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A couple weeks ago I  stumbled across Enterprise Props. I had never heard of this prop maker, and going through their shop I felt like a kid in a candy store. I may have gone a little overboard with my order(s)! XD

On my PC, I have a folder full of real horse items I’d like to figure out how to make someday. But they’ve left me stumped, because the only way I could think of making them was either hope a manufacturer would, OR learn 3D modelling and get into 3D printing. (and after looking through it some I decided that nope, not going to tackle THAT!)

So I was really excited to see that everything I wanted in miniature was available on Enterprise Props’ website.

Literally, everything. o_o (and there are still more pieces I’d like to get… but I must resist for now…)

Anyway, I am so pleased with it all. I believe they are 3D printed, (not positive on that) and are both durable and lightweight. My second order included a few extra/surprise pieces as well – the red grooming box and set of salt licks. That was such a sweet surprise and I am so grateful! ^_^

Here are both grooming boxes:

I think these are my favorite because I’ve wanted a plastic grooming box forever.

They can be held by the dolls too, which is a huge bonus!

Here’s the small mounting block:

I made one many years ago from small jewelry boxes. It’s been needing an upgrade badly!

I really love the water trough…

… and the tiny feed scoop! It’s a little rough around the edges but it’s super cute.

I got really excited over the bucket. XD I made one a million years ago from a recycled medicine-dosage cup, but I’ve wanted one with a flat side and wasn’t sure how to accomplish that.

Here are the feed pans:

Got to get every… last… speck…

And last but not least, the salt licks:

Gahhh I love everything and it’s probably weird to get so excited over buckets and pans and things, but these are pieces I’ve been wanting for years. I’m so glad to add them to the mini stable!

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Here’s another easy DIY piece for your barn, a wall mounted bridle rack.

Like the saddle racks these use only a handful of materials. They’re easily customizable as well, if you wanted a longer (or shorter) rack, with or without a shelf. For the ones I made, I used:

  • 3 jumbo popsicle sticks, all cut to 5 inches
  • thick wire (I can’t remember the gauge, but it’s slightly thicker than a paperclip)
  • mini hand drill

I also used Aleene’s Tacky Glue, watered down paint for “stain” and gold alcohol ink.

The first thing you want to do is cut and sand your main pieces.

Next, plot out where you would like your hooks to go. I found it helpful to divide the stick into sections first, then find the center of each one. It was also helpful to lay a bridle on top of it, to give me a better idea of how many I could fit on the rack.

Drilling the holes was next. I chose a drill bit that was roughly the same size of the wire I wanted to use for the hooks.

Drill all the way through the wood, sanding them smooth afterwards. I ended up changing where I wanted the holes to be in this photo.

To make the hooks, cut small sections of wire (it’s better to have too much than not enough!) and bend them into shape.  Getting them all the same size is really the hardest part of this project. XD

It’s also a good idea to compare them to a bridle. I wanted my hooks to be wide enough for a thick crown strap, and deep enough to hold it and the reins in place.

The next two steps are optional. I added a drop of glue to the end of each hook, to cover the sharp edge.

Once that dried, they were given a couple coats of gold alcohol ink.

To add a shelf, glue the top edge of the rack to a second stick. Propping it against something while it dries will help keep it straight.

I made two brackets by cutting another jumbo popsicle stick at a 45 degree angle. I cut the end off of each one…

… so it wouldn’t stick out from under the shelf once glued in place.

Add stain/paint/etc if desired.

Once dry, push all the hooks into the holes completely. Use wire cutters to snip off the excess from the back, getting as close to the wood as possible. Add a drop of glue (I’m using superglue here) for some added strength.

Seal everything with varnish (if you haven’t already) and your bridle rack is complete!

Hang it up, fill it up and enjoy. 🙂

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I am building a miniature tack room.

This is part of a bigger, slightly insane project. It isn’t finished yet. But it is finished enough to show a few photos, and a couple things I’ve made for it I’ve turned into tutorials.

The first is an easy DIY – wall mounted saddle racks.

To make one, you will need:

  • One 1 3/4 in “jumbo” popsicle stick
  • Two 2 1/2 in regular popsicle sticks
  • One 2 1/2 in craft matchstick
  • One 1 3/4 in craft matchstick, with the ends angled (like a long, skinny trapezoid)

You will also need a tiny triangle – this is optional. To make this, cut a piece from a regular sized popsicle stick at a 45 degree angle. Using a mitre box is helpful!

Start by gluing the longer matchstick to one side of a popsicle stick. I’m using Aleene’s Tacky glue for this.

Once that sets, flip it over and glue the second popsicle stick ontop of the matchstick. Having something to prop it up against will help keep it straight.

Add the triangle to one end:

On the jumbo popsicle stick, make a mark 1/4 of an inch away from each end.

Glue the rack to this piece, using one of the marks as a guide. Here I like to use hot glue as it sets a lot faster.

Add glue to the angled ends of the remaining matchstick. Glue one end at the second mark, and the other underneath the rack. I like to add a drop of glue there as well, to make sure it will stay in place.

Stain if desired, (I use watered-down acrylic paint for “stain”) add varnish, and your saddle rack is complete!

Enjoy! 🙂

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