I've really been enjoying all of this fall DIY stuff. There is something so satisfying and therapeutic about the whole process, AND the weekend was gorgeous so I pretty much spent my time outside crafting - well, and a little pizza, halloween party, bonfire-ing, AND BINGING STRANGER THINGS 2 - it was perfect.
Guys, I don't know why I wasn't excited about Stranger Things 2 because I should have been. I liked the first season, I think I just remembered how much it stressed me out because I get scared easily... but it's SUCH a good show and I really think the second season was wayyyy better than the first, it was so. good. So definitely recommend if you haven't seen it!
Anyway, what are you up to for Halloween tonight? Passing out candy/partying/taking your kiddos treak-or-treating? I want ALL THE CANDY!!
Hope everyone has a great night! Here's my DIY Blanket Ladder 🙂
DIY BLANKET LADDER
*I found the plans for this Blanket Ladder from Cherished Bliss, however we did a few things differently and I recommend making it even a little differently than we did!*
It was really easy to make and a lot of fun! I'll share my recommendations for the changes in parenthesis below 🙂
- (2) 2x4's at 6ft. for ladder legs (Sam helped me cut them but if you don't have a table saw then just get the guys at Home Depot to do it for you! ALSO RECOMMEND using (2) 1x4's at 6ft instead because the 1x4's generally have more character and are less boxy looking).
- (4) 1x4's at 20in. for ladder steps (We bought one really long 1x4 at home depot and cut it into four 20in planks, find some that have some good grooves and characteristics).
- 2 inch screws (I used 2 inch deck screws because that's what we had in Sam's tool shed, and they worked! But you can use 2 inch wood screws or 2 inch nails, however if you're doing 1X4's for the legs instead of 2x4's then you'll need to use smaller screws/nails).
- Hammer / Screwdriver
- Sander / Sandpaper
- Wood Stain, 1/2 pint, Special Walnut
- Stain Brush (I just used a regular 99cent brush from Home Depot).
- Shellac (I used a Clear Protective Enamel Spray).
- Drop Cloth (If you're doing it somewhere you don't want stain to drip, but I did mine outside on our gravel drive on top of two buckets, so I didn't use/need one).
- Cut your wood, and assemble your (4) 20" planks as so:
- (First one) 8inches from the top
- (Second one) 11 inches from the bottom of the first one
- (Third one) 11 inches from the bottom of the second one and
- (Fourth one) 11 inches from the bottom of the third one & 16 inches from the bottom of the ladder to the bottom of the last plank
- You can find a diagram for this on Cherished Bliss.
- Nail/Screw the boards together
- Sand the ladder to your liking, rounding edges and smoothing surfaces
- Apply one coat of Special Walnut Stain
- Spray with clear enamel coating/paint with shellac
- Let dry and set before adding blankets - I'd give it a day!