Heading to Thredbo ski resort but don’t have a toboggan? You can always hire one for use at the Snow Play area or another idea is to make your own to do some joy riding on the slopes. To give you some inspiration here are some creative ideas for DIY snow worthy toboggans.

1. Make a toboggan sled out of old skis

[caption id="attachment_11857" align="alignnone" width="600"]snow sled Image source: Instructables[/caption] This lightweight model will have you zipping down the slopes and it’s apparently sturdier than it looks. Though with all those holes cut into it you might want to keep it for adult use. Get the tutorial here.

2. Recycle Old Skis into a DIY Sled

[caption id="attachment_11853" align="alignnone" width="600"]DIY toboggan Image source: Lifehacker[/caption] Another sled that utilises old skis is this plastic tub sled, which is more kid friendly. The design is great for going really fast and straight but if you want to turn it you might be out of luck. Get the tutorial here.

3. Modern Toboggan

[caption id="attachment_11858" align="alignnone" width="600"]Modern toboggan Image source: Homemade Modern[/caption] For something a bit more high-tech check out this modern toboggan which is a step up from skis and a tub. You can seriously test your DIY skills and get use out of your power tools with this one. Get the tutorial here.  

4. Toboggan from a plastic barrel

[caption id="attachment_11855" align="alignnone" width="600"]Homemade toboggan Image source: Instructables[/caption] This one is apparently fast to make and fast on the slopes, so you won’t be tinkering in your garage for days on end. The catch is though you need a 55 gallon plastic barrel, not an everyday item you can add to your shopping list. Get the tutorial here.

5. Snow Sled for Adventure Seeking Kids and Adults

[caption id="attachment_11861" align="alignnone" width="600"]Build a toboggan sled Image source: Built by kids[/caption] This one has a similar shape to the one above but is made completely from wood and you can fit quite a few family members on the finished toboggan. This wooden sled can handle deep snow as its broad smooth bottom simply glides over the crust. Get the tutorial here.

6. Do-It-Yourself Snow Sled

[caption id="attachment_11852" align="alignnone" width="600"]ski sled Image source: Built by kids[/caption] Designed with kids’ safety in mind, this toboggan can be made with whatever materials you have on hand. It sits up off the skis so as to minimise drag with the help of two sets of ‘risers’ which are screwed together with a hefty amount of metal. You’ll definitely need a power drill for this one! Get the tutorial here.

7. 10 minute homemade toboggan

[caption id="attachment_11856" align="alignnone" width="600"]fast homemade toboggan Image source: Instructables[/caption] Sometimes you can actually make a fast sled with simple household items and a few tools such as scissors and a knife. This garbage bag toboggan just might do the trick if you’re short on time. Get the tutorial here.

8, 9 & 10. More Homemade Toboggans

[caption id="attachment_11854" align="alignnone" width="600"]homemade toboggans Image source: Buzzfeed[/caption] If making toboggans out of household items is your thing then you’ll be interested in the findings of these ‘three dudes’ who put three different homemade sleds through their paces to see which one worked the best. For each one they tell you what materials they used and instructions and photos on how they built it. Get the tutorial here.

11. Easy homemade toboggan sled

[caption id="attachment_11859" align="alignnone" width="600"]DIY toboggan Image source: You Tube[/caption] Last but not least, this video guide shows you how to make a sturdy toboggan from wood and a plastic barrel. The video is around 24 minutes long so it provides very detailed instructions. You’ll need pretty good DIY skills for this one. Get the video tutorial here. We hope these DIY toboggans have stirred your creativity and you’re fired up to make your own for testing out in Thredbo. Happy sledding and stay safe!