the rocking horse ornaments.

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

Glueing the rocker to the bottom of the paper horse ornaments.

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. 

Adding a string to hang the rocking horses on the Christmas tree.

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. 

Mini Christmas tree decorated with paper rocking horse ornaments and cross-stitch Nordic snowflakes.
Small rocking horse ornament made out of paper.

7 Days of Paper Christmas Decor: Rocking Horse Christmas Ornaments

Yield: 5 Rocking Horses
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1-$5

These DIY rocking horse paper Christmas ornaments are absolutely adorable! They look just like classic toy rocking horses. You can make 5 on just 2 pieces of cardstock!

Materials

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

Tools

  • Needle and thread
  • Optional: Silhouette Cameo
  • Scissors and X-acto knife

Instructions

  1. Cut the horse bodies without the mane, tail, legs, and joint pieces, with brown Kraft paper.
  2. Cut the horse bodies with the mane, tail, and rockers, out of cream paper.
  3. You need 1 body with mane and tail, and 2 rockers per ornament.
  4. Use a pin or needle to poke out any small cut out pieces.
  5. Glue the body with the mane & tail between two bodies without. 
  6. Once the bodies are dry, press the larger slot on the joint pieces into the body slots.
  7. Press the legs into the small joint slots. 
  8. Place a small dot of glue on the hooves and attach the rocker piece.
  9. Repeat on the other side.
  10. Hang your new rocking horse ornaments with thread attached with a threading needle.

Did you make this project?

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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!

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati
Close up of the rocking horse paper Christmas ornament with text overlay.
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Susan Jeffers

Sunday 15th of December 2019

I’m having trouble cutting out the file 1 on the rocking horse. In the Cricut Maker it cuts the horses smaller than the ones on the rocker file. Instructions on the machine keep saying it won’t cut unless it is 11.5”. I have cut file 1 twice & it is smaller each than file 2 each time Hope you can give me some guidance. I purchased it and think it’s adorable!! Thank you. Susan Jeffers

Grietje Jansen

Sunday 8th of December 2019

Thank you very much for this template, I made a bunch of them, to give away as a pressent on my birthday for my family on the 26 th december. I made a box for them to make it a nice pressent. I would send you a pcture of iet, but do not see a place here to put it.

Love Grietje

Kati

Monday 9th of December 2019

I am so glad you are enjoying them! Such a fun and sweet gift idea. Love!

Sandra

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Thank you Kati for all the lovely Scandinavian Christmas decorations. I was in Ikea today and they have the most wonderful selection of red and white Scandinavian Christmas décor. Makes me want to do a room in my home in this beautiful red and white theme. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Kati

Monday 9th of December 2019

Thanks Sandra! I am definitely loving the red & white too. Happy holidays to you and your family as well!

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