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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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    • Project Information

    • 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

  • 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

  • Love this idea with the ladder. My family will just adore it in our Living Room area.

    By Alinaa

  • Awesome project! I love how easy it is to change photos. Beats the heck out of picture frames :)

    By justdeb61

  • 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

  • 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



  • 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

  • Nice and easy project! I love how easy it will be to change pictures when ever you want!

    By amones

  • I love this! I think I could actually do it with my limited skills:)

    By shortreba

  • This is such a cute idea! I love it!

    By keshakeke

  • 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


  • Such a cool project idea, thanks for sharing.

    By grover959


  • this is perfect! i've been looking for a ladder. :)

    By Charlotte729

  • Love this so beautiful and would make it easy to switch out photo's as often as you would like!

    By maryw1981_41729


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