How to Make a Sled Out of Popsicle Sticks

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Things You'll Need

  • 8 Popsicle sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Scissors

Popsicle sticks are versatile craft materials and they make for eco-friendly crafts because you can use the same sticks that your Popsicles were on after you have eaten them instead of tossing the sticks out. Make miniature sleds to hang on your Christmas tree or play with and give toys sled rides. Decorate them to fit your own style once the craft is completed.

Lay three Popsicle sticks in vertically on a table and line them up perfectly with each other. Push the center stick up a little to stagger the sticks and create a point. Apply glue to the sides of the sticks to hold them together in this formation.

Stand two Popsicle sticks on their sides on either side of your group of three. Line them up so they are even with the original side sticks, but still standing up on the sides. Apply glue to the sides that touch the other sticks to keep them in place. These are your sled runners.

Lay two more Popsicle sticks on either side of the runners, but stagger them like you did with the original three sticks so they are a bit lower than the runners. Glue them in place along the sides. Allow all of your glue to dry according to the glue packaging.

Flip your sled over and stand it on the runners.

Glue a Popsicle stick across the front end of your sled (where you made the center stick point further) just below the lowest sticks along the side. This is your cross beam. Allow the glue to dry.

Paint your sled with craft paint and paint brushes to decorate it. Allow the paint to dry.

Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon or twine with scissors and knot it around the cross beam ends.