A nature-inspired branch ladder plant stand
Most of you know my love for decorating with nature. From branch handled toolboxes, twig garlands to firewood stars and log candles, shopping my own backyard has long been my fav shopping mall for home decor.
I’m a real branch fanatic in particular, so when Stacy from Not Just a Housewife sent me her beautiful new book, Natural Accents (Amazon affiliate link) to review, I kinda squealed, and darted for the wood section.
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And I wasn’t disappointed. How beautiful is this book?!
I’ve read a lot of decorating books, and I will say, this is one that won’t outdate itself anytime soon. The projects are truly unique, easy to do, and timeless. Lovely, sharp illustrations with easy to follow instructions. It’s like your own Pinterest on paper without endless clicking. 🙂
And oh my gosh… there’s even a chapter on how to take care of houseplants. I’d better read that…. 6x. 🙂
Well Stacy, your book most certainly inspired me to invent a nature inspired branch ladder plant stand, vs. using a ladder I already had. My patio is finally starting to look like summer!
Here’s how I did it…
How to build a branch ladder plant stand:
Supplies I used:
Various thick branches for the rungs
Outdoor durable paint of choice
Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils:
1. Cut two 2×4’s to desired length.
2. Stain or paint the ladder sides as desired before assembling.
I didn’t’ have any long reclaimed 2x4s on hand so I used two new ones. I’d rather paint new wood vs old anyway. A little backwards decor theory there…
I used white ceiling paint, with no primer. Because it’s all I had in stock. I find it self primes and wears like nails, so it’s all good!
Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils:
2. Stencil along sides of ladder if desired.
I wanted the ladder to wear something unique. Like… a flower sign, as if it were set up to sell beautiful, abundant flowers at the weekend flea market.
With the current Farmers’ MARKET stencil, you can make any kinda market sign you wish with this Market Extensions Collection. 4 new mix and match options! Today I am showcasing Flower.
Here’s how I did this:
(the above picture shows a previous Farmers’ Market design that has since been changed)
How to mix and match stencils on a thin surface
a) Position the Farmer’s Market stencil first. Stencil the word Market only.
b) Slip an extra board underneath the stencil, and pencil-in the registration marks.
c) Remove the Market stencil, and position the FLOWER stencil by lining up the registration marks on the stencil with your previous stencil marks. Stencil the image.
I then made the wood look older by beating and scraping across it with a hammer, then slightly sanding it with a palm sander.
How cute is that?!
3. Decide how wide you’d like your ladder, then cut branches that length on straight angles.
The hardest part of this project was attempting to cut the branches on the same angles. But with rustic branches, just remember, wonky works. 🙂
4. Measure and mark how far apart you’d like the branch rungs along the outside of the ladder sides.
5. Attach branches by pre-drilling pilot holes into the sides of the 2x4s, then screwing in each branch rung from the outside.
I love collecting branches when I go for mountain walks, so I had these guys on hand. The branches are a little on the hefty side, perfect rung material.
Seriously… how rustically cute are these branch rungs?!
6. Collect various galvanized buckets (with handles if possible) to use as planters.
A beat up collection of galvanized junk and other odds and sods came to the rescue for the planters.
7. Pre-drill holes into the bottoms of the buckets, then place rocks or gravel to cover the holes. Add soil.
8. Hang buckets to the ladder rungs, with screws for each handle.
8. Once buckets are hung, plant, then water.
I found adding the plants AFTER the buckets were already on the ladder to help me place what plant I desired where.
Ready to see how adorable this turned out?!
How adorable is this?! Welcome to my very own little Flower Market! On my patio.
The branch ladder acts as a plant holder that takes nearly no room, perfect for tight spaces! That’s the handy thing about height!
Various planters were grouped together on a nearby table to add to the flower ambiance.
Pretty cute, right?!
Here’s some added tips on how to plant what, where…
Flower planting tip:
Much like decorating the interior of your home, I did the same with flowers when deciding what to plant where:
- set the flowers on the floor
- mix and match by colour and how they will trail down
- arrange so the planters don’t have wide open empty gaps that will never be filled in
It’s fun to play and see what you come up with!
