“Dashing through the Snow” calls to mind sleigh rides and Santa Claus on his gift giving journey. With a wooden sleigh and a few accessories, you can create a wonderful holiday centerpiece. Before we begin, let’s look at color schemes and designs of several sleighs to get your creative ideas flowing:
Although this sleigh needs some love, wood in its natural state is attractive. With a little polish, the brass runners will shine again. The lights and evergreen garland are great seasonal details.
Stained Wood Sleigh
The beauty of natural wood grain may not require color. A clear sealant coat helps preserve wood for years to come. Wood stain is optional.
Green, Gold & White Sleigh
Green and gold are nice alternatives to the standard red and green Christmas colors.
One Horse Open Sleigh
A clear finish protects the natural wood color, while the open sides provide decorative opportunities for colorful pillows and blankets to keep riders warm on a cold winter day.
Formula 1 Sleigh?
If Ferrari built sleighs, this would be the one. This sleek aerodynamic design would allow Santa Claus to complete his rounds in half the time.
Red & Gold Sleigh
The brilliant red and shiny gold trim are popular choices for Santa’s sleigh.
Red & Gold Sleigh with Lights
Dazzling string lights create a magical ambiance, day or night.
How to Paint a Wooden Sleigh:
There are many wooden sleighs available through craft stores or online.
Wooden Sleigh (10-1/2” high x 14” long x 6” wide)
Acrylic Paints – red, black, metallic gold, & white
1) Bottle fabric paint: white
Sleigh Painted Red
Paint the sleigh with red acrylic paint. It may take a couple coats to ensure smooth, even color.
Black Painted Rails
Paint the rails black on both sides and all edges.
Painted Snow & Gold Trim
Draw snowflakes on all four sides and paint each with white acrylic paint. To enhance the designs, go over each snowflake with white dimensional fabric paint. Paint the edges of the sleigh with metallic gold paint. This will most likely require two coats.
This completes the sleigh. Now it is time to think about making it the focal point of a new centerpiece. Your next decision is: Who will pull the sleigh?
Dog sledding teams compete every year in an Alaskan race called the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Horse Drawn Sleigh
Riding in a horse drawn sleigh has been a tradition for centuries. In warmer seasons the sleighs are swapped out with carriages for year-round enjoyment.
Reindeer Drawn Sleigh
Santa isn’t the only one using reindeer to guide his sleigh.
A perfect 10 on the Cuteness Scale
Holding the reins securely in his paws, this adorable yorkie steers a course straight into the hearts of viewers in this moose drawn sleigh.
With your selections in mind, it is time to complete this project. There are no wrong answers. You may already have everything you need.
Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece
I chose a pig to pull the sleigh. His hat is a floral pick, without the stick. Fabric ribbon serves as reins, and I made a collar with a few jingle bells. Tuck one end of the reins into the collar, and the other is held by a squirrel, wearing a red crocheted hat.
Christmas Sleigh Centerpiece
A floral garland fills the sleigh with a harvest of red berries and green leaves. It looks like this cute little squirrel is stocking up for the winter. A male cardinal hitches a ride on the sleigh. All the red accents unify this design, while the pig provides a bit of whimsy.
Who will pull your sleigh and who will ride? Please let me know in the comments.
Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting!