By Chris Dunmire | Posted December 4, 2005 | Updated December 22, 2019
You don't have to eat that many ice cream novelties or Popsicles® to get the wooden craft sticks you'll need to make this classic runner sled Christmas tree ornament. Each snow sled needs only eight craft sticks and craft glue to put together. Once the sled is assembled and dry, you can paint it red or green (or any other color you like) and tie on a piece of curling ribbon for the hanging handle. The finished sled will have "runners" just like the real thing!
You will be working from the "bottom view" of the sled for the first three steps.
Place three craft sticks down on your surface (for the sled "panels"). Stagger the outer two sticks about 1/4" (or length of your choice) down from the middle stick as shown. Whatever stagger length you choose at this point will be repeated for the rest of the sticks on the sled.
Glue each of the outer sticks to the middle stick by applying a thin bead of glue to the each side of the middle stick and pushing the outer sticks into it. Hold firm for about 15 seconds.
Next, assemble and glue two more craft sticks (the sled "runners") to the outside panel sticks. The runners should be placed on their sides and glued flush with the panels.
Assemble and glue the last two panels as shown. Allow the partial sled assembly to dry before moving onto step 4.
You will be working from the top view of the sled for step 4.
After the sled is dry from step 3, turn it over and glue the "cross beam" craft stick onto the top of the sled as shown.
Allow sled to dry before moving onto step 5.
When the glue on the sled is completely dry, you can decorate it as you wish. For this project, I painted my sleds with green and red acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I tied a piece of curling ribbon onto the cross beam for the sled "handle" and hanger.
You can be more creative with your sled decorating if you wish. Embellish it with found objects, glitter, polymer clay figurines, or anything else that sticks to it.
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