Last summer my sister Debbie picked up this little oak sleigh on the cheap at a garage sale. I think she only paid a dollar or so for it. I didn’t get a ‘before’ snap of it, but it was basically that 80’s pale oak with a shiny poly on top. Debbie painted it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle way back then and then it sat up in my carriage house for a few months.
Both Debbie and I were keeping our eye’s peeled for the perfect stencil for it. We saw a couple that we both liked, but they were either too big or too expensive. Finally Debbie picked up an inexpensive snowflake stencil at Michaels, and I suggested we try cutting our own stencils for the rest using my Cricut machine.
We started with “Brrr…” on the side.
And then we added “No. 25” on the front …
The beauty of cutting our own stencils was that we could size them precisely for this project.
Once the paint was dry, we sanded lightly and then waxed. We used hot glue to adhere some floral foam inside the bottom of the sleigh. The we gathered up some things Debbie had been stocking up on to use inside.
The birch logs were gathered by the roadside when we were up north for our scrapbook retreat. The single spruce top was free at Home Depot. They don’t sell them singly, but when Debbie asked the garden center manager if she could buy just one he said “oh, just take this one!” Some of the other greens are also free ones from Home Depot. Did you know they keep a big bin of the branches that have been trimmed from the Christmas trees and you can just help yourself? Jeesh. Wish I had known that before I bought all the greens for my front window box! Debbie did purchase the red and white candy decorations and the red twigs, as well as some of the nicer greens.
All in, I think Debbie spent under $25 for everything needed to make this darling Christmas decoration. She’s going to put it on the balcony of her apartment. Unless she decides it just too darn cute to be outside!