Faithful Philippe Paper Horse
For a big and powerful draft horse, Philippe falls a bit short on bravery. Still, even after being chased by wolves and encountering a swarm of hostile bats, this docile steed musters up enough courage to deliver Belle to the Beast's castle gates. This paper model portrays the lovable horse happy and safe in his stable yard.
- Template for Faithful Philippe Paper Horse
- Golden brown heavy cardstock *
- Dark brown colored pencil
- Craft paint (dark brown, medium brown, cream or light tan, and white)
- Small paintbrush
- Glue sealer (such as Mod Podge) and medium-size paintbrush or foam brush
- Off-white cotton yarn (medium-weight multi-play yarn works especially well)
- Glue dots
- 2 paper clips
- Good quality glue stick or tacky glue
- Pinch-style clothespins (for holding the glued pieces together)
- Black construction or craft paper
* If you don't have heavy cardstock, you can glue craft paper onto a file folder or thin cardboard, such as the front or back panel of a cereal box.Instructions:
1. Print and cut out the template, and then trace it onto a sheet of cardstock. Flip the template over and trace it onto a second sheet of cardstock. Cut out the tracings and use one for the front of the horse and the other for the back.
2. Using the template as a guide, draw the detail lines and facial features on both the front and back horse pieces with a dark brown colored pencil. Don't worry about being too exact with the shaggy leg hair lines at the tops of the hooves.
Tip: To make it easier, you can place the template on top and use a regular pencil to draw over the lines using enough pressure to leave a light imprint on the horse pieces. Then go over the imprints on the cardstock with the dark brown colored pencil.
3. Paint the muzzle medium brown, as shown (don't forget to paint both the front and back horse pieces). Then paint the hooves dark brown and use cream or light tan paint to color in the shaggy leg hair between the knees and hooves.
4. Next, paint the blaze along the top of the face cream or tan (again, paint both horse pieces). Paint the eyebrows the same shade as the muzzle. For each eye, use colored pencil or dark brown paint to darken the outer line and then fill in the center with white paint. Once the white dries, paint or color in dark brown pupils. Fill in the nostrils and retrace the mouth and lip lines with dark brown as well. Finally, add a glint to each eye by topping the pupil with a dab of white paint.
5. Coat both of the painted horse pieces with glue sealer and allow them to dry thoroughly. This will protect the paint and keep the pencil lines from smudging.
6. For the tail, gather ten 12-inch pieces of cotton yarn in a bunch and tie another piece tightly around the middle. Then unravel the individual strands to make the tail fuller. For the mane, cut a bunch of 6-inch lengths of cotton yarn and divide them into groups of 3 or 4 strands. Tie each group and unravel the strands, as you did the tail. You'll need five or so groups to complete the mane and forelock.
7. Place the back horse piece painted side down. Use a glue dot to attach the top of the tail to the rump, positioning it as shown. Then apply glue dots along the upper neck and attach mane sections, placing them close together until you reach the ears.
8. For the forelock, stick one of the mane sections to the base of the ears, as shown, and then pull the yarn strands between the ears.
9. Now it's time to create a pair of stands so the finished horse can be set upright. For each stand, use pliers to bend the curved portion in the center of a paper clip so that it sticks straight up, as shown. The short end of the clip will be the front of the stand and the long end will be the back.
10. To attach the stands to the horse, first place the back horse piece (the one with the mane and tail attached) painted side down on a tabletop or cutting board so that the hooves are at the edge. Wrap a glue dot around the upright portion of each paperclip stand. Attach one stand to the left hind hoof and the other to the left front hoof, as shown.
11. Now you're ready to join the two horse halves. Brush an even coat of tacky glue on the inner back piece, going right over the knotted portions of the tail and mane sections as well as around the attached portions of the paperclip stands. Don't forget the tips of the ears.
12. Set the front horse piece in place on top of the glued back piece, carefully matching up all of the edges. Press the two halves together firmly, using pinch-style clothespins to hold the layers together wherever needed until the glue dries.
13. Remove the clothespins and trim the mane to about 2.5 inches long, the forelock to about 1.25 inches long, and the tail to about 4 inches long.
14. Stand the horse up. Ideally, the front and back of each paper clip should rest on the tabletop. If not, you may need to adjust one or both of the stands. To do so, firmly pinch the lower leg and hoof between your fingertips to stabilize the leg while gently leveling the bottom of the stand. It might take a couple of tries to get it right, but you shouldn't have to move the clip too much. If all else fails, you can simply use a rolled piece of masking tape to stick the back of the stand to the tabletop.
Ideas for creating a scene for Philippe:
- For the ground, use sandpaper or a neutral-colored foam drawer/shelf liner.
- For a background, use a hobby or model horse stable. Or, paint a stable front on a sheet of cardboard and prop it upright.
- For barnyard props, add a miniature toy wagon filled with tiny hay bales or loose raffia clippings, dry grass, or straw.