Front Porch Christmas Decorations with a Wooden Sled

Front Porch Christmas Decorations with a Wooden Sled

I had been on the hunt for a 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 front porch Christmas decorations, and I knew exactly how I wanted to achieve that.

Wooden sled at an antiques store to use for front porch Christmas decorations with red mittens

I loved the idea of incorporating these antique sleds into porch decor 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?

So, I reminisced about my sledding days and thought about where I went sledding, who I went sledding with, and what I wore (snowsuit or snow pants, hat, mittens).

Mittens. Red mittens. Red 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 sweater mittens , or “smittens” as I like to think of them.

Upcycling clothes from the thrift store to make red mittens from a sweater for Christmas sled decoration

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Knit Mittens to Hang on a Wooden Sled

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

Using a marker to create a mitten pattern on a thrift store sweater to create the sweater mittens

First, I 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.

Tracing a hand on a sweater for upcycling fashion into knit mittens or sweater mittens

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 raw edges closed.

I lined the cut edges with specialty glue, allowed them to dry, and quickly (i.e., not perfectly) hand-stitched the knit mittens closed with embroidery floss.

Sweater mittens or knit mittens to hang on a wooden sled by upcycling clothes from the thrift store

After all was said and done, I turned them right-side-out, and ta-da! Red mittens that were just perfect.

Maybe not perfect enough to wear, but certainly good enough to use on the wooden sled!

Knit mittens by upcycling clothes or an old sweater from the thrift store for Christmas decor

Now I was ready to assemble my front porch Christmas decorations!

Wooden Sled and with Red Mittens for Front Porch Christmas Decorations

I propped up the wooden sled and I snipped some nice branches from our plethora of cypress trees. Next, I tied them to the antique sled with some jute twine.

Look at that! I even did a little yard work with some tree trimming – ha, ha!

Decorating a wooden sled or antique sled with greenery for front porch Christmas decorations

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 had a purpose with the Christmas sled decoration!

Large jingle bells on a wooden sled to create the rustic Christmas decor and Christmas sled decoration on the front porch

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

Front porch Christmas decorations with sweater mittens and a wooden sled for rustic Christmas decor

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.

Christmas sled decoration and front porch Christmas decorations with a wooden sled and upcycling clothes into knit mittens

And I am telling you what- I LOVE this rustic Christmas decor! It is just so darn cute, and I love that I upcycled the sweater mittens, too.

Hurray for finally finding a wooden sled, too! So tell me, what will your front porch Christmas decorations look like this year?

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for cabin-style or rustic Christmas decor, then you’ll love this holiday wreath by upcycling a clothespin bag!

Holiday wreath and rustic Christmas decor by upcycling a clothes pin bag with artificial poinsettia

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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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