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. ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

A Re-Ment Addiction

Aside from model horses, I try not to collect much. I might have a bit of a problem with sheet music and fabric, and the miniature collection is growing steadily… but honest, that’s all! My reasoning with miniatures is that because they are small, they take up less space. ๐Ÿ˜›

Well, maybe. My stuff fills two plastic boxes already. And this is just what’s “organized.” o_o

I make a lot of my own minis because 1:9 is an odd size, but I love finding pre-made things that work in the scale as well.

Over the last few years I’ve been collecting a lot of Re-Ment sets.

Re-Ment is a Japanese miniature/toy brand. Their pieces are roughly 1:6 scale but that seems to vary, especially with furniture. Many of their older sets are related to food, but in more recent years they have been releasing themed sets featuring characters from Disney, Sanrio, Snoopy and others I’ve never heard of before. (Moomin? Know nothing about him but he’s kind of cute!)

I could easily get carried away with buying whatever I thought was cute, so I set myself some rules.

1: it should be something I could use in my 1:9 scale world
2: is something I’m not confident on making myself

Of course, those “rules” quickly went out the window and I splurged on a few sets I loved. (*cough*SailorMoon*cough*)

Still, I try to keep those “rules” in the back of my mind whenever I feel like hunting stuff down. It doesn’t always work.

Most of my Re-Ments have come from ebay sellers based in China. (my favorite seller is fan21_hk) One thing I’ve noticed is that some sellers raise the prices HIGH, (sometimes ridiculously so) especially on older, complete sets. I’ve also noticed that once a set has been out for a few months, the prices tend to go up. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy a full 8-box set instead of individual boxes.
So if you’re looking for something specific, it may be a good idea to save a search and check for new listings every day.

I love them for their detail. This is probably the reason why I collect them in the first place. I grew up playing with dolls and always dreamed of having tiny, realistic (not PINK) accessories to fill their plastic homes with.

I guess I’ll never grow up. ๐Ÿ˜›