How to make DIY decorative skis for from a picket fence picket
I’m back today to show you how I made the decorative skis on my ski lodge inspired Christmas mantel!
Did you guess what they were made from? If you have been following my blog you know last summer I picked up a truckload picket fence pieces free off marketplace. I have done lots of projects with them including making a picket gate backdrop for my fall mantel last year, I made some decorative backdrop pieces I used outside on my porch for fall, I used them on my Christmas porch last year too, and made twin headboards out of 2 sections too! I still have a few more loose pickets and when I was planning my Christmas decor and knew it would be ski-themed, I realized I could make some DIY decorative skis with 2 of the pickets. If you don’t have a truck of picket fence pieces sitting around like me , you can buy individual fence pickets at Home Depot for just a few dollars.
I just took 2 pickets and cut about 6 inches off both ends. I did a quick coat of fresh white paint on the front but didn’t even bother with the back. Then I crossed them over each other and secured it from the back with a screw.
To add some extra design to it I taped off some simple stripes and use some red paint I had on hand to paint some stripes on the top.
I added a small wreath from my decor stash on the front to finish the look and I had a set of DIY skis for free to use to decorate! I’m making another set too to use either on the porch or in the corner of another room and I won’t cut anything off the bottom of the pickets. I just had to trim these to be a bit smaller to fit the mantel/hearth space.
They added so much to my decor this year and you can’t beat free and just a few minutes of time! I love them paired with my dad’s vintage minnow bucket and my favorite inexpensive trees that I LOVE (I own at least 3 of them and seriously want more!)
What would you make with a truckload of picket fence pieces? I’m trying to think of at least one more project I can do with them. 🙂