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DIY $6 Decorative Ladder

dECO LADDER

This decorative DIY is an inexpensive way to add a subtle touch of farmhouse charm with very little effort or time.

farmhouse ladder decor

This project was fast and easy to do, it took very little time to complete and the finished product is so pretty. It gives off that Farmhouse vibe and is a great accent piece to any room in a home. If you choose to make this an outdoor garden piece; follow the same steps but use plastic framing, this wil allow it to hold up to weather conditions.

what you will need

For this crafty project you will need:

  • Three glass bottles with thin necks (these are from Dollar Tree)
  • Three Bushes of Lavender or your choice of flowers
  • One bottle of stain (I used an oak gel stain)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Twine
  • Staple Gun
  • Four Canvas (or wood Frames)
  • Craft plier
  • Small paint brush
detach staples

To begin this project start by using your crafting pliers to remove the staples from the back of each canvas. I chose canvas instead of frames because the framing is a bit more sturdy and cost efficient. Compared to $1 per frame at dollar tree, a pack of 10 in the 8×10 size canvas cost $6.99 @Michaels with a coupon which comes to about .70 cents per canvas.

paint framing

Once your canvas is removed and your frames are completely exposed, stain the front and back of each frame with gel stain. You can also paint them using your choice of paint color.

removing one end of frme

Using your pliers remove one of the shorter sides from two of the four canvas frames and any clips sticking out from the edges. The two frames that are left with three sides will be used at the top and bottom of the decorative ladder.

hotglue all framing

After the gel stain has completely dried to all four frames begin attaching all of them using a hot glue gun and leave the open edged frames for last attaching one at the top and one at bottom.

staple

To secure the frames together use a staple gun. Staple in the back attaching two of the frames together, and stapling three across. Adding this extra step will give your ladder additional support once the weight of the other items are added on.

cut twine

Cut three same size pieces of twine long enough to fit around the neck of each bottle and to go around both frames as well as giving it some extra length, allowing bottles to hang loosely inside each of the frames but not touching the frame beneath.

tie twine around bottle

Tie the twine around the neck and make a knot, once knotted you can begin tying both strands to the back of two of the attached frames, and continuing until all three are securely tied to the frames.

tie to framing

One strand of twine should go over the top of two attached frames and the other strand under allowing both strands to meet in the middle, then secure it by tying a double knot in the back. Do this with each bottle in a zigzag method this will give the ladder even distribution of weight and looks better when displayed. For example, one should be tied to the left and the next tied on the right and the last on the left)

cut excess floral stems

Using crafting pliers cut off the excess flower stems so that the floral arrangement fits securely into each of the vase bottles.

place on bush per bottle

Add your choice of floral arrangements to each of the vase bottles. For this project I used lavender but you can choose any of your favorite flowers. I think sunflowers would also look amazing!!

farmhouse ladder decor

Here is what the decorative farmhouse ladder looks like when it was completed. I absolutely love with how delicate it looks and how it looks in my home. I will DIY an outdoor one soon… I Hope you enjoy this creative, sweet little piece in your home as much as I do!!

DIY Deco Ladder

dECO LADDER

DIY Farmhouse Decorative Ladder

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Very Easy

Materials

  • Three glass bottles with thin necks (these are from Dollar Tree)
  • Three Bushes of Lavender or your choice of flowers
  • One bottle of stain (I used an oak gel stain)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Twine
  • Staple Gun
  • Four Canvas (or wood Frames)
  • Craft plier
  • Small paint brush

Tools

  • Glue Gun
  • Pliers
  • Staple Gun
  • Paint Brush

Instructions

  1. Separate Canvas from wooden frame, using pliers
  2. From only two of the four canvas, remove one of the shorter sides of the frame using pliers leaving two of the frames; three sided
  3. Gel stain or paint frames front, back and sides.-let dry
  4. Hot glue all of the frames together, leaving the two with open framing for the top and bottom of the ladder
  5. Secure ladder additionally, by using a staple gun in the back, securing two frames at a time stapling from one side to the other, I used three staples per row.
  6. Once framing is secured, cut three strands of jute, with enough length to go around the neck of the bottle, and around the back of two frames, cut a little extra jute to allow for hanging,
  7. Start tying jute around the neck of the decorative bottle and lap one piece of jute over the top of two frames and one coming up from the bottom, then double tie then together in the back of each securing them tightly.
  8. Repeat step 7 in a zigzag pattern, one tied to left next tied to right and last to left.
  9. Add your choice of flowers to finish off the project

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