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Farmhouse Style Wooden Ladder for Photo Display

  • October 11, 2017


This farmhouse style ladder is the perfect size to display seven of your favorite 4 x 6 photos. Using curtain rod clips allows you to change out the photos whenever you like. Or chose to make the ladder bigger to hold larger photos or use it to display linens and blankets.

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    • Materials Used

      • WOOD GLUE
      • (2) 1/2" DOWEL RODS
      • 2 X 2 X 48
  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the 8’ long 2 x 2 in half crosswise. You now have the two 48” sides (or legs) of the ladder. Cut the dowel rod into 8” pieces for the rungs of the ladder.

    2. Step: 2

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      Drill 1/2” deep 1/2” wide evenly spaced holes in one side of each of those two leg pieces. I used a Forstner bit in the RYOBI Drill Press.

    3. Step: 3

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      Place all of the dowel rods in one leg. Use wood glue and tap into place with a rubber mallet.

    4. Step: 4

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      Lay second leg across ends of dowels and tap into place.

    5. Step: 5

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      Paint or stain as desired. Once dry, attach the clips and hang photos. I chose to paint my ladder black as I believe the photos will really “pop” against the dark ladder.

    6. Step: 6

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      I also made a second larger ladder using 1 x 2” for the legs and a 1” dowel for the rungs.

    7. Step: 7

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      For this larger ladder, I drilled the holes all the way through the leg pieces. Then I tapped in the dowels until they were flush with the outside of the legs. I did not need to use wood glue since the dowels fit into the holes snugly.

    8. Step: 8

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      I am using this larger ladder to hold linens for now. But it could also be used to display larger photos. In fact, I’ll be using it at Christmastime to display photos from Christmas’ past - I might even paint it red!

    9. Step: 9

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      Cut the 8’ long 2 x 2 in half crosswise. You now have the two 48” sides (or legs) of the ladder. Cut the dowel rod into 8” pieces for the rungs of the ladder.

    10. Step: 10

      Drill 1/2” deep 1/2” wide evenly spaced holes in one side of each of those two leg pieces. I used a Forstner bit in the RYOBI Drill Press.

    11. Step: 11

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      Place all of the dowel rods in one leg. Use wood glue and tap into place with a rubber mallet.

    12. Step: 12

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      Lay second leg across ends of dowels and tap into place.

    13. Step: 13

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      Paint or stain as desired. Once dry, attach the clips and hang photos. I chose to paint my ladder black as I believe the photos will really “pop” against the dark ladder.

    14. Step: 14

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      I also made a second larger ladder using 1 x 2” for the legs and a 1” dowel for the rungs.

    15. Step: 15

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      For this larger ladder, I drilled the holes all the way through the leg pieces. Then I tapped in the dowels until they were flush with the outside of the legs. I did not need to use wood glue since the dowels fit into the holes snugly.

    16. Step: 16

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      I am using this larger ladder to hold linens for now. But it could also be used to display larger photos. In fact, I’ll be using it at Christmastime to display photos from Christmas’ past - I might even paint it red!

Comments (20)


  • Will definitely make this project!
    By missamjan, on November 3, 2017

  • So Cute! I have been watching for a wooden ladder to do something like this, but haven't been able to find one. Now I can make one! That is if I get the right tools.... ;)
    By Viv530, on November 3, 2017

  • Love this idea with the ladder. My family will just adore it in our Living Room area.
    By Alinaa, on November 3, 2017

  • Awesome project! I love how easy it is to change photos. Beats the heck out of picture frames :)
    By justdeb61, on November 3, 2017

  • I love anything Farmhouse Style! This would be great to make as a holiday gift for my sister who loves having all her photos on display. Like that the instructions are pretty thorough.
    By StaffordBrix, on November 3, 2017

  • The ease in which you can swap out the photos is my favorite part of this entire project. I can always have something new and fresh to look at. This is indeed a great project!
    By connsean_113540, on November 3, 2017

  • I love your ladders! I should make one for Christmas cards! gail
    By MyRepurposedLife, on November 3, 2017

  • Love this project! It will be perfect for our entry.
    By someluckydog_41014, on November 4, 2017

  • this seems like a very easy peasy project that I could actually attempt as my first one ever!! I'm thinking my youngest daughter would love one of these! thanks for the idea and instructions!!
    By onebigladybug, on November 4, 2017

  • Nice and easy project! I love how easy it will be to change pictures when ever you want!
    By amones, on November 4, 2017

