Advent Calendar Project ’15 – Week 22

Every Friday for the twenty-four weeks leading up to December 1st, we will be making a handmade Christmas ornament. Follow along and make them all or pick and chose your favorites.

For this week’s ornaments we are working with wooden coffee stirrers again. Last time, we turned them into a tiny toboggan, this time it’s a tiny sled.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
This sled is much easier to make than the toboggan since you don’t have to bend the wood. Jumbo paperclips make perfect little sled runners and you don’t have to try bending the curve in the wire yourself.

Tiny Wooden Sled Ornament


  • wooden picks or coffee stirrers, you’ll want two or three
  • scissors that can cut the stirrers, I used kitchen shears
  • tacky glue
  • varnish, polyurethane or wood stain (optional)
  • two jumbo paper clips
  • wire cutter
  • fine twine or embroidery floss

1. Cut the wooden sticks into four pieces. Two pieces should be 1.5″ with rounded ends. One piece should be 2″ and rounded on both ends. The final piece should be about 1″ long with the ends and one long edge rounded.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
2. Glue the 1.5″ pieces on either side of the 2″ piece and the 1″ piece on top of the longer piece like shown. Let dry.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
If you want to varnish, paint or stain the sled do it now.

3. With the wire cutters, cut about 1″ off the end of the paperclip clips.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
Turn the wooden piece over and glue the paperclips on either side. You may need to bend the open curved end slightly to get is to sit flat on the sled. Let dry.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22

Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
4. Cut a piece of twine long enough to hang the sled and glue it to either side of the front piece of the sled.
Advent Calendar Project '15 - Week 22
If I had wanted to be really accurate. I could have drilled small holes in the front piece of the sled and put the twine through them with knot to hold it in place, but I was afraid it would split the wood.

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