Learn how to make a simple DIY blanket ladder from copper pipe and dowels – no power tools required! This is an easy DIY project that you can make in an afternoon, so it’s perfect for beginners.
This project is part of the Seasonal Simplicity blog hop hosted by The Happy Housie, so after you read my post make sure to see all of the other beautiful Fall DIY projects linked at the bottom!
I’ve wanted to make a blanket ladder for quite some time, and I thought now was the time to try as we head into Fall. A blanket ladder is a wonderful way to store throw blankets by taking advantage of vertical space. Besides extra storage, it also makes a nice home decor item that you can decorate seasonally! Imagine cozy Christmas coloured blankets displayed for the Holidays?
Challenging myself to come up with a DIY blanket ladder that didn’t require power tools, I came up with this easy copper pipe & wood dowels version that I totally love! I’m so excited to share this easy DIY blanket ladder tutorial with you today.
Watch my YouTube video to learn how to make this easy DIY blanket ladder from copper pipe and wooden dowels:
(Or follow the written instructions below!)
How to make a DIY blanket ladder from copper pipe & wooden dowels
- 4 3/4″ wooden dowels, 48″ length
- 8 3/4″ copper tee fittings
- 4 3/4″ copper end caps
- Gorilla epoxy
- hand saw
- ruler/measuring tape
- disposable lid
Cut 4 pieces of wooden dowel to 14″ long with a hand saw (I use a Japanese saw) or a miter saw. Leave two dowels at 48″ long. I chose to leave my dowels their natural wood colour, but you could stain them with your favorite stain at this point. A dark walnut stain would look lovely with the copper coloured accents!
Using a pencil, make a mark 9″ from the bottom of one of the 48″ dowel pieces. Then mark 2 1/2″ from that mark. Repeat until you have marks for 4 copper pipe tees.Repeat on the second 48″ dowel piece.
Adding the copper pipe pieces
Mix the epoxy following the manufacturer’s directions. Apply it within the marks for the copper tees.
Insert the end of the wooden dowel into a copper tee fitting and slide it in place between the marks.
Repeat for the rest of the copper tee fittings – there are four on both of the 48″ pieces of dowel.
Assembling the blanket ladder
Next, apply epoxy to the inside of the horizontal parts of the copper tee fittings and slide the 14″ dowel pieces inside creating the ladder rungs.
Apply epoxy to the inside of the copper pipe end caps and slide them onto the ends of the 48″ dowel rods. Gently push everything in place and lay flat. You can wipe away any excess glue with an old rag. Let the epoxy cure for at least 24 hours before using the ladder.
Enjoy using you new blanket ladder to hold all your coziest blankets and quilts this Fall! I hope you enjoyed this blanket ladder DIY tutorial.
More DIY blanket ladder ideas
- learn how to make a farmhouse style blanket ladder for less than $10 with furring strips, wood screws, and wood glue
- here’s a more modern, angled quilt ladder made with scrap pieces of wood
- for a coastal look, make a blanket ladder with driftwood
More Fall DIY Project Ideas
And today I’ve been joined by some of my blogging friends who are also sharing their Fall DIY projects! Just click on the links below the images to see their project ideas…
Modern Geometric Painted Vases at The Happy Housie
How to Make Easy Fall Sweater Pumpkins at Tatertots and Jello
Room Spray for Fall at Modern Glam
Fall Candle Rings at She Gave it a Go
How to Build a Tray at The Handmade Home
Textured Vase at Craftberry Bush
Farmhouse Slat Pumpkin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Pumpkin & Dough Bowl Fall Centerpiece at The Turquoise Home
Happy Fall Sign at Lolly Jane
Personalized Fall Mug at Jenna Kate at Home
Fall Terrarium Centerpiece at Clean and Scentsible
Black & White Modern Ceramic Vases at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Fall Chalkboard Art at Happy Happy Nester
Fall Faux Centrepiece at Inspiration of Moms
Monogrammed Vase at My Sweet Savannah
Tobacco Basket Wall Hanging with Flowers at Hallstrom Home
10 Minute $10 Sunflower Garland at a Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Small Wood Projects to Use as Decor at Grace in My Space
Fall Inspired Wood Photo Holders at In My Own Style
Neutral Fall Floral Arrangement at All Things With Purpose
Vintage Amber Glass Candle at Seeking Lavender Lane
Vintage Wreath Mirror at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Fall Acrylic Sign at Lemon Thistle
Wooden Bowl Candle Holder at Cherished Bliss
Blanket Ladder from Copper Pipe Dowels at The DIY Mommy
Thrift Store Basket Turned Fall Arrangement at Confessions of a Serial DIYer