One-hour Lad­der

Craft a bam­boo lad­der to adorn in your home

Good - - CONTENTS - Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Pho­tog­ra­phy Amanda Reel­ick

Step 1: Cut two of the bam­boo poles to the height you want the lad­der to be. Trim away any side shoots. Step 2: Cut the re­main­ing bam­boo pole into a se­ries of smaller lengths (4–5 pieces at 0.5m or less). This is the width of your lad­der. You can make these bars all the same or vary them in length for a sub­tly tri­an­gu­lated lad­der shape. Step 3: Lay the two long bam­boo lengths on the ground with the bot­toms of the poles lined up. Mark on each pole where you want the hor­i­zon­tal bars to go. Use your knife and cut­ting board to care­fully cut a notch at each mark. (This needs to be deep enough to stop the twine slid­ing down the pole.)

Step 4: Cut the twine into ap­prox­i­mately 60cm lengths. Tie a piece of twine around the pole at a notch. Lay a hor­i­zon­tal bar across it and wrap the twine tightly around both poles sev­eral times to lash them to­gether. Re­peat with all bars. Lean the lad­der against a wall and gen­tly test the lad­der’s strength. If nec­es­sary, se­cure cross bars with ex­tra string.

Use your lad­der as a way of hang­ing sprawl­ing plants and other green­ery. We love this out­door rus­tic look where the lad­der stands out but blends in, too. Your lad­der can act as a stylish space- sav­ing bath­room shelv­ing unit. Dis­play throws, scarves and...

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