Start the New Year by inviting good luck into your home with a lucky horseshoe beautifully decorated. If you can get your hands on a real horseshoe that’s great. If not we’ve got a pattern to make one out of foam board. Either way it makes a wonderful decor item with positive energy included! We’ve decorated several types to show you the wide variety of ways you can make them. There is a variety of opinions on which way to hang the horseshoe. Someone shared this story with me:
“As far back as I can remember being told (3 generations, then a few more back where that was just passed on vs me actually hearing it.) A horseshoe is only lucky if the luck hasn’t been “drained”. Basically that you should always hang a horseshoe so that the toe is down, and the open end is facing up. Imagine the horseshoe as if it were a cup- it can only ‘catch’ & ‘hold’ that luck for you if its rightside up. If the cup (or horseshoe) is upside down sitting on the rim, everything that was in it will have spilled out, and nothing else will collect within that little “well” of luck.”
For more ideas on positive decor check out our Wood Slice DIY Room Decor: Inspiring Words and our Motivational Words Printables with DIY Stand.
Lucky Horseshoe Supplies
- A horseshoe OR foam board to make one
- Pattern below for foam board horseshoe
- Craft knife (for foam board)
- Hot glue gun
- Brown craft string (or whatever you wish to wrap your foam horseshoe)
- Other items to decorate your horseshoe with. Ribbon, buttons, wire, beads, artificial flowers, gems, paint, etc.
Pattern for foam board (pdf)
Foam horseshoes are perfect for wrapping with string, yarn etc.
To make foam horseshoes trace our pattern onto foam board and cut it out. Lightly sand edges if needed to help remove rough paper sticking out.
You can wrap your foam horseshoe with a variety of things. We found this type of twine is the easiest to work with. The rounded ends of the horseshoe must be covered with small pieces before wrapping. Keep your twine close together. We used hot glue to hold the twine at the ends. Decorate as desired!
For one of our metal horseshoes we painted it with chalkboard paint and then used a chalk marker to decorate it. For our gold dipped horseshoe we used gold nail polish. Our teal horseshoe was spray painted and we used embroidery thread to make a tassel and some wire and beads to adorn it. A few more ideas can be seen below!
I just love looking at all your great ideas everyday . Thanks so much . I am going to try the canopy princess bed soon!!
These are super cute. I especially love how you’ve turned this into a project for people wanting a bit of country that aren’t necessarily able to just walk outside and grab an old horseshoe from the barrel in the tack shed lol. However, I just thought I would share… since I happen to be in one of those places where everyone has a barrel of old horseshoes in a shed- the “lucky” horseshoe does also come with a superstition. As far back as I can remember being told (3 generations, then a few more back where that was just passed on vs me actually hearing it.) A horseshoe is only lucky if the luck hasn’t been “drained”. Basically that you should always hang a horseshoe so that the toe is down, and the open end is facing up. Imagine the horseshoe as if it were a cup- it can only ‘catch’ & ‘hold’ that luck for you if its rightside up. If the cup (or horseshoe) is upside down sitting on the rim, everything that was in it will have spilled out, and nothing else will collect within that little “well” of luck. Anyway- these are still super cute, and as far as the luck goes- it’s kinda like the magic potion that’s really just water, if we believe in something we’ll see a result. I just wanted to share seeing as how it’s been repeated for so long that when I saw the first upside down one my heart almost skipped a beat as I literally said outloud “oh no, the luck the luck!” Lol.
Thanks for sharing that great history Chapa. I know when I was researching this topic there were a variety of opinions or history on how to hang the horseshoe. But what you say is true… what we believe can be very powerful!
Appreciate you taking the time to comment. I’m going to add part of what you wrote to the post if that’s ok.
Same thing happened to me when I saw the upside down one. I’m doing crafts with a teen told her the lore she said “well that’s dumb, some look better that way”. Hilarious!!
So i am working on getting over it!
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Love your horseshoe’s they look great. Voted as my favorite for Turn It Up Tuesday(12-01-16).Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate that!
I love the burlap horseshoe Nancy! What a great idea and looks so cute. Thanks so much for linking this up the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party this week. Hugs, Lisa
Thank you so much Lisa. I shared your party link on all my social networks!
Thanks so much for sharing! Greatly appreciated 🙂 Hugs, Lisa
You’re very welcome Lisa. Thanks for visiting!
These are so cute! I love the butterfly!!
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Thanks T’onna! Ü
I found this adorable idea on the Titus 2sdays link up party. I live in Nebraska and this would be sooo cute for our country home. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks Kelsey. I appreciate you stopping by!
Hey I love this horseshoe decoration idea! I grew up in Texas and think this decor would be perfect in a country style home! Thank you for the post! I found your blog off of the Titus 2 Tuesday blog party:)
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the comment. Have a wonderful week!
This is adorable! I love the butterfly accent! Great job!
Thank you Cara Ü
Love this!! Pinned and FB shared for my niece. She’s a 10 yo artist and horse owner!
Cute! Love horseshoe decor and these are some great ideas! Too bad my horse doesn’t wear shoes anymore 🙂
Thank you Stacey.