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
- Double-sided tape
- Hot-glue gun
- Wild materials, including a long stick
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.
Now choose an old sock for the unicorn’s head. Stuff scrunched-up newspaper into the sock to make a head shape.
Push the long stick into the open end of the sock up to the heel.
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.
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.
Tie the open end of the sock around the long stick to secure it in place.
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.
Hot-glue guns should only be used under close supervision.