Dec 3, 2009

Outdoor Christmas Decor ~ A Red Sled & Skates ~


CHRISTMAS
Christmas is coming,
the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny in an old man’s hat;
If you haven’t got a penny a ha’penny will do,
If you haven’t got a ha’penny,
God bless you.
Mother Goose

I was in my garage looking for a lost earring, when I ran across an old American Flyer red sled and a pair of ice skates. I thought hum, this will do nicely! I went inside, and found my stash of holiday goodies to dress it up. I made a swag by adding a bit of greenery, tied a sassy bow, and threw in two over sized pine cones. VOILA, magically it was transformed into Outdoor Christmas Décor!

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated

"It's not cheap it's inexpensive."
Words of wisdom from my Dad.


I used paper wrapping ribbon to tie the greenery and bow to the sled. Above is the back side view.

Two different colored ribbons were used for this project, Since I assembled my sled previously, I created a second swag to demonstrate how I made it.

These scissors from the Dollar Store are worth every penny!


Cut two pieces of garland and double them up. Place on top of each other to make one full piece. I simply twisted them together to hold them in place.

Create the bows...simple for those who already know how, but for those that don't here are a few instructions. Tip: Use wire ribbon, because it holds it's shape.

Start by making a loop.


Twist the ribbon around so the finish side ends up on top. Keep repeating this until you have as many loops as you need.



Make each layer of the loops larger as you go along.


When finished, tie the bow with a piece of ribbon, and keep the ends long.
Make a second bow in a different color, then sandwich the two together.

Tie the bow to the garland with a knot in back.


Flip the garland over, shape, fluff and fan out the bows. I added bells for interest. On my sled I added pine cones. To attach the pine cones I used paper ribbon and threaded it under the pine cone's scales, then attached it to the garland.

Since I now have two swags, this one will look nice hanging from a door, but I sure wish that missing earring would turn up!



Posted To:
The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday.
Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Funky Junk for Saturday Night Special

31 comments:

  1. I love it. Especially the skates! This looks like winter and Christmas! Serendipity is sweet!

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  2. The sleigh and the skates are just so pretty and such a perfect decoration for the Holidays. Love the bow tutorial too. Hope to see you tomorrow at the Cloche Party. I will have Mr. Linky up tonight. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I was just telling my husband that I wish we had an old sled! And you had one hidden in your garage???!
    Love it!
    Rhonda

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  4. I've seen both sleds & skates at thrift stores for good prices!!!

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  5. Looks wonderful Cathy.

    When I saw this, it reminded me I need to add my sled and skates to the front porch. It took awhile to find the skates, but I finally did at a charity thrift store, last year. I was so happy!

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  6. How wonderful idea , thanks for you photos and ideas :)
    Wilhelmiina from kotiliesi Finland

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  7. Thank you -Ilove it and happen to have evry single item needed to put together my own sled! Thanks again!

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  8. Cathy....Pretty and inexpensive idea! I use a miniature sled after the holidays that I decorate with a snowman for the month of January...I just hang it on the outside by the front door.~Patti

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  9. This is beautiful! Serendipity indeed!

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  10. How pretty!! I have looked for ice skates for years at Flea Markets and antique stores. So far, no luck, but I am still hunting!!

    It doesn't help that I live in the deep south. Not much call for ice skates down here! lol

    Have a Great One!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  11. I don't know, Cathy ~ a little bit of garland, some wire ribbon ~ I think you could just make a new pair of earrings! : ) This looks great and its a perfect display for this time of year. Serendipitous, indeed!

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  12. Ha, Ha Kathy,
    That's probably true!

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  13. If you make the earrings I would like a tutorial. Including pictures of you modeling them.

    Loved this project, stress free!
    Lee

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  14. I love this! I have been putting off going to my 'junk store' to get an old sled- you've inspired me to GET moving!!! Those skates are a wonderful touch. Great job!

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  15. I love this Cathy! I have a sled myself, and I love how you displayed yours!
    The addition of the ice skates is such a great touch as well, Thank you for inspiring me to jazz mine up!!

    Hugs,
    Sherri:)

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  16. Sorry you lost your earring, but look what it led to! Kudos for such a fabulous display.

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  17. So beautiful Cathy! What a great entryway piece :) I alas have no need for sleds in my part of the country ha ha.. but the swag would be lovely on the front door in place of a wreath!

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  18. I am getting a great preview of what your
    home will look like during the Christmas
    holidays.........now about thst earring,
    could jewerly tutorials not be far behind???
    Hugs, Mykele

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  19. Very nice! I sure wish I still had my sister and I's sleds from when we were kids... they looked just like that! :)

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  20. Beautiful- thanks for the step by step-
    Have a wonderful Christmas

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  21. pk @ Room Remix
    Your entry looks so welcoming with the sled there. You did a great job on the swag too! Have a great weekend...

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  22. The sleigh and skate vignette is adorable! What a nice unique entry you have!

    Thanks for linking up!

    FJ Donna

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  23. This looks great. I have my husband's old sled down in our basement..I think it is going to make an appearance for Christmas decorating this year. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Jane

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  24. I miss the sled days (we're in FL now). As always, a fabulous demo.
    @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

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  25. Wow...what a pretty Christmas decoration! And your bows are excellent! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

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  26. So classic - looks wonderful! Happy Holidays!

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  27. I LOVE this arrangement! So classic, it reminds me of Childhood Christmas's. TFS! ~Lisa

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  28. Super cute. I love decorating with old sleds.

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  29. HONEY I'M HOME....HAHAHA
    I JUST GOT ALITTLE TIME TO CATCH UP ON YOUR POSTS.......
    I THINK I WILL STAND AT MY KITCHEN DOOR AND THROUGH A EARRING.....I MAY NOT FINE IT BUT THERE IS LOTS AND LOTS OF "IMPORTANT" THINGS OUT THERE THAT I CAN MAKE LOOK EXPENSIVE AND ELEGANT.
    I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE A PRETTY BOW....MY FINGERS ARE SHORT AND IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT BUT I THINK I CAN DO IT.
    THE SLEIGH IS SO ELEGANT....I LOVE ALL THE LOVELY TEXTURES.
    WELL ON TO THE NEXT POST
    HUGS AND BLESSINGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  30. Hi, I found a vintage sled (at the dump!!!) recently and want to decorate it for Christmas. I just did a Google search for "how to decorate a sled for Christmas" and your blog popped up - love your blog! May I have permission to lift a pic and link to your blog, on a blog post I'm putting together about ways to decorate a sled? Thanks,

    Mary @ Redo 101
    http://Redo101.blogspot.com

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Cathy