How to Make a Narnia Sledge

I am excited to show you how to make a Narnia Sledge. Construct and personalize one any size all on your own. Do you enjoy The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis? We read through the entire seven-book series as a family. One of our favorite scenes in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Edmund’s first encounter with the White Witch as she rides up in her grand sledge. So, I designed a Narnia Sledge with cardboard, paint, and fabric, incorporating paper mache, too. I made it just the right size for my daughter‘s dolls. It turned out pretty special. Let me share with you how I did it.

Materials for Narnia Sledge

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Newspaper or other thin paper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • White Paint
  • Fabric of Choice

 

Directions for Narnia Sledge

Using cardboard, design a seat base, high-back support, and two side pieces. You will have to play around with different shape and sizes until you get your desired scale. Since I knew It would be for my daughter’s dolls, I kept them on hand as I experimented with pattern size.

Cardboard pieces used to make the Narnia Sledge.

 

Attach the pieces together using masking tape, duct tape, or some other strong tape. Now it’s time to prepare the paper mache. I used just flour and water combined in a bowl. Tear pages of newspaper or other thin paper into strips. Dip the paper strips into the flour and water mixture. Place them on the sledge, wrapping here and there, smoothing out the strips as you go. Let it dry.  This will take at least overnight. Then, add another layer, repeating the same step. You can keep the flour and water mixture in the refrigerator. It is not necessary to make a fresh batch each day.

The Narnia Sledge with Paper Mache Strips.

 

Paint Narnia Sledge

The amount of paper strip layers you add will be determined by how thick and strong you want your structure to be. Next it will be time to paint your sledge. I used a basic white paint. You can use any color you choose. For the seat and back cushions, you will need 2 more squares of cardboard. Wrap your fabric pieces around the cardboard and secure with tape. I used a soft, lush red velvet-type fabric. But, once again, you can use any fabric or material available for this.

The Narnia Sledge with Red Velvet Cushions.

 

At this time, you are free to embellish your Narnia Sledge with sparkle paint, trims, gems, or beads. I have yet to do that, but I plan to do exactly that! For now, my daughter’s dolls are posing as Edmund and the White Witch sitting in her sledge with Edmund holding the Turkish Delight.

A scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis: Edmund visits Narnia by traveling through the wardrobe. He then meets the White Witch who asks him to come to her sledge. When there, she gives him Turkish Delight.

 

Narnia Sledge Conclusion

I should clarify that I am not affiliated with The Chronicles of Narnia in any way. This is a project I designed all on my own as a self-proclaimed Narnia enthusiast. Although on occasion, when I least expect it, I find myself visiting Narnia again. And, it is wonderful!

 

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