Holiday Sled Decor

Cristy Gies

Cristy Gies

Designer and Founder - DIYGirlfriend

Holidays are best when they include snow. Well, maybe just a little. With the coming snow, comes outdoor activities that can only be enjoyed during the holidays. Sled riding is a fun and exciting way for any family to travel in the outdoors!

And sometimes the best decorations are the items we most enjoy. In this case it’s the good old Americana winter sled. While it may be tough to find an original Yankee Clipper or Flexible Flyer, from times past, we can make our own and still tell the stories that help make that sled the fast and furious wooden passport to our family’s exciting day.

Starting on this whitewashed sled is simple and with a few cuts and connections, this sled will add dimension and move anyone to share times that made the snow fly. Painting and staining is easy and completely customizable. Adding the details that make it part of the family are up to you. Display the sled with bows, garland and other holiday decorations to make it a natural extension to your already beautiful indoor winter wonderland. 

Once you’ve completed your sled, show it off on social, and with friends and family. You never know who you’ll inspire to create their own holiday decor. Follow DIYG for updates, additional projects, and insights that you can share.

Let’s Get Started!

Here is What you will need:



You can find these items in any local home improvement store. At the bottom of this article we have provided some links to make locating these items easier.

Watch the video below to get started on your Holiday Sled.

Or you can follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Cut Wood

Note: Make sure that your 2 2×4 pieces are the same length (those will be the legs of your sled)

Step 2: Sand Wood

DIYG Tip: I wrapped my sandpaper around a piece of spare wood instead of using a sand block

 (this is a lot cheaper)

Step 3: Stain and Paint

Note: Use your old rag to apply your dark stain to the 3 fencepost pieces and the 2, 1×4 pieces

(I used a classic gray polyurethane stain) 

Step 4: Apply Whitewash

Note: I applied my paint in a sloppy way to create a vintage look

Step 5: Drill Holes with Paddle Bit

Note: Make sure you hold the drill straight and apply light pressure

Step 6: Put Base Together

Step 7: Attach Base to Legs

Step 8: Apply Wood Finish

Step 9: Attach Bow, Garland & Rope

Note: You can use whatever type of adhesive you like, I am using hot glue

Step 15: Display and Enjoy!


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