How to create a beautiful rustic wood sled for Christmas. Stain an unfinished wood sled and use a large stamped image as the artwork. Embellish and enjoy!
Although I’m still recovering from my double hip replacement surgery, I’ve been enjoying getting back into my craft room!
Sure, I need to craft in shorter spurts of time, followed by lots of laps in my walker to stretch out my legs, followed by rest — but — it feels really great to forget about all of this rehab and recovery while stamping and painting!
Many of the stamping projects I’ve shared here as part of the Simply Stamps Design Team have been line stamps, meaning stamps that can be filled in with color or not.
Today I’m using a solid color stamp for my rustic wood sled: the Curled Christmas Tree craft stamp from Simply Stamps.
This stamp — like all of the Simply Stamps craft stamps — comes in multiple sizes:
- XS = 1″
- S = 1.75″
- M = 2″
- L = 3″
- XL = 4″
I chose the XL size so I can show you how easy it is to use when you need a good-size Christmas tree image.
Today’s project — a beautiful rustic wood sled — was so much fun to create!
FTC Disclaimer: I’ve received products/compensation as part of the Simply Stamps Design Team. This Rustic Wood Sled, however, is 100% my own project! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I explain more here.
How to Create a Beautiful Rustic Wood Sled
- Curled Christmas Tree Craft Stamp — Simply Stamps
- Unfinished wood sled
- FolkArt Pickling Wash in Cottage White and Driftwood — Plaid Crafts
- StazOn Midi Ink Pad in Emerald City — Tsukineko
- Sponge daubers
- Emery board
- Mini Glue Dots
- Brown colored pencil
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Snowy Pine — Canvas Corp Brands
- Dazzling Metallics Rose Gold Paint — DecoArt
- Paintbrushes in various sizes include tiny detail brushes
- Lace trims and ribbons
- Lint-free cloth
- Wax paper
Step One: If needed, sand any rough edges of the unfinished wood sled with an emery board. Wipe with a damp cloth and let dry.
Step Two: Stain the unfinished wood sled with Driftwood pickling wash.
Step Three: Roughly stain the wood sled with Cottage White pickling wash, letting some of the Driftwood color peek through for a rustic look.
Step Four: Stamp the Curled Christmas Tree craft stamp onto the top of the wood sled using green permanent ink.
Helpful tip: I like to use solvent permanent ink when stamping onto painted or stained wood. This ink gives very crisp, clear stamping results. My favorites are the StazOn ink pads from Tsukineko.
Step Five: If any part of the Christmas tree stamped image needs to be touched up, use a small sponge dauber with the same ink pad.
There are lots of sponge daubers available at craft stores and online. I like this package of sponge daubers from Martha Stewart because of the tiny sizes included.
Step Six: Paint the front bar on the sled with rose gold metallic paint.
Step Seven: Paint all of the edges and trim on the sled with rose gold metallic paint.
Step Eight: Using mini glue dots, apply individual tiny sequins as ornaments to the Christmas tree stamped image. Attach a larger sequin to the star.
First I placed sequins underneath each “curl” of the Christmas tree. Next, I filled in the tree with more sequins as ornaments.
Step Nine: Use a brown colored pencil to shade in the bottom tree trunk of the Christmas tree.
Step Ten: Add tiny droplets of Tattered Angels Snowy Pine Glimmer Mist to the front and sides of the sled.
Helpful tip: Use wax paper or scrap paper underneath the sled to catch any wayward splatters while you’re doing this step.
- Carefully take the spray cap top off of the bottle.
- Hold the spray cap so that the attached tube is horizontally over the sled.
- Gently tap the cap with a small paintbrush stick.
- Tiny droplets of the glimmer mist will splatter onto the sled.
Let the sled dry extremely well, and make sure not to touch the mist while it’s drying so you don’t smear it.
Once dry, you’ll see that each of the dried droplets has a silvery sheen to it. It’s a really pretty effect! (See below.)
Step Eleven: Attach a piece of vintage lace to hang the sled up.
Step Twelve: Add vintage trims, laces, seam binding and/or ribbon into a large bow at the top of the lace hanger.
Extra step! After everything was finished, I felt like I needed to add one more thing, so I used a bit of vintage ephemera with a lace scrap to finish things off:
I outlined the “Dec 25” scrap with a brown marker, then used mini glue dots to attach it to the sled.
And that’s it!
Hang up your beautiful rustic wood sled and enjoy!
Here’s another angle so you can see the sideview:
And if you have a large Christmas tree, you could even hang it as an ornament!
Now is the perfect time to buy some Christmas stamps to craft with.
You should also check out their wonderful line of address stamps too — they’re perfect for mailing out your holiday cards, and also make great gifts!
Happy holiday crafting!