How to Make a Fast Sled Out of Household Items




this instructable is about how to make a fast sled with simple items and in only 10 steps. this is great if you broke yours and all stores are out. I made this after my sleds couldn't handle my ramp after about 100 times and broke.

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Step 1: Materials

materials needed
1 black garbage bag
1 thick box
duct tape
colored duct tape (optional)
tools needed
exact-o knife

Step 2: Open Up Your Box

If your box is closed on one side then open it up. it should look like the picture above ( you don't need to cut it round, i started with it that way).

Step 3: Fold the Box

take your exact-o knife and cut the sides of the box (shorter sides) about half way through and of as close as the middle as possible. cut off the flaps on the sides with the scissors or exact-o knife. shove in on the sides that you have cut and push down on it.

Step 4: Tape It Together

1. pick which side will be the front
2. fold up the top flap in the front and tape it down
3. take the bottom flap in the front and pull it up to a 45 degree angle and tape it down so it will stay that way ( it needs to be able to handle a big hit).
4. tape the sides down tight

Step 5: Cut the Bag

Lay the bag on the ground and cut the sides and it should look like the picture above

Step 6: Fold the Bag Over the Back

put the sled on the bag (the middle of the bag should come right up to the tip of the sled). Fold the bag over the back of the sled and tape it down.

Step 7: Fold the Bag in the Sides

stuff the bag in the pockets and tape it down.

Step 8: Fold the Bag Over the Sled

fold the bag over the sled and tape it to the sides. You can cut the skirt or keep it on (i cut mine off)

Step 9: Tighten Up the Bottom

stretch out the bag on the bottom and tape it so it will stay (i did a bad job).

Step 10: Finalize

use the colored duct tape and decorate (optional). test out your sled and HAVE FUN!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice. You can check out for a map of local sledding hills, and also add hills to the map for others to locate and enjoy. Many sleds will thank you! :)

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    When I was a kid and first moved to the snow belt my first sled was made this way. I had forgotten all about it until I saw this.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    My mother-in-law works in an engineering office and gives me cast-off mylar drawings to use for various projects. I discovered during last year's SnowMG event that one of those makes a very effective sled. Just hold up the front over the knees and push off.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    the bag I used is VERY heavy duty and is holding up great. Also I put canola oil and i forgot to put that in my instructable. thanks for the tips and this is my first instructable so sorry for any mistakes.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    a lot of plastic trash bags are really thin and will rip quickly, heavy duty bags would be ok for awhile, heavy construction plastic would be even better. Back in the day... like the 60's and 70's we would either use just plain cardboard or occasionally rub the cardboard with carwax to help it repel moisture. Thank you for the chance to take a trip down memory lane..

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Heh my parents used to use pizza boxes, back when they were made out of wax-coated cardboard on the outside. They would shred after a few runs, but were cheap (or free, if dumpster-dived...) and smelled delicious...I've tried it a few times, but modern boxes don't hold up well enough...

    kbbb1155, if you can find it cheaply or free, plastic drop-cloths (used by painters) and slick vinyl make fantastic sleds, too. These materials are quite durable and very slippery...speed boost, anyone?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    check this video out this sleds are insane

    enjoy it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I was at the snow once and next to the ski run a lodge was selling one its apartments. there was 80cm X 120 cm coroplast realestate (realty) sign out front nailed to post. it came off in seconds and I was 300meters away a few seconds later.

    cool structable, brought back memories.

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