Christmas Porch Decor with a Vintage Wooden Sled and Repurposed Sweater Mittens

Christmas Porch Decor with a Vintage Wooden Sled and Repurposed Sweater Mittens

I had been on the hunt for a vintage wooden sled for a long time- but every time I found one, the price was just a little too high for me to pull the trigger. Finally, FINALLY I found one in rural Georgia that would work perfectly as Christmas porch decor, and I knew exactly how I wanted to achieve that.

Vintage wooden sled at antiques store to be upcycled into DIY Christmas porch decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hurrah, hurrah!

I love the idea of incorporating these old sleds into porch décor for Christmas/winter- but many of them are decorated with traditional wreathes or a pair of vintage ice skates.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t wear ice skates while sledding. And while I love the look of the old skates, I probably didn’t need to replicate that look. Surely I could make my sled a little different, right? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So I reminisced about my sledding days and thought about where I went sledding (Jackson Hill), who I went sledding with (fellow Villa Park southsiders), and what I wore (snowsuit or snowpants, hat, mittens).


Red wool mittens.

Red wool mittens with a string connecting them.

I wasn’t about to go hunt down some vintage red mittens- and I definitely didn’t want to purchase new ones. But I had just thrifted a red sweater recently. And I could upcycle it to create DIY sweater mittens , or “smittens” as I like to think of them.

Making mittens from upcycled sweater from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Thrifted and ready to be repurposed!

To make some sweater mittens, I turned the sweater inside-out and grabbed a Sharpie. Cottonball insisted upon helping.

Making mittens from upcycled sweater from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /


I then put my hand at the lower edge of the sweater, lining up my wrist with the bottom sweater banding. Using the Sharpie, I traced along my hand in a mitten shape.

Making upcycled sweater mittens for Christmas porch decor on a vintage wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Easy, peasy…

On the other bottom corner of the sweater, I did the same thing with my right hand. Then, I cut out my “mittens”, still with the right sides facing each other, and pinned the edges (not the bottom ones, though) closed. I lined the cut edges with specialty glue, allowed them to dry, and quickly (i.e., not perfectly) hand-stitched the mitten closed with embroidery floss.

Making upcycled sweater mittens for Christmas porch decor on a vintage wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Inside out…

After all was said and done, I turned them right-side-out, and ta-da! Perfect red sweater mittens. Maybe not perfect enough to wear, but certainly good enough to decorate with for my Christmas porch decor idea.

Repurposed sweater mittens to use with a vintage wooden sled for DIY Christmas porch decor by Sadie Seasongoods /


Now I was ready to assemble my Christmas porch decor!

Rustic Christmas Porch Decor

I propped up my wooden sled and I snipped some nice branches from our plethora of cypress trees and tied them to the sled with some jute twine. Look at that! First I incorporated cleaning into this project and now some yard work!

Using an antique sled to decorate the front porch for Christmas time with upcycled sweater mittens by Sadie Seasongoods /

First layer of decor…

Over the branches, I hung some large bells. I’ve had these suckers for years but never knew what to do with them. FINALLY they have a purpose in my Christmas porch decor!

Decorating a vintage sled for Christmas porch decor with DIY mittens made from a repurposed thrift store sweater by Sadie Seasongoods /

Decor Layer 2…

Then, I wrapped my sweater mittens around the wooden sled. Since I didn’t have any red yarn, I simply safety-pinned a short red ribbon to each smitten to “connect” them, which also held them in place around the sled.

Creating rustic Christmas porch decor with upcycled sweater mittens on a vintage wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Decor layer 3…

For the final touch, I added a large bow. I’m not much of a bow person and I’m certainly not skilled in bow-tying, but I was happy with how it turned out.

Creating rustic Christmas porch decor with upcycled sweater mittens on a vintage wooden sled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Decor layer 4 and DONE!

And I am telling you what- I LOVE my rustic Christmas porch decor! It is just so darn cute, and I love that I upcycled the sweater mittens, too. Hurray for my vintage sled! So tell me, what’s your porch décor this holiday season?

Before you go, please check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled Christmas projects for more festive inspiration!

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  1. Love it! I’ve been searching for a vintage sled. My sister in Colorado found one for me, but the cost for shipping was far more than the cost of the sled so she sent me a pic of “my” decorated sled on “her” front porch. The smittens are adorable.

  2. cute! we have a sled that i’d like to use like this, but i don’t trust the amount of people who walk by house.

    • I have my Dad’s childhood sled from the 40’s, but sadly I think like you so maybe I can put it next to the fireplace!

  3. I LOVE vintage sleds, and you’ve made this one look so pretty with the handmade gloves. And those bells could not be more perfect for hanging in the greenery!

  4. Beautifully done! That sled was a great find! 🙂

  5. That is beautiful!! I so want to find a sled like that, but up here in the mountains, people are still using theirs and not selling them! 🙂

  6. I love your sled and your smittens. Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMatters linky.

  7. Oh, your Sled & Smittens is adorable! I love it. There is just something wonderful about vintage decor at Christmastime. Thank you for sharing at the Home Matters Linky Party. Pinned and shared. 🙂

    ~Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

  8. This is such a cute and creative idea for a porch decoration. Enjoy the holidays! #WWDParty

  9. So, so cute! I love this fun holiday decoration. Thanks for sharing. PINNED!

  10. I know this post is really about the mittens, but I really love those super large bells! Lovely display 🙂 Thank you for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Join us next week for one last party in 2014.

  11. Joy @ Yesterfood says

    I love everything, everything about this, Sarah! Red, smittens, bells, vintage, porch….and only YOU could include a cleaning project in with your decorating project! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned!

  12. Clever idea, re: mittens!

  13. Cute idea – love the sled!

  14. I love your different décor for the vintage sled! The smittens are fabulous and have a vintage look to them. My sled is left plain with my childhood skates in their original plaid bag sitting next to it. I didn’t wear my skates while sledding either!!

  15. Adorable vignette!

  16. Such a pretty vignette. Sleighs are hard to come by in Florida, although I saw a lady buying one where my booth is. Had I been there 5 minutes earlier…anyway your porch decor is very welcoming.

    • Thank you, Debra! Yes…I can imagine not many folks bring their sleds with them when they migrate to Florida. Guess you just need to go pickin’ in North Georgia (which is where I found mine!). 😉

  17. very sweet. An d I love the cat!

  18. I’d say you really lucked out! And I love the name smittens, and what a cute helper you have! Thanks for sharing this on Throwback Thursday – I’ll be pinning it to our board, so make sure to follow! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  19. This is so adorable! I have been looking for decor porch ideas. Now to get lucky and find an old sled!!

  20. This is such a cute idea! I love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Merry Christmas!

  21. Great sled decor idea. The mittens are adorable. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  22. What a great welcome to your home, and reminds me of the days gone by with sledding!!
    Thanks for stopping to share on the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday!
    Merry Christmas!!

  23. Your sled turned out really cute. I see mittens at all the craft shows made from sweaters and think they are very popular! Wishing you are very Merry Christmas!

  24. They really add a pop of colour to your display – love it!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  25. What a fabulous find, and I especially love, love, love way you did to it.

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