Your safari awaits!
Imagination can take you Anywhere!
Big cats have a special place in the hearts of many! Childhood and stick horses have been two peas in a pod for centuries…even if it is a lion rather than a horse. Decor also inspires the imagination…choose the faux taxidermy option for a jungle theme and have a roaring fun focal point in any room!
This project is suitable for the confident beginner and also features more intermediate to advanced options. Each step is detailed with clear instructions and photographs.
This pattern is packed! It includes two sizes in both the ride-on toy version and the wall decor version. Then you have 7+ wild cat options: lion, lioness, tiger, leopard, panther, saber-tooth, cheetah, etc. Plus…there are free tutorials in the blog to hack the pattern to make a bear or panda!
- Deceptively easy to make
- Detailed step by step instructions
- Photos accompany each step
- Full size pattern pieces
- Tips for best results
- Two sizes included
- Ride-on toy AND wall decor (faux taxidermy) included
- Variations included
- PDF digital download, available instantly after purchase
- List of vendors for various materials
- Print only the pages you need, instructions can be followed on your computer or mobile device (or printed if desired)
- Make them for a special child, event or even sell your finished wild cats
- Prints on standard 8.5″ x 11″ printer paper. Some pieces need to be joined with tape to create the full size template.
Experience Level Confident Adventurous Beginner
Measurements: US Standard Units
Size When Complete
- ~26 inches tall
- Dowel is 7/8 inch diameter
- Weighs about 1 pound
- Head is about ~8″x 8″ x 4″
- Ideal age range ~2.5 to 4 years (varies by child)
- ~40 inches tall
- Dowel is 1 inch diameter
- Weighs about 2 pounds
- Head is ~12″ x 12″ x 6″
- Ideal age range ~3.5 to 7+ years (varies by child)
Want to make your wild cat with fabric eyes? I have a free tutorial to make applique eyes.
Free Crown Tutorial!
Copyright and Terms
This pattern and tutorial is copyright protected. It cannot be shared, sold, redistributed, copied, etc, in any manner in whole or in part. A full copyright statement is in the tutorial. You may make items from this pattern to sell on a small ‘home crafter’ scale. I request that credit be given to Rustic Horseshoe for the design on any items sold. This is detailed in the tutorial. I greatly appreciate your honesty and adherence to my copyright and terms, I have put a lot of hard work into not only the creation of my design, but the creation of this pattern and tutorial.