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Wooden Moose and Sleigh Advent Calender

If you like using a scroll saw then maybe you would like to try this project. This wooden Christmas moose decoration has a sleigh full of presents and is made to serve as an Advent calender, but can be used as a Christmas decoration for the window sill or under the tree as well. The sleigh is a slight challenge to assemble but worth the effort.



Wooden Moose and Sleight Advent Calendar

For this project you will need:

- 18 mm thick pine wood for the moose and his base
- 10 mm thick plywood for the sleigh parts
- 8 mm thick round dowel for the sleigh bar
- acrylic paint in red, dark brown, black, white and gold
- red cording for the reigns
- wood glue
- scroll saw
- hand drill with 3.2 mm and 8 mm bits
- 4 wood screws measuring 35 mm x 3.5 cm
- small thin nails
- sandpaper or sanding block
- pencil and pattern

Craft Patterns:

Moose 100

Moose Pattern


Sleigh Pattern






1. The moose height measures 42 cm and the sleigh has a measurement of of 17 cm x 30 cm. Print the patterns out. The sleigh pattern fits on one sheet of typing paper but the moose may need to be enlarged at a copy shop. Once you have the appropriate sizes, transfer the patterns onto the wood.
2. For the sled you will need 2 more pieces. 1 measures 12 cm x 16 cm (the sled floor) and another measures 12 cm x 8 cm (the back). Saw these pieces also out of the 1cm thick plywood. For the moose base you will need an extra piece of 18 mm wood that measures 6 cm x 23 cm x 18 mm.
3. Saw all of the pieces out and sand them.
4, Mix red and brown paint so that the paint is a dark reddish color. Paint all of the pieces with this color except for the moose antlers.
5. The antlers first get painted in dark brown and once dry, paint gold over this color.
6. Once all of the pieces are dry, use the black paint and paint the hoofs, nose and eye. When dry, dot white color in the eye and let dry.
7. Dry brush all of the edges now with dark brown except for the sleigh runners. Dry brush them with gold to give it a look of metal.
8. Once all of the pieces are dry, you can assemble the moose. Drill a hole in the bottom of the front moose foot and set the moose on the base. Mark on the base approximately where this hole is and also drill a hole in the base on this mark. Do the same for the back foot. Once all of the holes are drilled, screw the moose onto the base.
9. Lay both sled pieces on each other and drill a 8 mm hole in the front. This is where the bar will be inserted.
10. For the sled assembly, you will first glue the back piece onto the floor piece along the 12 cm side. Where the glue is holding the pieces together, you can also secure this connection with small nails that you hammer into the wood from the underside of the floor piece. Your piece will resemble a “L” when looked at from the side.
11. Then you will glue the floor/back piece between the 2 side pieces along the 16 cm side. Where the glue is holding the pieces together, you can also secure these places with small thin nails that get hammered from the outside of the sled. If you like, paint a small bit over these nails with the color used for the sled so the nails are not so noticable.
12. Measure the wooden dowel to fit between the 2 holes and saw this piece out. Paint the dowel with the red/brown mixture and let dry. Once dry, insert it between the 2 holes and secure with glue if you like.
13. Dry brush the dowel with gold if desired.
14. You can now decorate the moose and sled as you like. You can attach a reign connecting the 2 pieces, you can give the moose a “blanket” for his back and you can hang small presents onto the moose and fill the sled with small presents or maybe even a small poinsettia plant.

Illustrated Craft Tutorials:

Transferring Patterns Onto Wood Tutorial

How to Make Patterns and Permanent Templates

Drybrushing Tutorial

How to Dry Brush Wood

Scrollsaw Tutorial

How to Saw Wood Out Using a Scroll Saw




Wooden Moose and Sleigh Advent Calendar 2
Mr. Moose

Wooden Moose and Sleigh Advent Calendar 3
Sleigh with gifts


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