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March 07, 2019 Carefree Crafting 4 comments

It’s the week before Christmas, and all the kids are in the house!

24/7.

You and I are going to need to find some way to channel all that excited energy bouncing off the walls – before the whole house goes crazy.

This is why I wanted to share the tutorial for this popsicle stick sled ornament, this very week.

It’s a wonderful craft you can do with your kids (or yourself), made from basic materials you probably have lying around the home.

You can opt to paint them or leave them in their lovely, light wood natural state.

Either way, they are an absolutely charming decoration for the tree.

My husband actually made these a few years ago, and I briefly posted an image of the sled, HERE.  It is such a hit every holiday season, I decided it was high time to do a step-by-step tutorial for the popsicle stick sled.

So we made up another batch to match our current tree decorations, and they were the perfect touch to our cottage Christmas theme.

If you missed my complete Christmas home tour this year, feel free to come check it out!

I haven’t talked a lot about how we pulled the tree together, so I thought I would share more details here.

First, I wrapped it in some ticking wired ribbon.  I wanted to keep the decorations pretty basic and just started adding some natural elements, such as snow covered pinecones and cranberries.

Then I threw in some dollar store mini red ball ornaments, some vintage Santa pictures and finally – THE SLED!

I love how the red pops against the flocked tree, and I love that it is not too busy.

Any way – Let my husband and I show you how easy these sleds are to make.  I have the kids help and watch as we put them together with the glue gun, and then I let the kids paint them entirely.  A quick sanding and distressing when the paint dries, unifies them all together.

Supplies for 1 sled:

  • 8 mini popsicle sticks
    • Available in dollar stores or craft stores.
  • 2 Regular size popsicle sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft Paint (optional)
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Sharp scissors or garden shears
  • Sand Paper

Begin by taking 2 of the mini sticks and cutting off about 1/4 inch from both ends of both sticks.  Sharp scissors will work for this job, but garden shears slice through it like butter.

This may leave the ends rough, but can be sanded down easily with sand paper.

Take 5 of the mini stick and align them together like shown in the image below.

Apply glue to the back of one of the mini sticks with the ends removed.

Adhere the piece on top of the 5 arranged mini sticks, like shown below.  Do the same for the 2nd trimmed mini stick, and glue it to the bottom.

Place a dab of glue to the very ends of the cut sticks.

Carefully lay one of the regular sized popsicle sticks on top of those glue dots, on its side.  The bottom of this stick should almost line up with the bottom of the sled.  Or in other words, be sure the top of the regular sized stick is higher than the arranged smaller sticks.  Refer to the image below.

Repeat these steps for the second regular sized stick.

Once the glue is dried, flip the sled over.  Take the last mini stick and glue it to the top of the regular sized sticks, like so.

At this point, you can choose to paint it any color of choice.  Once it is dried, lightly sand and distress the sled.

Finally, cut your twine or ribbon to the desired length and hot glue the ends to the back side of the top mini stick.

Once you have made one, the rest come together very quickly.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!  I’m signing out for the week to soak it all it!

Thanks for reading!


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Homemade Christmas Ornaments are the best! Make this adorable sled out of popsicle sticks and customize it with a photo!

As promised I’ve got another DIY Christmas ornament for you today. In case you missed it, I shared the tutorial for mason jar ring chalkboard ornaments earlier this week.

I’m in love with these little washi tape popsicle stick sled ornaments.

They’re a little bit rustic, a little bit modern and a lot of fun. They make me want to go sledding and drink hot cocoa! Yay!

To make your very own sled ornament, you’ll need the following supplies:

Materials:

  • Washi Tape (I used Scotch brand)
  • Utility Knife (also Scotch brand)
  • Regular sized craft sticks (3 for each sled)
  • Mini sized craft sticks (6 for each sled)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine or ribbon

For the sled, you’ll need five short sticks covered in the striped washi tape, two long sticks and one short stick covered in red washi tape and one extra stick that you’ll cut into smaller pieces.If you’d rather watch a video tutorial, scroll straight to the end of this post.

Put a piece of tape on the stick, then flip it over and cut away the excess tape using the utility knife. Make sure you have something underneath so you don’t cut marks into your table. I used posterboard.

