A DIY Blanket Ladder with Just $5

Growing up – and now being an avid Hallmark movie watcher – I’ve always been jealous of those scenes where people discover childhood memorabilia tucked in boxes in their parents attics, especially their “blankies” and other security items. Luckily, I am marrying into a family of wonderful crocheters – and more importantly, a tradition where every newborn baby gets a blanket made by the family matriarch, Granny. 

While I want Skylar to eventually enjoy the use of her baby blanket, right now she’s much too young to appreciate it. And I wanted to figure out a way to display it, along with a gifted blanket embroidered with her name on it, and another crochet blanket that was made for her late grandmother, Leslie.

Luckily, I came across the $5 blanket ladder by Her Tool Belt. Homemade? Inexpensive? I can make it the exact color I want? Check, check and check. 

Gift or Family Heirloom

You can use it in your own family home, of course. But this project is so inexpensive, and once you get into the groove of it, you can cut and put together several at one time. Once you’re done, you’ll be ready to make another, because it’s so easy, I PROMISE. So it’s also a great gift. Because here’s a great tip: flip the ladder wrungs horizontally and parallel with the angle at the bottom of the ladder to create a steps which can be used as shelves. 

Here’s the list of materials and tools you’ll need. 


  • 3 – 1″ × 3″ x 8′ board
  • 24 – 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws or brad nails
  • wood glue
  • sand paper
  • felt pads or felt strip
  • stain


  • Ryobi Combo Kit (circular saw and drill)
    • Alternate: miter saw, jig saw, hand saw
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig – optional
  • speed square – optional
  • sander
  • tape measure
  • straight edge

Go to Her Tool Belt for complete instructions. Let me know if you make your own. And tag me in the pics if you do.