Duck Tape Sleds!

Final Sleds

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:

01 supplies

  • Small Standard Size Moving Box (16″ X 12″ X 12″)
  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape (various colors and prints help make great custom designs)

02 Box diagram

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.

03 front of sled

Wrap the front of the cardboard completely with the tape being sure to overlap the seam between what is the front and the bottom.

04 bottom of sled

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! 🙂 

05 Finished Sled

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. 

Final Sledding Collage

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.


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  1. says

    Hey Melanie,
    Thank you so much for posting this. We live in Georgia and sledding opportunities come few and far between. We just had a whopping 2 inches – woohoo! Needless to say, we don’t own a proper sled. I tried making some makeshift sleds this morning out of various lids; to no avail. Some how I found your blog, did your design and my kids were off to the races. You saved the day. Thank you so much for posting this.

    • Nick says

      Your the man Devin. Lololol I’ve been telling my girlfriend for a long time now there’s no suck thing as Duck tape lol She says the gray tape in the garage you know. No. I dontttt lololol

      • Nick says

        Not to step on you Melanie Is a great idea. Hopefully we get some snow here in nyc sometime soon. will certainly give it a try. Thnx

        • BobbieJo says

          I find it humorous that you are making fun because you fail to realize that Duck brand duct tape exists. Lol! Thanks for the chuckle.

          Awesome idea Melanie!

  2. says

    This is so ingenious! I’ve never seen anything like it. (And I spend way more time than I should on Pinterest so for me to find a unique idea is saying something, lol!)


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