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This non-traditional Christmas tree made from a wooden ladder and pine wood planks is the perfect way to decorate for the holidays if you, A) can't have real trees in your apartment, or, 2) you or your loved one is a big fan of hardware stores.

It simple to make and something that you can use again and again. Not to mention the fact that you can keep using the ladder all year round!

*All you music lovers out there should check out my Vinyl Record Holiday Tree!

Step 1: Supplies

Materials:

- (1x) 6' wooden ladder
- (3x) 1" x 12" x 6' pine boards
- (1 or 2x) 1" x 12" x 4' or one more 6' board*
- an assortment of different thickness wood scraps (from 1/8" - 3/4")**
- 1 quart of white water-based latex paint
- 1 quart of green water-based latex paint
- 1 mixing bucket
- blue painter's tape
- 320 grit sand paper
- stir stick
- measuring spoon or dropper
- paint brush
- craft paper to paint boards on
- wood glue
- string or twine

*This is extra wood just in case a cutting error is made. It's always better to have extra.
**These are for Step 5

Tools:

- hand saw
- chop saw
- table saw
- measuring tape
- sanding block
- carpenter's square
- level
- pencil

<p>Cool idea..A multipurpose use.</p>
<p>This would be great for an affordable second hand discount retail shop &quot;bargain bin&quot; display! <br>Sadly however, I'm not sure the light is all-audiences appropriate. <br><br>I do like some of the tecniques for producing this project, however when marking the lines for the shelf stops (the strips under the shelfs that fit on either side of the rungs and rear supports of the ladder), might I suggest using a simple square, with the lip edge on the shelf and the straight edge finding the edge of the rung/support so your line will be more accurate - this will prevent the shelves from having slop/play. </p><p><br>Another suggestion I have is to use simple steel or aluminum dowel rod pins on the upper most shelves, through the shelf stops and the rung/support (just one each side) so as to prevent unbalanced structural failure when someone puts a cup of hot coffee on one side and someone else places a 25lb weight on the other end of the shelf, causing the coffee to go flying and the weight to fall on their foot...</p>
<p>Don't know that this will be my tree, but it has inspired me to make one for my cats. They could have their own tree that they would love to play on. What better gift for them?</p>
<p>Very neat idea, tree plus present storage. Now lets talk ladders, why not use an aluminum ladder? Doesn't anyone remember grandmas super shiny aluminum tree? I say go all out, aluminum ladder, wrap the boards in aluminum foil, and string some nuts and washers on some steel cable for garland. Yes that's a bit over the top, but seriously the genuineness of this idea is its customization .</p>
ace is the place, I agree. local small business as well
so very Kool. kuddos. ty, 4 sharing
<p>Great idea, but where do you find a wooden ladder? Have checked all the usual hardware places.....Lowes, Home Depot, Ace, etc. They don't carry anything except aluminum or fiberglass. </p>
<p>DianeE8 is right. Ace is the place! :)</p>
<p>Try Ace Hardware online, Ace does carry wooden ladders and will tell you which stores in your area have them. I got a 6' wood ladder at Ace yesterday for $60</p>
<p>Really love the idea and I'm seriously entertaining the thought of actually doing this. I would love to use chalk paint and stress the edges for a vintage look, and add small hooks so I could still hang a few ornaments.</p>
<p>This is great I saw your light 'ible the other day and thought a step ladder xmas tree would be good and ta da!</p><p>I also believe that the hierarchy in my house would mean kids gifts on the bottom shelf working up to me just above the star!</p><p>merry xmas</p>
<p>Haha, gift hierarchy. Love it!</p>
<p>Incredibly beautiful!</p>
<p>Thanks Carley! :)</p>

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