Saturday, November 26, 2016

Wooden Sled Out Of Scrap Lumber

 Welcome to the Twelve Crafts of Christmas series.
Here is my first craft of the season.

I've wanted a sled for my front porch.  
Antique sleds are very, very pricey here in Texas.
If we are lucky we get one or two snow events a year.
I love Texas but I also love snow so I'm a little conflicted and somewhat bitter.
I hope that doesn't come across in this post. :)
When I was a kid we got bikes for our birthday and sleds for Christmas. 
My kids got bikes for Christmas.
We made sleds out of cookie sheets and baking pans.
Someone somewhere has one of my baking pans.

I decided to make a sled.
I did what I always do when I want ideas for something.

Thank you, Pinterest.

The garage is a veritable wonderland of scraps.
Thank you, Bill

We had a board that Bill had ripped for something.
It ended up being about 1 x 3.

I cut it half for the runners.

I angled the ends to give the illusion that this can go flying across our imaginary Texas snow.

 1 x 2s to made the cross pieces.
I drilled pilot holes so that the wood wouldn't split.
1 1/2 inch screws hold the pieces into the runners.
The bed rails of the sled were made out of fence pickets that didn't survive the great pumpkin toss of 2016.
Two pickets were damaged when Bill threw the pumpkins over the fence.
It's a tradition. He tries to throw our pumpkins over the back fence from the deck.
I tried to stop him after the first picket splintered when a pumpkin collided with it.
Once burned- lesson learned? Nope.
Two splintered pickets were enough to make the sled.

The pickets were screwed into the cross pieces.
A steering arm was attached.

It is pretty cute as is but I had to paint it.

Red or green?

Green is my color of year so it won the day.

Two little holes were drilled for the rope.

I'm quite smitten with it.
Sled ornaments are next on my agenda so please come back for more crafts of the season.
On December 5th our Cozy At Christmas Blog Tour begins.

It's that most wonderful time of the year.
Have a wonderful day.


  1. Glad the lack of snow didn't stop you! Your sled is great!!

  2. I love your sled...very creative! Your whole front entry is lovely, Katie!

  3. You're a smart girl! You crack me up too. :)

  4. Nice job Katie ... looks so cute on your porch.
    Happy holidays.
    Audrey Z.

  5. Cute sled! Kudos to you for tackling a power saw!

  6. Great job Katie . The sled looks awesome and I Love the green. Your porch is looking so cute and festive.

  7. You did a great job on the sled!! I love your sense of humor, too! Looking forward to the next project.

  8. such a cute sled. I love the look of it with the Christmas decorations.

  9. Katie,
    Nice to know that Bill also gets into hot water... :) splintered fence pickets. Your sled looks wonderful at your front door.

    PS... I am catching up a little with my blog reading now that I have electricity (internet/wifi) and a new battery charger for my computer.


  10. Katie, you did an amazing job! It even has a vintage feel. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  11. Omg!! love this idea! Pinning! I want to make one now! Thank you for sharing at Dishing it & Digging It! :)