We are back with another DIY! This rustic blanket ladder is the perfect weekend project. If you’re like me and wanting a simple solution to store your favorite cozy knits (that’s also super cute!), then this quick and easy DIY has your name all over it!
Now that the weather is cooler, I love having an extra spot to store blankets! (Plus, you know how much I feel about functional decor 😉 ) Mike and I were able to knock out this project in just under an hour (if you don’t count the dry time for the wood stain). Plus it was super cheap. Like under $15 CHEAP! To see how we did it, keep reading!
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We started out by cutting the boards at an angle so that the ladder would easily lean against a wall. I wanted the rungs to be round, so we used two dowel rods and cut them into four 1.5FT pieces. Then we layed out all of the pieces to get the spacing right, and marked the boards.
Since we were using dowels, Mike used a Forstner drill bit to create 4 circular inserts on the inside of each board. This made assembly super easy with each rung being able to fit snuggly into the insert.
Before assembling all of the pieces, a little bit of distressing was in order. 🙂 I grabbed the nearest hand tools and gave the boards a rustic, worn look by adding a few dents and scrapes. (A cheat sheet with my go-to techniques to get the BEST distressed look is coming to the blog soon! Stay tuned!)
Once it was banged up to my liking, we assembled the pieces making the rungs extra secure with lag bolts. This isn’t necessary (especially since this ladder will never actually be used for climbing), but I liked the added industrial look it gave to the finished product. After staining and sealing the wood with my go-to Minwax Dark Walnut and Wipe-On Poly, we were finished!
Adding Some Festive Flair
Now as much as I love how my new rustic ladder looked up against the white shiplap wall in our living room, that space is now where our Christmas tree sits. So I had to relocate it to our bedroom until after the holidays. But, guess what… I kiiiiiinda love it in there! Ok, I REALLY love it.
A miniature Christmas tree, some twinkle lights and my favorite cozy blankets added the perfect amount of festive flair! On a whim, I wrapped these micro LED string lights along the sides of the ladder and instantly fell in love with the look!
I grabbed my favorite chunky wool blanket and my new red buffalo check fringe throw and threw them over the first two rungs. To me, buffalo check is the perfect pattern for a woodsy holiday look. (In case you missed it, I rounded up all of my favorite buffalo check finds and shared them in this post!)
And to spread a little more Christmas cheer (Ok, you caught me, a lot more! 😉 ), I added this cute little Christmas tree I picked up at Michael’s during their Black Friday sale. I love that it is already adorned with mini lights! (Although Mike was quick to point out that they are not LED, oops! He may or may not be obsessed with LED…) They were sold out online so check your local Michael’s store, otherwise I found a similar one on Amazon for only $33!
Our bedroom is so much cozier with this festive little corner. And I love having a space to store a few extra blankets (especially since someone insists on the windows being open at night). If you’re looking for a simple DIY project to tackle on an upcoming weekend, make sure and download the Complete Step-by-Step guide (it’s FREE!). Don’t forget to add some twinkle! 🙂