Christmas Tablescape – DIY Vintage Sled

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This year I am lucky enough to be participating in a Christmas tablescape blog hop with 8 other talented bloggers! If you’re stopping by from the hop, welcome and don’t forget to visit the other bloggers linked below!

I like to focus on building here at Bitterroot DIY, so I whipped up a cute sled centerpiece for this hop. It only took about half an hour to make … and I even did it twice since it completely fell apart after the first attempt (don’t ask…)

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Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

The Woodpile Fun barnwood bundles make this project especially quick. Check out your local hobby lobby for a pack, or head to your backyard to search for some weathered wood! 

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

The size is completely up to you, but the wood from the bundle I used was approximately the dimensions of a 1 x 2.  

 

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

Once you complete the sled, place it at the center of your table atop a simple table runner and add the rest of the decor.

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

Start with a plain set of glass vases, wrapped with Christmas ribbon, jute, and a pine cone and place them at the center of attention. Next, add some floating candles, snowy pine cones, and branches (I used a pine branch garland and simply cut pine pieces off to spread along the table).

 

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

Finish it all off with Christmas dishes and you’re good to go!

Tools & Supplies for Sled

Christmas Table Decor Supplies

Cut List:

  • 2  |   Barnwood @ 28″ (runners)
  • 2  |   1 x 2 @ 5″ (rungs – I just used some spare 1×2 that I had lying around)
  • 3  |   Barnwood @ 18″ (slates)
  • 1  |   Barnwood @ 7″ (steering support)

Step 1. Cut Boards to Length

Cut boards to length according to the cut list.

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

*The photo shows four slates: I had originally planned to use four, but decided I liked three better when I was putting it together.

Step 2. Runners

Connect the sled runners with 1 x 2 rungs. Position the rungs flush with the top of the sled to provide support for the slates (added in the next step). Attach the 1 x 2s to the runners with wood glue and finish nails.

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

Clamp in place and let the wood glue to dry.

Step 3. Slates

Place the outermost slates flush with runners and attach with wood glue and finish nails. Place the third slate in the middle of the sled and attach to the 1 x 2 rungs with wood glue and finish nails.

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

Step 4. Steering Support

Position the front steering support about 1 ½” from the top of the runners and attach with wood glue and finish nails.

Step 5. Steering Rope

Drill two holes through either side of the steering support. Thread both ends of the jute rope through the holes and tie a knot at the ends. Adjust the rope into place.

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

And that’s that!

It’s a fun Christmas craft and adds something unique to your tablescape!

Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

I just love the look of the snowy pine cones and pine branches against the weathered barnwood!

And the little floating tealights add just the right sparkle.

Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible! And please do share your photos if you make your own sled. I’d love to see it!

 

 

 

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Christmas Tablescape - DIY Vintage Sled

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  6. Kelly - Reply

    This is such a creative and rustic idea for a centerpiece! I love it!
    Thank you so much for joining in on this hop and I hope you have a Happy Holidays!
    Best,
    Kelly

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