This HO! HO! HO! festive Christmas sled display is easier to create than you might think. Full tutorial to make one that matches your own Christmas decor!
This Christmas decor may look complicated, but when you read through the steps — and see the helpful pictures — you’ll see it is pretty much a straight-forward painting project.
First you paint, then you stencil, and finally you glue it all together!
This is a sponsored holiday project for DecoArt. The project idea and tutorial are 100% my own.
Use outdoor paint and glue on your outside projects!
Because I used outdoor paints and E6000 glue, my festive Christmas sled can handle the outdoor elements!
(The entire project is rather lightweight, so I still plan to keep it somewhat sheltered versus displaying it front and center in the garden beds. If I did that, the wind would definitely carry it away!)
Why paper maché letters?
I found the paper maché letters and the unfinished wood sled at the craft store.
Helpful Tip: I purposely chose paper maché letters because of how lightweight they are. In the craft store, I balanced one set of letters onto the sled to make sure the size worked.
The letters and sled were painted in traditional red and green colors, then distressed with brown paint.
First you paint . . .
Next, you stencil . . .
Once dry, it was time to add some metallic gold stencil designs.
Because I wanted everything to match, I chose a stencil similar to the design on the ornaments.
Overlap the stenciled design onto more than one letter, as it helps visually join the letters together.
Finally, you glue it all together!
Once everything was dry, I put the entire display together — one section at a time — using E6000 glue.
After the letters were attached and dry, I began to add ornaments here and there — again, using E6000 glue.
Some ornaments were on their sides and some were leaning together. Others were upright — as if they sort of tumbled onto the sled.
Helpful tip: If your sled is a little bigger like mine, add a cluster of ornaments to the left and right of the letters.
And don’t forget to glue some ornaments into the actual letters!
HO! HO! HO! Sign with Sled and Ornaments
My step-by-step tutorial is live on the DecoArt website!
Click on the image above – or click on the text below – to see:
The tutorial includes a list of supplies plus many pictures to help you create your own festive Christmas sled display!
Want to see another outdoor-friendly Christmas sign that’s easy to put together?
Check out my JOY Sign Tutorial here!
Happy holiday crafting!