We happened to have a real snow day not long ago in Seattle. Coming from Southern California, we aren’t quite winterized yet including having sleds for the kids. We decided we couldn’t let our daughters miss out on all the snowy fun so we would make our own sleds using Duck Tape and cardboard moving boxes.
Here’s what you need:
- Small Standard Size Moving Box (16″ X 12″ X 12″)
- Duck Tape (various colors and prints help make great custom designs)
Begin by opening your box and trimming the sides off. Next fold the front in half to double it up. Tape the sides of the doubled area and then cut out a slot that is large enough to fit your kids gloves or mittens into. Keep it close to the top, but not too close, or you will loose all of the strength of the cardboard and rip it. If you do cut it close don’t worry. You will just have to wrap it a few more times with Duck Tape.
Wrap the front of the cardboard completely with the tape being sure to overlap the seam between what is the front and the bottom.
Next, cover the top and bottom of the cardboard. Be sure to cover it well so water doesn’t get into the cardboard. Be sure to run the tape lengthwise for maximum speed potential!
That’s It. It only took about 10 minutes per sled, and my daughters chose their own colors and have their initials too (not that we couldn’t tell who’s was who’s.) My girls had a great time helping and designing their sleds. The other thing is these sleds fold up and are nice and compact, so we can take them anywhere. A few days later we went up into the mountains and we took the sleds along for their second use.
We have found the sleds to work extremely well, especially in icy conditions but they worked great in the slushy snow as you can see in the photos. The Duck tape Sleds we made are quite durable and very convenient… just don’t count on your kids to break any downhill speed records with them, but they will still have a great time.