If you have an au pair from Sweden, you may have seen a Dala horse. They are a popular decorative icon of Sweden—traditional carved and painted wooden statuettes of horses that originated in the central Swedish province of Dalarna. In the past, the Dala horse was used as a toy for children but now people mostly use them as decoration and to show pride for their Swedish heritage.
- Cultural Care Dala horse pdf craft template
- Three pieces of different colored felt
- Colored yarn or pipe cleaners
Cut out the shapes of the Dala horse at right and trace them onto desired pieces of felt.
Glue smaller pieces on top of the horse and then glue yarn or pipe cleaner to mimic the blue, yellow, white and black lines (as shown in the craft template), while letting little brothers play with pipe cleaners. Use the traditional colors as shown or any other colors you wish.
Enjoy your Dala horse!
Looks like Sofia and her Swedish au pair, Josefine are excited about their amazing handmade Dala horses.
Thursday, 16 August 2012 6:04 PM