This DIY tabletop blanket ladder is so easy to make and is a great piece to easily change-up your entryway table or mantle decor.
Does anyone else feel like the time span between decorating for fall and decorating for Halloween is just too short?
I don’t go overboard decorating for either (although that hasn’t always been the case!), but it seems like just a week or two after I get fall decorations in place it’s time to start decorating for Halloween.
Of course saying “it’s time to start decorating” implies there is some sort of deadline. It’s more along the lines of a week or two after I get fall decorations out is when I want to start decorating for Halloween.
This year I thought I’d try to come up with decorations for the mantle that would easily transition from fall to Halloween without requiring too much effort.
I started with the drawer knob pumpkin pictured above that I detailed here. Next I put together this super quick tabletop blanket ladder. Using scrap wood I already had out in the garage, I had this assembled and stained in about 30 minutes (not counting the time for the wood glue to dry).
Supplies for Tabletop Blanket Ladder
2- 1×3 boards cut to 25 inches each; these are your ladder rails (side pieces)
3- 1×2 boards cut to 12 inches each; these are your ladder rungs (steps)
6- 2 inch wood screws
Stain (I used Minwax dark walnut)
Wood glue, rubber bands, tape measure or ruler, pencil
Step 1. Mark the spots on the ladder rails (sides) where you will place the rungs (steps). Measure up 6 inches from the bottom and mark a line. Then place a rung into position on top of that line and draw another line across the top. Starting from the line just marked, measure up another 6 inches and mark another line for the middle rung. Continue with these steps until you have lines for all three rungs on the rail. Repeat these steps with the other rail.
Step 2. To assemble the rails and rungs, start by finding a piece of scrap wood that’s about 1/2-3/4 inch thick to place in between the two rails to prop the rungs up while you attach them to the rails (see pic below Step 3, the scrap wood I used is the half stained piece laying underneath the rungs). I did this so the rungs would be closely centered on the rails.
Step 3. Next apply a line of wood glue to both sides of the bottom rung and place between the two rails on the lines you marked in Step 1. Repeat for the middle and top rungs. Then (you may want help with this step), place rubber bands around the sides of the rail at the top and the bottom to hold it all together while the glue dries.
Step 3. After the glue dries, insert a screw from the outside rail through the center of each rung. Do this on both sides of the ladder.
Step 4. Stain and let dry.
This tabletop blanket ladder is the perfect size for a mantle or entry table and has so many decorating possibilities. For a fall look, the orange “blanket” is actually an infinity scarf I found in the seasonal decorations at Hobby Lobby. The plaid “blanket” on the top is a tea towel I found at TJ Maxx.
To transition the tabletop blanket ladder from fall to Halloween, I plan to switch out the wreath with a hanging bat or small witches broom. I also plan to switch out the plaid blanket with a black and white patterned tea towel. The orange blanket will stay.
The frame in the middle previously had a fall print in but I’ve already switched it over to Halloween. The pumpkins will stay for both fall and Halloween. And in a couple of weeks this will all easily change over the Thanksgiving decor (so hard to believe!).
The tabletop blanket ladder likely go when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, but it will definitely be making appearance again in the winter. I’m thinking new knit “blankets” in colors of grey and white, with a snowflake hanging from the top rung.
Do you have methods for easily transitioning your decor between the seasons? I’d love to hear them. And if you like the tabletop blanket ladder, don’t forget to pin below!