Make your own DIY wood sled to put by your Christmas tree, or on your front porch with your other outdoor Christmas decorations.
Wood sleighs are perfect for making signs and decor with; attach a laser wood cut out, candy canes, mini trees, pine cones, red berries, holly berries, fresh greenery or other natural elements! (Scroll to the bottom to see how I finished mine.)
Cost of the wood is about $7, then add in your cost of paint and supplies, the total cost for this holiday decor is roughly $10. You can sell this wood sleigh for anywhere from $30-60, depending on how it’s finished and where you sell.
You can add a family name to it, or also use for paint parties!
Supplies for wood sleigh:
- 1×12 pine board, 4 feet long (you can also use a mix up of different sized boards, but a 1×12 is simple to trace on to)
Tools for wood sleigh:
- upright belt sander, optional
- orbital sander
- crown stapler
Free Tracer pattern:
To grab my template click here:
It will print out on multiple pages. Tape them together and then cut out the shapes.
Trace the shapes out onto your 1×12 board.
I made some of the cuts on my table saw to keep the lines perfectly straight. I ripped down on the straight edge, then stopped the blade before it got to the curved part.
If you don’t have a tablesaw, just using your bandsaw is perfectly fine.
Cut the rest out with your bandsaw, jig saw or scroll saw.
Sand the edges of the pieces.
When sanding, be sure to round off the edges so they are smooth. I am using an upright stationary sander here.
Sand the faces with an orbital sander. I used 150 grit.
Place your pieces exactly where you want them before assembly. I have a the bottom rungs in 1 1/4 inch underneath.
Once your parts are in place, use a crown stapler (or brad nailer) to attach.
Once it’s all together, paint or stain it your choice of color!
I “paint-stained” my sleigh with a red acrylic paint for a red wash look. and then added a pick from Hobby Lobby and snowflake wood cutouts.
Give your Christmas sleigh a rustic theme, or paint it like a vintage sled.
Check out the fb live I did to stain and decorate it here.
Pin it to save for later!