 

To build the “seat” of the sled, lay the short sticks in the shape you want them, cut small sections of the plain stick small enough to fit, then use hot glue to attach them together, like this:

The two long red sticks are the runners. Dab hot glue on the smaller cross pieces, then place the sticks on their edges and hold until the glue sets. Then add the top cross piece (the handlebars). When you’re done, the underside of your sled will look like this:

All that’s left to do is add a twine or ribbon loop for hanging. I used hot glue on the back side of the handlebars, but tying the twine around the handlebars would be cute too.

I tried two different methods for adding the tape to the sticks. First I tried just wrapping the tape around the sides, but it made the curved ends look pretty messy underneath:

Then I tried the method I described above, using the utility knife to cut the extra tape away. You definitely get a cleaner look, but the edges are bare wood. I actually like the bare wood, so I left it, but you could do a combination of the two methods and apply washi tape to both sides of the popsicle sticks if you want the whole thing covered.

The glitter tape is so pretty, but the black and white stripes have my heart.

My aunt, a kindergarten teacher, asked me if these would be cute with her students’ photos on them, so I made this to show her how perfect they’d be for her students:

Click here for the full Christmas tree reveal!!

Jennifer

Our Sled Craft Ornament were not so child-made since we started out with colored craft sticks and I helped with the finishing but there are ways.

Make vintage inspired DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments with popsicle sticks, wood glue and acrylic paint for your Christmas tree this year!

These DIY popsicle stick sled ornaments are a great last minute Christmas craft! They look cute as Christmas tree ornaments or make a great Christmas gift for a loved one. My inspiration for the DIY popsicle sled ornaments was this antique Victorian wooden sled.

 

 

 

DIY Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments

You’ll need:

  • popsicle sticks
  • matchsticks
  • red and white acrylic paint
  • wood glue (or other glue)
  • red or white yarn
  • strong scissors or pruning shears
  • ruler
  • paintbrush
  • wood file or sandpaper

You need 4 popsicle sticks and 2 matchsticks for each vintage sled ornament.

Cut 2 popsicle sticks in half rounding the edges of three sticks – pruning sheers work well for this. Using the fourth popsicle stick half, cut off a small piece for the handlebar. Smooth the wood with sandpaper or a wood file.

For the sled seat, glue three small popsicle sticks together staggering them as shown. If you want, glue two matchsticks to the back of the seat for extra stability.

Paint the sled runners white and all the other pieces red.

Glue the sled runners to the seat and handlebar on the edges. Wipe off excess wood glue. Then glue a piece of yarn to the back of the handlebar on both sides as hanger.

 

 

 

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Handmade Wooden Sled Ornament

These are so very pretty when you make them yourself. Personalize them for an extra special gift to someone you love. This is not an easy project, but the results are stunning. It has been a tradition in my family to give the children each an ornament for Christmas to add to their collection. These make an extra special gift for them. Be sure to put the date you made them on the back.

Approximate Time: 8 hours for 10 or more

Supplies:

  • 8 Popsicle sticks (for each ornament)
  • white glue
  • wax paper
  • sandpaper
  • red paint
  • 6 inches of ribbon to hang by
  • embellishments

Instructions:

  1. Cover your area with wax paper.
  2. Take 3 Popsicle sticks and line them up side by side. Scoot the middle one up until it is about 3/4 of an inch past the top of the other two sticks.
  3. Glue these in place on the sides one by one. Allow to dry.
  4. Next take 2 Popsicle sticks and line them up on the sides of the ones you have glued, but stand these up. (Refer to picture.)
  5. Glue into place and allow to dry.
  6. Take two Popsicle sticks and lay them flat against the last two you just added. (These will be in the same plane as the original three, with their edges glued to the runners.) Glue into place and allow to dry. (This is the back of the ornament.)
  7. Put one Popsicle stick in the middle of the front and glue into place. This will be the part you would pull it by. Allow to dry.
  8. Use the sandpaper to remove any wax paper or glue that may have adhered to the project as you were gluing it. This is a vital step before painting the sled.
  9. Wipe with slightly wet cloth to remove fine sandpaper particles.
  10. Paint front of sled red and allow to dry.
  11. Paint the back red and allow to dry.
  12. Add a ribbon tied on the edges of the middle post to hang it by.
  13. Embellish the sled with snowflakes or words and hang on your Christmas tree.

Tip: These can easily be personalized to suit any child or adult.

By gem from VA

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Easy DIY Wood Sled Christmas Ornament. Check out this easy tutorial to build popsicle stick wood sled Christmas ornaments! Build your own sled ornament.

Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament With Washi Tape

Inside: Just in time for Christmas, learn how to make a DIY wooden popsicle stick sled ornament with craft sticks, glue, and paint. This simple holiday craft for kids is perfect for home or school!

Today I’m excited to share a simple, vintage-inspired wooden Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament for kids in conjunction with the 10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas series.

Like last year, all of the kid-made Christmas ornaments are inspired by children’s books. It’s one of my favorite blog series—I just know you’ll enjoy following along too!

Related: Popsicle Stick Snowman Hat Ornament

How to Make a Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament

This year, our wooden sled ornaments were inspired by Richard Scarry’s The Animals’ Merry Christmas, a delightful book containing 18 short stories and poems. My children have always enjoyed Richard Scarry’s characters and simple old-fashioned stories.

Related: Popsicle Stick Reindeer Ornament

One of the short stories in the book, The Golden Sled, is about a bear who asks Santa for a golden sled. Will he get his request?

You’ll have to read the story to find out!

When the story is finished, kids of all ages will enjoy creating and painting miniature wooden sled ornaments for their Christmas tree or imaginative play. We even made a golden sled in honor of the story!

To Make This Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament You Will Need

Directions for Wooden Sled Ornament

1. After gathering supplies, lay 3 miniature craft sticks flat on a piece of wax paper. Stagger them slightly so the middle stick pops out, then glue them together side by side.

2. Use sharp scissors to snip a small board from the extra craft stick (about 1 1/4 inches long).

3. When the glue is dry, invite your child to paint their sled, board, and sled runners. We painted our sled ornaments red and yellow and painted our sled runners silver.

4. When the paint is dry, invite kids to apply antiquing medium to all of the sled pieces with a brush. Remove excess medium with a paper towel, then allow the ornament pieces to dry completely.

5. Attach the runners and board to the sled with hot glue or tacky craft glue.

6. Next, glue a loop of twine to the back of the ornament.

7. If desired, use a metallic Sharpie marker to label the sleds with the year and your child’s name.

8. Your rustic wooden sled ornament is complete!

Aren’t they darling?

These Popsicle Stick Sled Ornaments look beautiful hanging on the Christmas tree as a decoration or dangling from the ribbon of a Christmas gift!

Save This Craft

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10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas

Are you still searching for the perfect kid-made Christmas craft or activity for your kids, grandkids,  scout group, or classroom? Click the image below to visit the landing page for the 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas series.

DAY 2 CONTRIBUTORS

Shared below are links to the fabulous day 2 crafts and activities. Have fun creating this holiday season!

Salt Dough Ornaments | Artsy Momma
Easy Clay Kid’s Ornament | Heart of Deborah
Fingerprint Christmas Tree Ornament | Sugar Aunts
Vintage Inspired Jar Ornament | Mama Miss
Felt Robin Christmas Ornament | Mum in the Mad House
Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft | See Vanessa Craft
Santa Christmas Ornament | Inspired by Familia
Muddy Paws Ornament | My Bored Toddler
Elf Peg Doll Ornaments | Rhythms of Play
Wooden Sled Ornament | Fireflies and Mud Pies

This post was originally published November 30, 2015.

Popsicle Stick Sled Ornament

Just in time for Christmas, learn how to make a DIY wooden popsicle stick sled ornament with craft sticks, glue, and paint. This simple holiday craft for kids is perfect for home or school!

Author: www.firefliesandmudpies.com
  • 3Miniature craft sticks
  • 4Standard craft sticks
  • Twine
  • Tacky craft glue or hot glue
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Antiquing medium
  • Paper towels
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  1. After gathering supplies, lay 3 miniature craft sticks flat on a piece of wax paper. Stagger them slightly so the middle stick pops out, then glue them together side by side.

  2. Use sharp scissors to snip a small board from the extra craft stick (about 1 1/4 inches long).

  3. When the glue is dry, invite your child to paint their sled, board, and sled runners. 

  4. When the glue is dry, invite your child to paint their sled, board, and sled runners. We painted our sled ornaments red and yellow and painted our sled runners silver.

  5. Attach the runners and board to the sled with hot glue or tacky craft glue.

  6. Next, glue a loop of twine to the back of the ornament.

  7. If desired, use a metallic Sharpie marker to label the sleds with the year and your child’s name.

  8. Your rustic wooden sled ornament is complete!

Filed Under: ChristmasTagged With: craft sticks, ornaments, sleds

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