DIY $10 Vintage Sled

November 17th, 2014 | Learn How, woodworking

Eeeek, today is such an exciting day! First I brought you the Merry Mag announcement (a must see), and now I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of gals in their tool belts to bring you nearly 20 Easy to Build Christmas projects!

Since getting my hands on some new Ryobi tools a few weeks back I’ve been working away in the wood room building all kinds of little Christmas projects, like the fun Stocking Hangers I shared last week. The Ryobi tools are light weight, not intimidating at all, and perfect for a beginner like me.

Back a few weeks ago while surfing Instagram I came across some to-die-for Vintage Sleds, but the price tags were in the $100-$300 range!! No thank you I thought, I knew I could come up with something for MUCH less… and I did!

Easy to build $10 Vintage Christmas Sled

Did I metion MUCH less? How about $10?!! Follow along to see how you can make an easy DIY Vintage Sled too!

I doubt you’d get very far on this little toboggan, but it certainly makes a cute addition to your Christmas decorations!

Vintage Sled Supplies

How to Build a Vintage Sled

  • First you will need to download and print the pattern pieces at the bottom of this post. I created all the pattern pieces to fit standard size paper, Cut out pattern pieces as directed (** two of the pattern pieces must be cut on the fold of a larger piece of paper). Below is a diagram how the pattern pieces will fit onto your pine board.
  • Using the Ryobi Jig Saw, cut out pattern pieces. I find much easier to paint the sled pieces prior to assembling.

sled pattern pieces

  • Assemble the sled pieces by placing the 3 braces 15″ apart between the skis. Attach with wood glue on the angles of the braces and use the Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to fasten (two nails going from the outside of the ski into the brace at each brace).
  • Line up the seat pieces with a 1/4″ gap between each slat. Attach with wood glue on the underside of the slats and use the Ryobi Airstrike Nailer to fasten. (two mails in each slat on middle and back brace. Nail carpet tacks on the surface of the seat for appearance if desired.
  • Attach the front head piece in the same manner. Drill a small hole on each of the outer edges for rope handle.
  • **Optional- Add a small piece of metal or tin from the longest seat slat to the head piece (I used a piece of an old stove pipe that I cut into shape and drilled two small holes to attach, but you could also use flashing).

Easy to build $10 Vintage Sled

You can dress this sled up in a bunch of ways to add a little vintage touch (without the vintage price tag) to your Christmas decorations either indoors or out!

Easy to build vintage sled

This DIY Vintage Sled makes the perfect back drop for a natural swag or wreath. You can learn how to make a Christmas swag here and a Christmas Wreath here.

Easy to build $10 Vintage Sled

Download the Vintage Sled pattern pieces here

Sled braces, Sled Skis, Seat

Easy to build $10 Vintage Sled

But that isn’t all!

Get out your hammer and nails and get ready to build these Easy Christmas Projects

Easy To Build Christmas Projects Gifts and Decor ideas!

Rustic scrap wood Christmas tree– Dukes and Duchesses
Snowflake String Art– DIY on the Cheap
Silhouette Stand Nativity– My Day Lights
Instagram stocking holders– Frenchie Wraps
Wooden sign– Poofy Cheeks
Repurposed Gift Carry All- Let’s Go Junking
Rustic Christmas Tree Decoration-Her Tool Belt
PB Inspired Wall Art– Create and Babble
Woodland Reindeer Ornaments-Whats Ur Home Story
Advent calendar– Carissa Miss
DIY Stackable Slatted Fruit Crates– Pink When
Joy wood slice sign– Dandelion Patina
Gold Reindeer Décor– Simply Designing
Wooden Christmas Tree Display– Lauras Crafty Life
Pallet Wood Christmas Tree– Roubinek Reality
Christmas countdown chalkboard- Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza
Caddy with Herb Infused Oils- 356 Days of Crafts
Wood gift tag– Being Spiffy

Plus Check out this bonus Ryobi project from Suburble

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