DIY Snow Sleds
There's no better way to spend a winter day than getting outside and enjoying the snow. Don't let a lack of winter toys stop you from getting out there. Improvise with items you already have lying around the house and make your own snow sled.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need:
- Plastic trash can lid
- Rope (optional)
- Knife or scissors
Find a round, plastic trash can lid. Make sure lid doesn't have handles protruding out of the top. Lids from 33-gallon trash cans tend to work best because they are large enough to sit in comfortably.
Clean inside of trash can lid, as this is where you'll be sitting.
Optional: Using a scissors, cut a pair of holes in the upper rim of trash can lid. The two adjacent holes should be cut approximately 12 inches apart. Cut a second pair of holes on the opposite side of the lid.
Optional: String two pieces of rope through the holes (one piece of rope through each pair), leaving enough slack to make a comfortable handle. Tie knots in the ropes on the outside of the lid to secure.
Bundle up in your warm winter clothing, locate a snowy hill, and go sledding.
Tips & Warnings
The best time for sledding is when there are 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. The snow should be packed (but not icy) for prime sledding conditions.
When choosing a sledding hill, be sure there is adequate room at the bottom of the hill to slow down. Hills at school playgrounds and on golf courses work well. Avoid high-traffic areas.
Article Written By Nicole Wolf
A Colorado native, Nicole Wolf is a freelance writer. She primarily writes health and fitness-related articles for online publications such as Trails.com. Wolf graduated from Whitman College in 2008 with a B.A. in psychology. Her education in this field has expanded the versatility and depth of her writing.
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