I have a bad habit. No, in fact, I have a few!
One of them is an unstoppable attraction to bright and shiny things, in this case, costume jewellery.
I have tried a few different options, but all of them resulted in having jewellery stashed in a heap of different places and boxes and never being able to find what you want and it having it out of sight so you forget you even have it.
So, I was looking for an option of how I could store my excess of necklaces and bracelets so I could see them when I was getting ready.
I considered getting a vintage ladder, as I quite like that look, but the vintage ladders in my area were going for $50+ which was a bit much.
So I thought of making my own ladder and bamboo came to mind.
I saw this video on Youtube that inspired me but I also wanted the horizontal bamboo to be supported by the vertical bamboo and I didn't really want to drill any holes.
I found the bamboo at Bunnings in the gardening section. The pieces were loose but apparently they are to be sold in a 6 pack. I ended up getting the two verticals and two pieces that I made the horizontals for $2. Score.
These were the steps I took:
- I wanted the ladder to be narrow at the top than the bottom, so I laid out the two vertical poles at the width I wanted.
- I measured an equal distance down the vertical poles (approximately 30cm) and placed marking tape at each interval.
- I then measured the distance between each vertical pole at each of those intervals and measured that distance on the shorter poles.
- I cut the shorter poles with a hand saw while the pole was secured in a vice.
- The vertical pole was then cut 1/3 of the way through to create a notch for the horizontal pole to rest in. To get the notch out, once have sawed 1/3 of the way through, hit that area lightly with a hammer and the notched part will break out.
|The masking tape was handy to get the broken bamboo out.|
- Once all the notches were cut on the first vertical pole, I then mirrored those measurements onto the second vertical pole and cut them also.
- I then laid out the pieces on a flat surface and started tying with twine. They didn't have the twine I wanted at the hardware store so I purchased a twine that had 3 intertwined pieces and undid them and came out with the perfect thickness. I didn't really know what I was doing with the knots, so kind of just did what I was comfortable with.
|Thanks for helping, Stella.|
|Detail shot of the end knot.|
- Once the knots were tied, I put a bit of hot glue on the back of the know to make sure they did not come undone. I then tied some rope around the bottom feet for aesthetics. My ladder will be on carpet, but if it was to be on floorboards, I would put some felt or floor protectors underneath to stop it scratching.
Here are some detail shots. I took the photos in my lounge room as it has better light. The ladder is leaning up against part of my gallery wall.
I may do a post on that soon!
Let me know if you have any questions!