  • I love this! I think I could actually do it with my limited skills:)
    By shortreba, on November 4, 2017

  • This is such a cute idea! I love it!
    By keshakeke, on November 5, 2017

  • Ladders are one of my favorite decorating tools/objects. I have one for towels, 2 for plants & am planning on making this adorable photo one! First time I have seen it used for this.. what a great idea!
    By cbdesigns, on November 5, 2017


  • Such a cool project idea, thanks for sharing.
    By grover959, on November 6, 2017

  • This is neat. Perfect for my home.
    By dlatany_38644, on November 7, 2017

  • this is perfect! i've been looking for a ladder. :)
    By Charlotte729, on November 7, 2017

  • Love this so beautiful and would make it easy to switch out photo's as often as you would like!
    By maryw1981_41729, on November 14, 2017

  • this is pretty neat i love it
    By carol clark, on November 14, 2017

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Farmhouse Style Wooden Ladder for Photo Display

by Create & Babble
Oct 11, 2017
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This farmhouse style ladder is the perfect size to display seven of your favorite 4 x 6 photos. Using curtain rod clips allows you to change out the photos whenever you like. Or chose to make the ladder bigger to hold larger photos or use it to display linens and blankets.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 114d62ff 11d3 4d99 af8e 104eff83bef1

    Cut the 8’ long 2 x 2 in half crosswise. You now have the two 48” sides (or legs) of the ladder. Cut the dowel rod into 8” pieces for the rungs of the ladder.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 6655d5bc 8f76 4941 a5bd d0b1c4710182

    Drill 1/2” deep 1/2” wide evenly spaced holes in one side of each of those two leg pieces. I used a Forstner bit in the RYOBI Drill Press.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge a8a9aa16 d11b 4249 a947 5645d61f6e37

    Place all of the dowel rods in one leg. Use wood glue and tap into place with a rubber mallet.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 421a8288 2e30 4d64 878e d0a4e34c4312

    Lay second leg across ends of dowels and tap into place.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge e56e7083 c23b 4a91 9ac4 8f93611a4145

    Paint or stain as desired. Once dry, attach the clips and hang photos. I chose to paint my ladder black as I believe the photos will really “pop” against the dark ladder.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge aa92d588 4b21 4721 b8df ef674045ce75

    I also made a second larger ladder using 1 x 2” for the legs and a 1” dowel for the rungs.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 500b92f3 3180 4418 be3e 4dfae661ec56

    For this larger ladder, I drilled the holes all the way through the leg pieces. Then I tapped in the dowels until they were flush with the outside of the legs. I did not need to use wood glue since the dowels fit into the holes snugly.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge cce8d450 728b 4743 8a66 a46309d84204

    I am using this larger ladder to hold linens for now. But it could also be used to display larger photos. In fact, I’ll be using it at Christmastime to display photos from Christmas’ past - I might even paint it red!

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 85d392fd 6acd 4baf 9f63 c99acbab52f8

    Cut the 8’ long 2 x 2 in half crosswise. You now have the two 48” sides (or legs) of the ladder. Cut the dowel rod into 8” pieces for the rungs of the ladder.

  10. Step: 10

    Drill 1/2” deep 1/2” wide evenly spaced holes in one side of each of those two leg pieces. I used a Forstner bit in the RYOBI Drill Press.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 5809d5ee a37e 4b74 8be9 c8617b8e935c

    Place all of the dowel rods in one leg. Use wood glue and tap into place with a rubber mallet.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge e7f96027 dd5d 45b0 99ec 0bdc3e049474

    Lay second leg across ends of dowels and tap into place.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 1a8095de 8006 4f9d a335 ea4e450b4760

    Paint or stain as desired. Once dry, attach the clips and hang photos. I chose to paint my ladder black as I believe the photos will really “pop” against the dark ladder.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge d7ca4767 17ff 44a8 91ad a2aaf2ccfe12

    I also made a second larger ladder using 1 x 2” for the legs and a 1” dowel for the rungs.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 44f06686 275d 43b0 af52 7426b2002f52

    For this larger ladder, I drilled the holes all the way through the leg pieces. Then I tapped in the dowels until they were flush with the outside of the legs. I did not need to use wood glue since the dowels fit into the holes snugly.

  16. Step: 16
    Huge 8a200fb5 18a0 4394 82af c52a1143e476

    I am using this larger ladder to hold linens for now. But it could also be used to display larger photos. In fact, I’ll be using it at Christmastime to display photos from Christmas’ past - I might even paint it red!