15 Sep 2010

DIY Trash Picked Ladder Project

by Amber Reddinger

A little while back, our neighbors across the street put this ladder out with their trash.

Under cover of darkness, I ran over and grabbed it. It was very sturdy and only had one partially broken rung, so I sanded it down and planned to do something I've been dying to do with an old ladder for years: make a plant stand.

Then when I found myself with a red honeysuckle to plant, I thought maybe the ladder could be both a trellis and a plant stand.

the plan...

So the honeysuckle got planted under the ladder.

almost there...

The next day, we went to Lowe's and got some hardware:


I pulled out a bunch of my old pots:

old pots

And I drilled some holes in the steps of the ladder:

holes drilled

Each pot got a bolt and washer on the inside:

bolt and washer

And a wingnut underneath to hold them in place:

wing nuts

This was my big brainstorm in response to my worrying about the wind knocking all the pots off and breaking them. We seem to get a lot of wind...

Anyway, here it is with all the pots attached and ready for plants!

almost done!

I started some Four O'Clocks from seed in the pots and I scattered some seeds (wildflower mix, dwarf sunflowers, shasta daisies and snapdragons) all around back there and if it hadn't been for a hungry groundhog, we would have an overflowing flower garden beside our shed. Next year...

I even started a little seating area so we can sit back there and enjoy the blooms.

very old chairs

Those chairs were trash picked right a few years ago and that plant stand was found under our porch at our house in Scranton. More Four O'Clocks ended up in those pots too.

That's all I got. Give this a try though. It was a super fun and easy project and I get tons of compliments on it. :)

About the author:

I love working with my hands and helping things grow. :)