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.
- 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
- (Optional): String of lights
It’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).
Prepare 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.
Now 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.
Prepare some area outside with newspapers and thoroughly spray-paint the cans and the three S-hooks with the copper paint. Let everything dry.
Time 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!
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!