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Rustic Sled

I was on Pinterest the other evening catching up on the days pins.  When I came across this PIN from one of the pinners I stalk.  OMG... SQUEAL... I LOVE THIS!   I showed it to my husband and pointed out we were making one this weekend.  Because I don't have enough to do.  But it looked easy enough and I promise it is!
Check out my Rustic Sled!

My husband measured out and followed the pieces and drew them.  I cut them out with my jigsaw.  I don't know what I would do if I didn't have this tool!

You just need a little supplies...including some sandpaper for distressing.

It takes no time at all to stain.  Follow the tutorial and stain before attaching.  I dry rubbed some walnut stain onto the pine so it looks dirty and worn.  All the edges are sanded and distressed.  He used his brad nailer and glue to put it all together.

I found some ribbon at the $1 Store.  This would be easy to change out every year.  Maybe burlap next year?

Another $1 Store purchase are these BIG jingles.  They were a yucky gold so I used a technique to make them vintage... nail polish remover and a sponge.  The red jingle I just happen to have.

My husband attached this metal strapping.  You can find them in the duct work area of the hardware store.  Then he added the twine for me.

I layered everything over a cedar bow.  I hope to find some old skates and attach them.  But that can be for another time.

Check out this AMAZING Vintage Sled and great tutorial over at Fynes Designs.  It was easy to build and it cost me about $25.  I picked up some new stain for mine.

I've always wanted one of these on my deck.  So, I was thrilled to find one with a great tutorial.  I had a packed weekend... my son broke his collar bone, my daughter was car shopping and I was squeezing this in between all that.  Be sure to follow the link to this amazing Vintage Sled!

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  1. Now you've done it. I want one of these! This is amazing and so creative! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. Wow Nicole, you never cease to amaze me!!! Your husband must be a bit of a saint too lol, but seriously this sled looks incredible, and wow, you have so much snow already...

    1. He likes doing this stuff Astrid and he has every tool out there! We had way more's warm right now so it's been melting :/

  3. AWESOME!!! I'm so glad you made one, I LOVE the deeper red you chose to stain yours. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks Virginia for the great project! I was going for more of a red. But then my husband saw this Cabernet and we were hooked! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. You already know how much I love this sled…I am sooooo going to make one ;)
    I am the one in control of all the tools here, lol.
    I shared a vintage project (on my blog) that I made years ago.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I have the sled my grandfather bought my mom when she was 5 , on my front porch with the old skates on them, but looking at yours, I couldn't tell that wasn't a vintage sled. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! Thank you so much for the link too. Incredible talent. Hope your soon is doing better.

  6. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Amazing Nicole! What a fabulous project and such an amazing decoration! I just love the country feel of a sled, reminds me of my home town! holiday hugs :)

  8. Well aren't you the clever one? Having - and using a jigsaw - wow, I am super impressed. Your project is just fabulous and it looks like real vintage too!! You never cease to amaze... Anne xx

  9. What an awesome decoration. Absolutely love your sled!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  10. Nicole I'm here!!!! I'm happy to be back among my friends of the web !!!! I felt isolated without my computer !!!! I can not comment on everything that I missed and I comment here! You're crazy! This year you are super busy and super productive! And you've made only masterpieces! BArbarayaya

  11. Wow, that is amazing !
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x

  12. WOW! this is awesome! i would be afraid to cut with a jigsaw- but you ROCKED it :) thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp!

  13. Wow how amazing are you Nicole, even the thought of using a Jigsaw terrifies me. Results are stunning.
    Julie x

  14. Wow, this is just beautiful...what a great job!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

  15. Wow!! This is amazing Nicole and such a beautiful piece of home decor for Christmas ~ it's wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Happy Christmas and looking forward to seeing what you create in 2015! :) xx

  16. I am so impressed! I can't believe you made the sled yourself. What a wonderful, wonderful project! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  17. You have your own jigsaw. Of course you do! Why am I surprised??!! This is GREAT. I love this! And yes, burlap bow next year will look great when I put this on MY front steps.... hee hee Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  18. What an amazing project you've created! I can't believe how true-to-form it is and how many memories it provoked of my own childhood sled. My brother and I got into a big wreck the first time we took the sled out and bent the red frame. I love how yours will never have that problem! Great use of materials and the whole thing has a cozy holiday feel. Thanks for the memories this provoked and for the inspiration you provided. I'm so glad you shared this with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  19. So cool, Nicole! Power tools, eh? Of course! Someone who builds beautiful stone walls should have power tools, right? I love your vintage looking sled...looks like the real deal! I have an old Flexible Flyer I bought at an antique store about 35 years ago (wow, am I really that old?) I keep it inside, though, because I would be afraid it would be stolen--yes we live in one fine neighborhood! And, yes, WHEN we ever get snow here in coastal NC, USA, we do take it out for a spin. Oh, love the jingle bells, too! Great bow! Your talents are never ending!!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. PS Hope your son is feeling ok! Does he wear a figure eight bandage? My son broke his when he was in 3rd grade. Within a week he was climbing a 40 ft. tree in our backyard with his figure eight on! Two Christmas' ago he fell out of that 40 ft. tree (at 14) and broke his back and ribs. He is so lucky to be walking today!

    Car shopping???? Oh dear! My 16 year old kids decided they don't want to drive, and that is ok, since insurance would be out of this world! Good luck with that!


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