And in case you’d like to know the names of all these plants and flowers, here they are…
Top planter / Bellagio begonia (looks like pom poms!!) and Wire Vine (adore!!)
Middle planter / pastel violets and Moneywort
Bottom planter / lost the tag
Smaller bucket on rail / Sparks Will Fly begonia and Silver Falls
Taller bucket on table / Unbelievable begonia and Golden Sunset
Clay planter / violets and ivy
(aren’t you proud of me for saving the plant tags?!)
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Anyway, I’m rather smitten with how this nature-inspired branch ladder plant stand turned out! It takes up virtually no room, it’s easy to maintain because everything is in one spot, and you can even move the planters around if desired!
They’re going to look even cuter once they grow in more!
Think you’ll give a branch ladder plant stand a go this summer?
This post was also originally part of a giveaway which is now over. Congrats #38 Carol B!
Other related projects you may enjoy:
Make garden-themed IKEA crates
Build an easy garden-themed reclaimed wood gate
Learn how to create this scrap wood garden-themed walkway
Visit many other OUTDOOR and GARDENING projects
Get inspired with MANY other stencil projects HERE
152 thoughts on “Build this nature inspired branch ladder plant stand!”
I’ve been eyeing those market stencils for some time now. I’ve got plans for creating a work area in my garage and they would should come in handy for use on some wall crates. I’m also intrigue with that cool looking book. I’m hooked.
Think I’d like to make a box that is a combination of store bought wood and tree trunk pieces. Hard to describe a unique piece that could also be used as a coffee table. Love that ladder
Shared it on my Facebook page
I LOVE THIS!!! I would use the stencils to make Christmas gifts for our family! This package is the stencil jackpot!!
Pinned this on Pinterest! <3
that is awesome!! I would love to give it a go!
That ladder would be so so cute in my booth. Can see hanging small utensils, linens, etc.
ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS…..GREAT JOB!!!!!!
I LOVE that ladder! I really like all your porch/garden decor. I need to get busy and start creating!
i’m imagining the Farmer’s Market Stencil over my pantry door, and the Flower Market stencil over my potting bench. Love love love it!
Love Love Love these stencils and the great ideal (all of them) in the book! What great ideas–pretty and super inexpensive!
Donna, I love it. I have ‘used’ 2×4’s and I am envisioning it near the couch and hanging afghans and quilts on it. I have an old step ladder there now but it would be better for my plants (an idea I got from an earlier post from you). My mind is swirling with ideas. Thank you for your constant inspiration.
Shared on facebook.
I have a gardening friend who always has the biggest blooms on the block and can grow ANYTHING. #sostinkinjealous Every year for Christmas I try to come up with something to contribute to her garden/gardening – the premise being that a portion of it will be handmade and hopefully it is something that isn’t readily available. Last year I made her a gorgeous pieced wood flower basket (http://www.addicted2decorating.com/easy-inexpensive-diy-pieced-wood-hanging-flower-basket.html) and I’m thinking you have provided an idea for the perfect Xmas2015 gift – she’s going to love it!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Donna you truly inspired me with your last post to not be jealous and get busy! That ladder held more inspiration. I have an old paint ladder with a wooden paint can holder in my living room. It holds throws right now. A change is in the works. Love the stencil!
Donna! great way to move your creative mojo! So cute, ladders are one of my fav decor items inside and out. Happy trails!
Oh my gosh, can I say Wonky Wonderful !! This is soooo darn cute and I think that I can even build it. Great inspiration.
Congrats Carol! You’re the winner! You have been emailed.
I love the ladder…have been looking for years for an old ladder but it seems like those are in high demand in my area! If you can’t find it, build it yourself!
I pinned it twice, onto my Rustic builds, and onto my Projects unique. Maybe I should also put it on my To Do board too. I really want to make this. It’s my second fave project. Your twig branch tool box is my favorite!