IKEA Christmas Train Hack

I’ve been looking for a Christmas train for approximately 5 years. When Lach was a toddler, we bought a plastic one that was about $80, which broke literally within 1 hour of setting it up. To be fair, Lachy probably broke it. But it was so plasticky that I wasn’t too devastated.

I just wanted a plain, wooden, style Christmas train - not a heap of plastic junk or something that would cost me one of my organs.

So, I followed the advice of a wise internet meme and stopped waiting for the light at the end of the tunnel - I lit that bitch up myself 🙌🏻

This is much cheaper than a store bought train (total cost $47) and more fun 💫

n e e d e d : 

From IKEA:

From @kmartaus:


  • Glue gun
  • Optional: decal stickers. These aren’t necessary! But I made a few very small stickers, including 2 of each: “The Reindeer Express”, “Nice”, “Naughty” using my Cricut Maker machine.

*Note that supplier prices listed may differ from the time this article was published.


This is the original the IKEA Train Set and Locomotive:



Here is my "hacked" Christmas train:


S T E P S  T O  F O L L O W : 

Click/swipe through the reel for the how-to: