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A while back I mentioned that I’m building a miniature tack room. I also mentioned that this is part of a larger, somewhat insane project, which will involve building multiple rooms that will (potentially) fit together to make a full stable set up. Or rather, the illusion of one.

This is something that I have been wanting to do for years, but wasn’t sure how to accomplish. The inspiration actually came from binge-watching behind the scenes footage of the Hobbit films last year.

One particular set (Erebor/Smaug’s lair) was created with multiple pieces that could be moved around to create the illusion of a much larger space when filmed from different angles. (well that and a whole lot of CGI!) I wondered if it would be possible to use a similar idea with this fantasy barn I’ve been dreaming about. I clearly do not have the space to build a massive barn set up, but multiple box rooms seem a lot more manageable.

Because I can never keep things simple, this project started out with a sketch of the entire barn layout. I really wanted things to make sense. Where are all the doors located? Windows? Stalls? Rooms? The arena? Once I was happy with the design I started to work on putting together the box rooms.

The first (and only I’ve tackled so far) is the tack room.

This is a 14in x 14in x 14in cardboard box cut down to size. Cardboard isn’t the sturdiest or nicest of materials to work with I know, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than wood and easier for me to cut.

The floor was made from large popsicle sticks, and the walls were covered with white poster board. I’ve posted tutorials on how I made the saddle and bridle racks, and since then I’ve added a utility sink…

…and a few more saddle racks. (got to have a place to store all those saddle pads, you know!)

Of course everything is lopsided. OF COURSE.

There’s also this crop/whip holder, which I threw together one night. Would there be an interest in a tutorial for it? The crops still need work… I have no idea what I’m doing.

The room isn’t totally complete, and it probably won’t be as I’m sure I’ll be going back to change, add or fix certain things later on.

To make as much use of the box as I could, I decorated two of the outside walls.

The first was made to look like the outside of the tack room:

It’s got a tiny bulletin board:

As well as a fire extinguisher, which was a dollhouse miniature I repainted with nail polish and added a proper label to.

The back wall with the window was made to look like the outside of the stable. It’s ugly because I messed up the siding and the window and, well, everything else…

Whoever is constructing this thing needs to be fired

But it’s not that noticeable in a background.

That’s all these are, really – elaborate backgrounds, haha!

But it’s fun and that’s what matters. The inner child is happy too. 😛

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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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