How to Make a Sled Out of Cardboard Boxes

How to Make a Sled Out of Cardboard Boxes
A cardboard sled is a frugal, creative way to spend the day racing down a snowy slope. With just a few household items, you can make your own sled in under an hour. Spend some time planning out your perfect design and collecting the necessary materials. Consider reinforcement options like an extra layer on your cardboard base and walls, and don't forget to personalize your sled with your own decorations.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Rope
  • Glue
  • Decorations
Step 1
Determine what materials you need for your sled. Collect corrugated cardboard, duct tape, scissors, rope, glue and any decorations you want to use to personalize your sled.
Step 2
Create a design for your intended sled. For something simple, use a rectangular piece of corrugated cardboard with a rounded front. Include an extra layer of cardboard at the base to increase durability and longevity. You can also choose to add sides and design flourishes.
Step 3
Cut your cardboard according to your new blueprint and try to make the edges as clean and straight as possible. Choose a piece with a rounded edge for the top front of the cardboard. Using a design that includes folding the cardboard could weaken the overall construction of your sled.
Step 4
Cut a small hole in either side of the front of your sled. (You can even just poke a hole into the cardboard with your scissors.) Thread the rope through each hole and tie it off to create a pull. Make sure the rope is strong enough to pull whoever is riding on it. Or you can use the rope to pull an empty sled to and from your launch point. If you prefer, you can also create handles on each side of the sled instead of a rope.
Step 5
Add sides by cutting out cardboard pieces that match the length of your sled. Make them as high as you wish and attach using glue and reinforce with duct tape. You can also include a roof and make a car, spaceship, or boat design.
Step 6
Use decorations such as emblems, logos, glitter, or stickers to personalize your sled. Attach with glue or tape to secure. Get creative with your options and consider entering a cardboard sled race or design competition.

Tips & Warnings

Test the durability and agility of your sled before launching a full day of sledding.
Pick up extra cardboard from a local retailer or grocery store for free.
Cardboard is never fully waterproof and even the best designed sleds will eventually deteriorate or require a new base after wear and tear.

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