Interiors

Plant Ladder

Dear people, I am now fully enjoying the spring weather greeting me almost every morning when I wake up. It’s astonishing how brighter a day can become in your mind when the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Most people are friendlier, and even the cashier smiles at you when you wish her a good day (they mostly do when you say that, even when it’s raining). But springtime also reminds me that now that I have a roomier apartment with a balcony I can use that space for sunbathing/reading/barbecue and not only for storage (of empties, paper trash and beer crates) and drying my laundry.

To be honest, my balcony was the last thing I thought about when planning to furnish/decorate my new apartment (shame on me!), so it’s basically a crowded space right now, although it has the perfect direction towards the afternoon/evening sun. And with the sun and the rising temperatures making me long for more time outside and around some nice flowers it was about time that I did something about this. Lucky for me Otto Versand approached me for one of their DIY roundups on the subject of garden and balcony DIY, so I was literally forced to do something! Check out their collection of DIYs to find even more inspiration.

You need:

  • 5 round wood bars (length 50cm)
  • 12 round wood bars (length 20cm)
  • 10 copper T-pieces
  • 4 copper end caps
  • 3 S-hooks
  • 3 large cans
  • Copper spray paint for metal
  • Opening spike for cans
  • Joint adhesive
  • Flowers
  • (Optional): String of lights

ladder-1It’s really simple: Take one of the short round wood bars and apply some joint adhesive at the tip, then attach one copper T-piece (as seen on the picture).

ladder-2Prepare another, now long round wood bar with adhesive and attach it to the T-piece at an angle of 90 degrees. Add another T-piece at the other side of the long bar and attach another short bar to the same T-piece (at 90°). You now have your first step! Let it dry thoroughly, and in the meantime repeat this step with the other round wood bars and T-pieces so you have 5 steps in the end. Attach the last two round wood bars to one of the steps, then bring the steps together. Apply the end caps with joint adhesive on each end of the ladder.

ladder-3Now for the cans! Empty each can (you can use the contents for a nice dinner/dessert depending on the choice of food you made here) and remove the labels, then clean the inside. With your opening spike carefully punch a hole into the top part of each can.

ladder-4Prepare some area outside with newspapers and thoroughly spray-paint the cans and the three S-hooks with the copper paint. Let everything dry.

ladder-5Time for the flowers! Repot the flower/plant and carefully put it into a can, then thread the hook through the hole. Repeat with the other plants and cans. Now you just need to hang them up on the ladder!

25 This was honestly easier than I thought. I’m normally a person to craft smaller interior items, and this one has probably been my largest project in that area so far, so I was astonished at how easily the parts could be put together and how nice it looks! You can also wonderfully use this as something to store a blanket for colder evenings, and can even further decorate it with a string of lights for some nice atmosphere. And in winter this ladder can just as well be put up inside and serve as storage for blankets and throws. Hope you are inspired!

 

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    Sophie
    28th April 2016 at 2:32 pm

    looks great !
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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      28th April 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you!

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    Holly
    29th April 2016 at 3:58 am

    I love it! What a fantastic idea!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th April 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thank you very much!

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    Carmen
    2nd May 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, this is such a cool idea I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      2nd May 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Glad you like it 🙂

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    Sister Tales
    3rd May 2016 at 1:40 am

    Oh my god! This is so freakin cool! Can’t wait to try this, will def be sending you a pic of my end result! So pretty!

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      3rd May 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Please do this, I’m curious! 🙂

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    Rosy | Love Decorations
    7th May 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Huhu liebe Michelle,

    nach ca. 2 Wochen finde ich endlich Zeit mir die anderen DIY-Blogs anzuschauen, die beim Otto Magazin mitgemacht haben *räusper* Aber lieber ein bisschen zu spät als nie, nicht wahr!? ;D

    Also, erst einmal: Ich l.i.e.b.e. deine Leiter *-* Ich bin generell in so Deko-Leiter verknallt, aber dann noch mit Kupfer: Jackpot 😀 Das werde ich mir auf jeden Fall gleich mal abspeichern 😉

    Und wie ich lese, wohnst du in Köln: Ein High Five da drauf, yeay! ;D

    Wünsche dir auf diesem Wege noch ein schönes Wochenende und liebste Grüße,
    Rosy ♥

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      7th May 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Das ist ja unglaublich lieb von dir, dass du mal vorbeigeschaut hast! Ich bin selbst auch ein bisschen Kupfer-süchtig, also musste ich unbedingt was einbauen. Freut mich, dass sie dir gefällt! Dein Pflanzenständer ist übrigens total süß, und eine echt tolle Idee mit den Bilderrahmen. Ich glaub, dass muss ich auch mal ausprobieren 😉

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    Midsby
    9th May 2016 at 7:05 pm

    If I would only have a balcony! Spring would be even better. Great idea, just love it!! 🙂

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      10th May 2016 at 8:22 am

      Thank you! You’re right, having a balcony definitely has its perks!

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    Kayley and Katherine
    21st June 2016 at 12:35 am

    I love this! This is definitely a DIY project that I’d like to try.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      21st June 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you like this!

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    KATE
    22nd August 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Its so nice! I really want to make it!!!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      23rd August 2016 at 7:52 am

      Thank you dear! 🙂

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