This mini DIY farmhouse ladder is the perfect thing to bring a little farmhouse style to any area of your home or your porch. A great DIY project for fall decorating!
I’ve seen quite a few tutorials floating around for how to make a DIY farmhouse ladder for your home very inexpensively (like for $10 or $20) and I just had to share this little project with you here today – because it was free! This mini ladder is a great quick-fix way to bring a little rustic farmhouse style to any area of your home and I loved Chris’ clever idea for where to get the wood for this super easy project.
The great thing about this solution is that you don’t even need to make too many cuts to your wood when you make your mini ladder this way!
The Wood for the DIY Farmhouse Ladder
Chris noticed that when wood is shipped to the store, they use little spacers to keep everything straight and dry during the shipping process. Depending on your home improvement store, they may recycle these little wood pieces for profit, but there’s a good chance that these pieces will just be trash. It’s definitely worth it to ask if you might be able to take a few of these little spacer pieces to use on a project, especially if you’re at your hardware store multiple times a day like we are and they know you well. 🙂 You’ll only need about 4 pieces for this project.
How to Make the Mini DIY Farmhouse Ladder
To assemble the ladder, take your four pieces of recycled spacer wood and give them a good look. The pieces will probably be about 42″ because that’s how wide the skids are that the wood is shipped on. Use the two thinnest pieces as your two outside pieces, and cut down your two thickest pieces to create the steps of your ladder.
You want to use the thickest pieces as the steps because they’ll be the easiest to drive a nail into without splitting the wood. One nail on each side for each step will be just fine because this ladder is just for looks, it won’t be holding any weight. Keep it simple! 🙂
Where to Use Your Mini DIY Farmhouse Ladder
I already have a full-size ladder that I use in our living room for things like hanging blankets and stockings at Christmastime, but honestly when you’re a fan of farmhouse style, another rustic ladder always comes in handy! I’m using mine this fall on our new side porch to add a little extra interest in between some of our late summer plants and flowers. Here are some ideas for other places to use this ladder:
- Hanging on a wall as wall decor
- Leaning against the wall on a console table to display a wreath
- As a mini book or magazine rack
- To hold hand towels in the bathroom
- As a trellis in your garden
Where would you use a mini ladder like this?
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