Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft

These tiny toboggan popsicle stick sled ornaments are a fun holiday craft for both toddlers and grown-ups! They are beautiful left plain, but can also be decorated with paint or other fun stuff for some extra art class fun. Here’s the tutorial for this popsicle stick sled kids craft!

These are also one of the 14 adorable Christmas crafts for kids that we’ve made lately, in case you’d like to check those out too.

Kids diy toboggan ornament on christmas tree
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft

Supplies for popsicle stick sled kids craft

December is a great time for crafting. Making ornaments for the tree is a fun way to add a personal touch to your festive decorations (and keep the little ones busy!). This popsicle stick sled ornament is such an easy handmade Christmas ornament, and it looks great on the tree!

Here are the supplies for this tiny toboggan kids craft:

  • Popsicle sticks
    • You can use any size of these since you’ll be cutting them down to size anyway. We used regular-sized craft sticks, but both jumbo popsicle sticks and small popsicle sticks would be cute too!
  • Non-toxic glue
  • String
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes

As with most kids crafts, it’s nice to have a surface protector and a paint shirt. Full supervision is a must. Read and follow all the instructions on the materials you choose.

Supplies for popsicle stick sleds - kids craft
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft

How to make tiny toboggans from popsicle sticks

Here is how to make tiny toboggans from popsicle sticks:

  1. Prior to starting the craft, have a responsible adult cut some of the popsicle sticks in half. Each sled will need 3 half-sticks. Make a few extra!
  2. Count out about 5 popsicle sticks for the toboggan deck. Using 4 or 6 sticks will also work.
  3. Line up the 5 popsicle sticks right beside each other.
  4. Apply glue to one half popsicle stick. We used tacky glue and it worked great! Affix it across the five deck sticks near one end.
    • If all you have is a glue gun, that would work – But be super careful the kiddos don’t touch it while it’s hot
  5. Apply glue to another half popsicle stick. Affix it across the other end of the five deck sticks.
  6. Let the glue dry a bit. The length of time you need to wait will depend on the glue you choose. Factor this into your craft session planning. We did the first bit in one session and the second bit in a different arts and crafts session, letting it dry completely between.
  7. Turn the sled over. Affix one last half piece on the back of the sled, behind one of the front ones to make supports. Check out photos of the cross piece below!
  8. Apply glue on the skinny thin end of two popsicle sticks to create sled runners. Affix each one to the back of the sled as rails (see photos below). Some glue will stick just like that. Other glue may not be as tacky and you may need to prop the rails up while they dry. It really depends on the glue you choose!
  9. This is also a great time to attacg a string or twine to hang up the popsicle stick sled. We glued a string loop into the space between the two cross-pieces at the front of the sled.
  10. Once the sled is dry, it can be decorated! We just used some craft paint left over from a previous art project, but it would be super fun to decorate the sleds with pom poms or any other embellishments that your littles like!
    • Honestly, they’re also cute enough that you could hang your adorable sled without being painted!

Easy peasy, right? I absolutely love the way these homemade Christmas decorations turned out. And, I love that there are barely any supplies required!

Have you made this fun Christmas craft or any of our other handmade Christmas ornaments? We would love to see them!

Counting practice - popsicle sticks
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Counting popsicle sticks
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Glue time for arts and crafts
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Gluing together popsicle stick sleds
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Arts and craft time - sled craft for toddlers
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Glue and popsicle stick christmas craft
Popsicle Stick Sled Kids Craft
Gluing together the tiny toboggan with popsicle sticks
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Glue together popsicle sticks - preschool winter craft - sled toboggan
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Glue popsicle stick sled together
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Glue on string for hanging up sled ornament
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft
Painting toboggan ornaments for parents
Tiny toboggans: Kids popsicle stick craft

More ideas

Once you’ve made a popsicle stick sled ornament (or 12!), you may have leftover popsicle sticks. You could try to make other homemade Christmas ornaments from them, like Christmas presents, reindeer, or a Christmas tree!

You could also make picture frames from the extra sticks as a frame for small festive drawings or holiday pictures.

Have fun crafting, and Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!

Also – We’ve been crafting up a storm this month! Here are some other crafts we’ve made:

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a digital content creator and mom of three. She is also an engineer and bit of a plant nerd too. She has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, and Family Handyman.

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