Many preschoolers have fantasized about seeing, riding, or even becoming a unicorn. Make wishes come true with this easy craft project – a pretty unicorn horn! This recycled craft makes a great addition to the dress-up box and is a crowd-pleaser as a two-in-one activity and party favor for princess-themed birthday parties.
Soft brown cardboard-type paper ( such as the inside of a gift wrap roll) or a paper towel cardboard tube and cone-shaped paper cup
Tempera paint, paintbrush, newspaper
Glitter gems, glitter
What You Do:
If using brown paper, roll and twist it into a pointed cylinder shape about 1 foot in length. Help your child cut off the excess paper at the end and secure the seams with invisible tape.
If you’re using a cardboard tube and cone-shaped cup, place the cup over one end of the tube. Cut off any excess cup that goes too far over the tube. Put invisible tape around the edge of the cup’s bottom, attaching it to the cardboard tube.
Have your child pick a color to paint her unicorn horn. She may want to paint it white, silver, or gold as is traditionally seen in unicorn images, or choose something more fanciful like pink or purple!
Spread newspapers beneath the horn and let your child paint it.
After the paint has dried, your child can choose a ribbon color. Start the ribbon at the top of the pointed end and help her wrap it in a spiral from the horn’s top to bottom. Help her use glue under the ribbon to attach it. A staple at the top and bottom of ribbon and horn also helps.
Put other spots of glue around the horn and let your child attach glitter gems or sprinkle glitter on the glue spots.
Use a hole punch to put 2 holes at the bottom of the horn across from each other.
Knot pieces of yarn through the holes so they hang from beneath the horn. With the horn on her head, tie it in place by knotting the string pieces under her chin.
Let her gallop away!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.