I love homemade ornaments hanging from the tree or tied up on packages. This little sled is about the easiest ornament you'll ever put together. It takes all of one minute to assemble thanks to a hot glue gun and hand held tree trimmers.
My inspiration came from a sled that I like to decorate the front porch with. Doesn't it look like a popsicle stick going down the middle?
The steps are to making this sled ornament are easy peasy. Here's what you need to do:
Get your glue gun, 7 popsicle sticks, 2 tooth picks, some twine, or ribbon or what have you.
Cut off the tips of the toothpicks. Cut out a section of a popsicle stick for the top piece, each end at an angle. Cut the 2 outside ends of the sled off of the popsicle sticks at an angle. Line up the two middle pieces with the two cut pieces on the outside. Push the two center pieces up a little so they are staggered a bit from the outside pieces.
Now run a line of hot glue in two places across the width of the sled and place your toothpicks on the glue to keep your sled together. Next, put hot glue onto the ends of each of the toothpicks to add the bottom pieces. One side at a time. You may have to hold the popsicle stick for a few seconds till it drys enough.
Flip it over and add the top piece with a bit of hot glue.
I used a piece of baking twine and hot glued each end on the underneath side of the top piece, so it will hang nicely from the tree.
You are finished! I know. How fast was that! You can hang it on the tree as is or embellish it with barnyard flare.
I chose to embellish it with a few sights from the barnyard. I love silhouettes (because they don't require detail) so I painted a simple design on each sled.
I cut out tiny silhouettes and traced them onto the sled. Then, I used acrylic craft paint to paint the image on.
I loved the simplicity of the silhouette, but it just needed a bit more. So I added a little snow flake here and there to make it look wintery!
Now we're talkin'.
Yes, deer are a part of our barnyard. They come and go as they please and they love our apple trees and rhododendrons.
To make the circle shapes on the sleds I traced around a mason jar. I just flipped it over so I had a firm edge form the top of the jar.
There ya have it! You can make these as simple or as fancy as you want. My kids were making dog sleds out of their popsicle sticks while I painted these.
We had a lot of fun making our sleds together, and these ornaments will forever remind me of the time we spent together for many years to come. Christmas memories. Sigh......
"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain,
and to the great rain of his strength."
Job 37 :6