I have a bunch of spindles and lots of scrap wood, so I decided it was time to do an easy DIY blanket ladder project. If you have a few spindles laying around, you can make one too!
Using a drill guide will help you find the right size drill bit.
I ripped a 2x6 into squared off pieces, which makes them about 1 ½ by 1 ½. You can buy 2x2’s at The Home Depot. I clamped them together and drilled all the way through both boards at the same time. TIP: Using a scrap piece of wood underneath while you drill will help prevent splintering where the drill bit exits on the bottom board.
You can see the hole is pretty clean.
I used Gorilla Wood Glue to secure the dowel ends of the spindles.
There’s no secret tip to getting the dowels in and lined up. I struggled with this step slightly, wishing I had an extra pair of hands to help out. (ignore the mess in the shop, particularly all those cable wires. I was having an issue getting the t.v. to work.
After that, I clamped the blanket ladder and checked for square, then left it alone to let the glue set.
I mixed up some diy chalky paint with some gray oops paint.
I used Heirloom Traditions clear wax to give a nice seal for the chalky paint.
This blanket ladder is a little large, here's a smaller version I made for my craft show displays.
DIY Blanket Ladder
It’s a little on the wide side, but I think that makes it great to hold larger blankets. It could even be used in a bathroom or guest room.
I have a LOT of spindles left, any ideas what else I should do with them?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.