When my friends at Canadian Tire saw the colossal, rustic ladder I dragged into the lakehouse like a Morlock, they were inquisitive about where it came from:
"Okay, we give up."
"I found it stuffed under a building on my property (duh)."
It seemed totally normal to me to find random odds and sods, here and there on the property. My mother-in-law bought a rural place with an out-building packed full of dozens of men's suits, so a ladder is kind of a run-of-the-mill find. But the weathered wood was especially beautiful, so I heaved it inside for some holiday decorating. I've seen rustic ladders used for everything from magazine holders to a place to stash blankets. I decided my rustic would make the perfect display piece for some pretty ornaments. The ladder ended up in the videos I'll be sharing next week, and it looked so good on film.
If you can't find one under a building near you, you can easily find rustic-looking display ladders online, in varying heights and price points - like this beauty!
Holiday Decorating Idea: Use a Weathered Ladder to Display Ornaments
The execution of this idea took seconds: with the rustic display ladder placed firmly against the wall (you might want to consider securing with string and removable 3M wall hooks if there are kiddos and pups in the house), I just tied on various ornaments with sparkly teal ribbon. If I did this again, I'd really pack it full of ornaments but I wanted a spare, minimalist vibe.
Although Hubs and I referred to the ladder as "the janky ladder" (not sure why it needed such a specific name, when it was the only ladder we had propped up inside), I grew to love this thing. I liked the contrast of the sparkling ornaments and ribbon against the weathered wood, but, if I'm being honest, I grew pretty smitten with this ladder on its own. What is happening to me?!? I'm starting to really fall for weathered wood. Is there something in the water here? Someone help me - stage an intervention because every other string of words that comes out of my mouth seems to include "weathered wood," or "driftwood look" - discussed favorably, without fail.
Yup, the ladder stayed propped up long after the holiday stuff was packed up. How cute would this be for storing blankets and magazines within arm's reach? Here's are some of my favorite rustic ladders (made with genuine reclaimed wood) from Amazon: 4 ft Tall Authentic Barnwood Ladder (has a great weathered brown patina), this 4 ft Rustic Barnwood Ladder (which has a lovely light and airy patina), this taller 6 ft Decorative Ladder with Genuine Reclaimed Wood (it makes a great statement), or, for smaller space, this cute 3 ft Reclaimed Barnwood Ladder.
Holiday Decorating Idea: How to Create "Framed" Ornaments
Eager for more places to display ornaments, I also painted some thrift store frames and, using ribbon and a staple gun, created glittering works of "art" using sparkly ornaments.
To attach the ornaments (and to affix the ribbon from which the frame hung), I just used my trusty staple gun. I used 3M removable hooks to hang the frames on the wall temporarily, and created little bows to hide the hooks (you can buy pre-made bows if you're pressed for time). This was a seriously easy DIY holiday project.
|With a Bow...|
|Without a Bow...|
Here's a better shot of everything, including the ladder - what a giant, right? It got me thinking that, one day, building a really tall book case with a rolling ladder would be oodles of fun. Until I have to dust it.
This post was sponsored by Canadian Tire. I'm seriously having a ton of fun sharing these DIY projects with you and I hope you've been enjoying this steady stream of non-traditional holiday projects. Click here to see the rest of my DIY projects created with Canadian Tire - there is not a single evergreen tree among them!