A modern symbol of Christmas, Santa’s sleigh is bursting with abundance, goodies and gifts, making for a really festive and exciting looking centrepiece. The sleigh functions as a container, so you can experiment with what you place inside, to change the look of the decoration. It is easy to adapt this to something natural and rustic, playful and kitsch, or really glitzy. You can make a Santa’s sleigh centrepiece with card, so it is an ideal project for children to get stuck into, making sure of adult supervision for cutting out shapes.
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Things you need
- Rectangular box without a lid
- Two long pieces of strong card
- Craft knife
- Cutting board
- Set of poster paints
- Craft glue
- Items to fill the sleigh with
Choose a rectangular box of the right size for the base of your centrepiece.
Draw the sides of the sleigh on two pieces of strong card. These will go on either side of the box, so the card needs to be a little bit longer than this. You also need to make sure that you have two opposing sides.
Source a photograph or image of Santa’s sleigh online if you are unsure about how to draw this. You could copy the drawing or print out an image to trace. Each side should be a mirror image of the other.
Paint or colour in the sides of the sleigh, then cut them out carefully.
Measure the sides of the sleigh against the box by placing them on without sticking them. Santa’s sleigh is higher at one end, so the sides of the box will need to be cut down at the front to fit the card pieces, and form the sledge shape.
Mark the box edges against the card pieces with a pencil, then trim the edge down to the right shape.
Paint the box in a colour that suits the sleigh. You might have a red box to go with a bright cartoon inspired sleigh, or paint it brown for a wood effect.
Glue the sides of the sleigh to the box once all the paint is dry.
Fill Santa’s sleigh with the essential items for the centrepiece. The only limits are your imagination. The design may reflect the overall design of the table or room. Santa’s sleigh might be full of little parcels, which could be actual gifts for guests, or just wrapped and ribboned boxes. Or you could make a large rustic display with pine cones and holly.
Tips and warnings
- Filling Santa’s sleigh is an important part of the centrepiece. For a really lavish table, arrange the contents to spill out and scatter around the outside. This works really well with small baubles, chocolates or strings of fairy lights.
- If you have sprayed branches, flowers, holly or mistletoe, place a large piece of florist’s oasis in the bottom of the sleigh then push them in to hold the arrangement. Then decorate with cones, berries or fresh winter blooms.
- For a really glamorous centrepiece, use a bright graphic image or photograph of each side of the sleigh, printed on glossy photo paper. Cut this out and mount it on foam board before attaching to your box.
- Other items that could be part of an eclectic display include Christmas crackers, kitsch Santa and elf figures, glitter and chocolate coins.
- For a longer centrepiece, use an image complete with Santa’s reindeer. This might feature Rudolph with a red nose, or be part of a traditional Christmas display complete with spray-on snow and wooden figurines.
- Cover surfaces in the home to protect them from glue and paint, and always use a cutting board with craft knives.
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