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 February 12, 2014  Posted by  At Home, DIY, Family
kids sledding

If you’re in the south, or another place where snow is a rarity, you may find yourself in a conundrum the next few days. Lots of snow, no sled. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few with a store-bought sled. You’ll be the envy of the sledding hill crowd this snow day. But if not, don’t despair. There’s a long tradition in the south of makeshift sleds. In fact, I’d argue that sleds repurposed or created from household materials are the traditional sleds for snow days in the south. Read this list and then look around your house. I bet you’ll find a sled. I can’t vouch for the effectiveness or safety of these techniques. Use your judgment. Keep in mind that anything you repurpose for a sled will probably get ruined and no longer be able to serve its original purpose. But it’s worth it, right? What have you used as a makeshift sled? Leave a comment! (Also, make sure you’re sledding on a hill that’s not crowded, and without obstacles like trees and rocks. These sleds can’t be steered.)

  1. Fast constructed sled: This Instructables page shows how to make a fast sled from a cardboard box, a trashbag and (of course) duct tape.
  2. Cookie Sheet
  3. Lid from plastic container
  4. Boogie board
  5. Baby tub
  6. Cushions from outdoor furniture
  7. Tarp (especially if the snow is icy and hard)
  8. Inner tubes
  9. Dog bed. Ask your dog first, and then wrap it in a trash bag with duct tape.
  10. Shower curtain
  11. Trash can lids (not the roll-out kind, obviously; you can’t tear those up)
  12. The old standby: cafeteria tray. Although you might not have one in your house.
  13. Trash bags. Here is an informative WikiHow article on how to sled with trash bags. (Bring spares.)
  14. Inflated baby pool
  15. Sleeping bag
  16. Air mattress. Below you’ll se a video of some people who made a sled from an air mattress and pantyhose.
  17. Yoga mat

This post originally appeared on Charlotte on the Cheap.

Jody Mace

Jody Mace is a freelance writer who has written for publications like O Magazine, Washington Post, and Parents. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two teenaged kids. Her colleagues are dogs named Harlow and Shaggy. She publishes Charlotte on the Cheap and takes the “cheap” seriously. For fun she plays mandolin and browses at her local Goodwill Store, where she is “Foursquare Mayor,” as long as that Russell G. doesn’t steal it from her again. You can see her celebration of thrift store finds at Thrift Wrecks.

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