How to Make a Jockey Stick

By Kate Kotler
Make a jockey stick as a prop for a costume

A jockey stick (also know as a riding crop, jockey whip or jockey bat) can be an excellent prop for a horse jockey costume. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on one, as you can easily make a fairly passable replication for half the money if you invest a little bit of time in this easy craft project.

Spray paint your dowel black.

Lay out newspaper in an outdoor area. Spray paint the wooden dowel black all over, including the ends. Allow it to dry in a well-ventilated area.

Cut a groove for your vinyl flap.

Once the dowel is dry, use your box cutter to cut a groove 1/8-inch deep across the end. Put some hot glue into the groove. Fold your vinyl in half to create the flap of the jockey stick. Wedge it into the groove/hot glue. Allow it to set and dry.

Once the flap is secured in place, use the scissors to cut the excess vinyl from the flap. You want to create a V shape with the smallest end being fixed into the dowel and the largest end being the original 3-inch size at the free end of the flap.

Wrap black electrical tape around the flap end of the jockey stick to conceal where the flap and dowel are joined. Wrap the electrical tape around the top end of the stick to create a grip. You want to create a grip that resembles the grip of a golf club. The tape should be wrapped on the diagonal and go about five inches down the dowel.


Optional: Hot glue a length of black shoelace to the top of the jockey stick before wrapping it with the electrical tape to create a hand loop.


Children should be supervised while using a box cutter, hot glue and spray paint for their own safety.

About the Author

Kate Kotler began her writing career in 1997 as a news writer. She is the editor-in-chief of FilmCatcher.com and writes the DIY Diva blog for ChicagoNow (a "Chicago Tribune" affiliate.) She is the founder of Geek Girl on the Street.com and is working on a novel.