For my project, I wanted to make something that would be useful to me but still be a piece of art. I came upon an old beat up toy horse from Goodwill and immediately fell in love and knew I needed to upcycle him.

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  • […] Upcycle Project: Horse Purse […]

  • Efrosini Krokos
    February 5, 2024 5:27 am

    His head is actually really heavy, I’m going to hide it with felt but his head and butt have the main structural integrity of the whole toy. There’s a post running down enclosing the mane internally that is very heavy, as well as the mess of glue and wire for his horn. I was playing with the idea of magnets though as you are right that leaving him just free could pose a risk. His neck plastic is very thin and there are other challenges as his insides are a mess.
    Yes the lining, that will be the pouch. It’s going to be a red fabric with gold filigree. At first glance with how shiny it is it looks like blood, so I am hoping to make it look like his insides just a lil more snazzy.

  • Hey Efrosini!
    Turning a toy horse into a purse is such an awesome idea! Naming him Buttercup and planning to fill him with fluff and add a pouch is clever and creative are you going to line the inside to look like the real insides of a horse? The whimsigoth aesthetic is a unique touch that will definitely make Buttercup stand out, too. For a constructive suggestion, consider how the purse will open and close securely to keep your items safe. Can’t wait to see the finished purse!

    Great work!

  • Brandon Phillips
    February 4, 2024 11:03 am

    Hey Efrosini, I think this project it great! The horse purse is a great mix of fantastic but slightly disturbing to really fit your whimsigoth aestetic, and I love the idea of making your own paints. I feel like I do need to ask, what was this first project, and why did Buttercups head need to be removed for it?

    • Efrosini Krokos
      February 5, 2024 5:16 am

      He was intended to be a centaur horse with a hole drilled in the butt cavity to hold a cup for pencils.


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