Unicorns are among the most beautiful and enchanting of the woodland creatures, but they are also the hardest to spot – and almost impossible to catch! Their single horn fizzes with powerful, spellbinding magic.

To celebrate our new Wild Things book – packed with over 100 amazing outdoor adventures to meet flower fairies, hidden dragons and gruesome goblins – we challenge you to use nature’s magical wild materials to make your own unicorn. Ride your unicorn through an enchanted forest or in a secret wild place at the park. You never know where its magic will take you!

Make a hobby unicorn

You will need:

  • Old socks
  • Newspaper
  • String
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Wild materials, including a long stick

Step 1

Start by choosing a sturdy stick for your hobby unicorn. It should be just the right size for you to ride on – and strong enough to withstand some pretty rough play.

Step 2

Now choose an old sock for the unicorn’s head. Stuff scrunched-up newspaper into the sock to make a head shape.

Step 3

Push the long stick into the open end of the sock up to the heel.

Step 4

Find a shorter stick for the unicorn’s horn. To make a truly magical unicorn, find a wild horn with superpowers. This might be a stick covered with ancient moss or lichen, or with thick protective supernatural bark or perhaps an unusual twisted shape.

Step 5

Cut a hole in the sock’s heel near the top of the long stick. Push the long stick a little way through the hole and tape the horn onto it, as shown. Now push the long stick back into the hole so you can only see the horn.

Step 6

Tie the open end of the sock around the long stick to secure it in place.

Step 7

Stick wild materials on with double-sided tape or hot glue to make eyes, nostrils, a mouth and ears. Perhaps your unicorn would also like feathery decorations or a leafy mane.

Safety tip

Hot-glue guns should only be used under close supervision.