Whimsical Santa Sleigh

This Target Dollar Spot Whimsical Santa Sleigh got a big makeover with just a little bit of tissue paper and ribbon!

I love the look of sleighs but I have to admit that in all my years of creating, I have never created one! When my mom grabbed this sleigh from the Target Dollar Spot, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to match my new whimsical Christmas decor.

Here is what you need to make your own Whimsical Santa Sleigh:

  • Wooden Santa Sleigh – this isn’t the one that I used but will work perfectly
  • Tissue or scrapbook paper – I got my paper from Sam’s Club but this link is the same paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Large White Pom Poms
  • White Pom Pom Ribbon
  • Coordinating ribbon

To start, I coat the entire outside of the sleigh with white paint. Applying the white paint first is going to make the colors in your tissue paper more vibrant. I did not paint the inside but you definitely can.

When your paint is dry, add a layer of mod podge and adhere tissue paper to one side. Complete that side, sanding the edges, before moving to the next.

Once all of your sides are mod podged, you can lay a piece of parchment paper over the tissue paper and iron lightly. This is going to remove any bubbles or creases that may have popped up.

Now for the fun part! Embellishing and making it come to life! I was going for a whimsical look and so I added some larger white pom poms to the top of the sleigh. These were about the size of cotton balls so if you have those on hand, they will work perfectly.

Next, you’re going to take your coordinating ribbon and make a scrappy bow. These are the bows I make all the time and they turn out perfect every time!

I chose to use a turquoise, red and white to match my new decor this year!

Simply cut the ribbon to size and layer, cross crossing each layer. Tie it all together with a piece of twine or a zip tie and trim the ends.

Once you have your pretty created, adhere it to the sleigh.


As you can tell, this Whimsical Santa Sleigh fits perfectly on my mantle. You can even see the Layered Christmas Trees that we did peeking through!

I think every house that celebrates Christmas needs one of these! Just think of all the things you can fill it with.

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