Monday, November 4, 2013

"S" is for Sled Christmas Countdown

Paint: wood sled Christmas countdown advent calendar

Using a store bought wood sled I added two giant hooks and 24 handpainted numbers on thin hobby wood to make this wood sled Christmas advent calendar:
I found the unpainted wood sled at Michaels last year after Christmas on super markdown but I'm pretty sure they have them again this year.

 A fun tradition for kids to enjoy in anticipation of the big day.
You could paint any design or even personalize it with your last name, I added this holly on the front piece:

How to make a wood sled Christmas countdown:

1. Purchase a ready made craft wood sled.

2. For the wood number tags I used 3/32" thick basswood (from a craft/hobby shop) at 4"w x 24"l:

3. Cut the basswood into 5" lengths x 24 pieces:

4. Mark the position of the wood numbers and drill holes for hooks.

5. Screw hook into position with nuts on either side and some E6000 glue:

6. Now that the hooks are in place drill matching holes into wood number pieces, make a template:

7. To paint the wood numbers print out your numbers to fit.
Using a ballpoint pen and heavy pressure trace around the numbers:

The pressure of the pen leaves an indent in the wood:

8. Paint on and inside the indent:

9. Same process for lettering.
Print out lettering to fit sled area:

20. Trace with ballpoint pen and heavy pressure:

21. Paint on and inside the indent:

22. Stain the sled, Minwax golden oak.
Add details if desired:

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  1. Great project idea! I love how you incorporated a sled with cute.

  2. Beautiful project and lovely font! Which font did you use? Thanks and keep the awesome projects coming!

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  4. this is so cute! And your work is just impecable! (my spelling is atrocious!)