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ornaments of the sled variety

12.17.2014

My mom has four sled ornaments. Each hand crafted and hung with care each Christmas. Four sleds. Four kids. And most certainly not made from Popsicle sticks. I wanted to make these sleds for her with her grandchildren's names. Being the crafty type I took to Pinterest and found the general idea and took off running, making nine of them. Jump right in I always say. 

Needed: 
7 Popsicle sticks per sled
Paint, acrylic 
Glitter
Tacky glue or a hot glue gun 
Twine
Wire cutters 
Toothpicks
Wine (necessity)

I envisioned the cutting of the sticks to be a difficult matter, but it was not. I suppose if one was feeling fancy sand paper could have been used to smooth the edges but I kind of like the rough rustic look of the finished products. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



So cut the sticks like so. I did all nine sleds worth at once. 



Lay them out as pictured below and then glue on the sticks you cut in half. This is the bottom of the sled. Keep scrolling, the pictures help matters.



I need an assembly line. 



Let it dry. 



Then I flipped the sled and added the top piece. Same thing. Glue and dry. 



After that was good and dry and I was cursing tacky glue religiously I decided to bring in the big guns. The glue gun to be exact. Flip over your sled once again and hot glue the bottom pieces. The "rails" if you will. Also note I am an awfully messy glue gunner.



Once dry, paint. I did the bottom first and you'll see why. 



I painted the top and shook glitter (snow) on top prior to drying. 



White is for girls. Red is for boys. The boys don't get as much glitter (snow). 



More tacky glue. More cursing. More going back to my craft cabinet (because I totally have one, I really do) for the glue gun. I cut twine. Glued it on the back. Wala. Ornament!



I had to add the names. Which sucked. I took a toothpick with a tiny bit of paint and screwed up practically every one. Writing on glitter is hard. And yeah. I would probably opt to purchase a fine point pen next time. Sorry mom. 





Of course while making them I made some for myself because. Tradition. 







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10 comments:

  1. oh these are so cute! you're so crafty i can't even keep up if i tried. :)

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  2. These are absolutely so cute!! I need to pin this and maybe make some next year!!

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  3. Oh my gosh these are so cute and such a great DIY!! sending to me sister for her to do with the kids!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. These are so fab! And so easy....if I had any energy to do Christmas crafts with C this year, I would definitely do these! =)

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  5. Thanks for helping a sister in law out :) next time I'll try writing w a toothpick. Your writing looks much better than mine. Such a cute and easy craft idea! What did moms do before Pinterest?!

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  6. I think all crafting includes some cursing. I love them! I want to make some! Almost. I also just want to sit here with my cocoa too. Your writing looks fine to me! Mine always turns out like a serial killer did it for me.

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  7. oh cute CUTE!!!! this is totes what I should do with my bag of popsicle sticks!!

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