Popsicle Stick Sleds


Need a quick and easy teacher gift? Kid craft? Grandparent gift? I’ve got you covered.

You’ll need:

  • Eight popsicle sticks
  • Mini clothespins (if you want to make gift card holders)
  • Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • String, yarn, or twine
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

I bought the popsicle sticks and mini clothespins at Target. Everything else I had already, but you can also buy those things at Target.

Total cost per sled was about $.23.

Disclaimer – please handle the hot glue gun for your kids. I’m darn near a pro with them and I managed to burn myself a few times. It hurts!

Step 1:

  • Lay five popsicle sticks out in this pattern:

Step 2:

  • Cut a popsicle stick into two smaller pieces and hot glue across the back of the five popsicle sticks. I cut my sticks to 1.75″, but you should cut yours to a length that works for you. (Popsicle stick sizes vary.)

Step 3:

  • Dot the crosshairs with hot glue. Lay two more popsicle sticks as rails.

Step 4:

  • Glue string to the inside front of the rails.

Step 5:

  • Let the glue dry, then paint.
  • After paint has dried, add a coat of Mod Podge. I like satin finish.
  • Optional – when everything is dry, add a mini clothespin to the front. This makes a great gift card holder.


Add a mini clothespin to make a gift card holder.


Or let your kids go crazy and create their own sweet ornament.

Other ideas and tips:

  • Make a bunch ahead of time for crafting emergencies, like a snow day.
  • Or make a bunch ahead of time for non-emergencies, like class parties, winter birthdays, or grandparent gifts.
  • Tie to treat boxes or gifts as extra decoration.


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