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Fun Ways to Incorporate Old Ladders in the Garden

A rickety old ladder won’t do you much good if it can barely hold up your weight. You wouldn’t want to have it give out while you’re on it. Old ladders can be dangerous, so what do you do with them? Don’t throw them out! There are so many awesome things that you can do with old ladders in the garden. They have a fun and quirky look to them and are sure to catch everyone’s eyes. Here are some really fun ways to incorporate old ladders in the garden.

Where to Find Old Ladders

Yes, most of the time people already have an old ladder lying around that they’d like to repurpose for their garden. However, sometimes people want to go out and find an old ladder for a cheap price to use for an idea they have in their garden. They’re out there! Most individuals find their old ladders at flea markets or yard sales. The ladders are pretty cheap since they are so old. You definitely wouldn’t spend over $20. Flea markets are going to be your best bet when it comes to finding old ladders. Some people just happen upon them on the side of the road too. 

Ideas for Old Ladders in the Garden

Ladder Flowerboxes

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Flower boxes are a beautiful addition to any garden. They allow people to see your flowers more easily because they are at eye level. An old ladder in the garden will help your yard to have even more eye catching beauty. Put flower boxes on each step of your ladder to create several different steps and levels of flower boxes. You can paint the ladder one color and have a contrasting color for the flower boxes. Then you’ll have the pop of color that the flowers bring. It’s such a cute way to display your gorgeous flowers or plants. 

Ladder Flowerpots

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This is basically the same idea, but just a little different. Instead of having your flowers in a box, put them in flowerpots. It creates a slightly different look than the flower boxes. There are lots of different kinds of flowerpots to choose from and each gives a different feel to your garden. Rustic metal flowerpots give an antiquey look while stone pots give a more elegant feel. Choose the kind of pot you want and put them onto your old ladder to create something truly special. 

Ladder Trellis

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Use your ladder as a trellis for climbing plants or vines. Things like ivy or climbing flowers look great on an old ladder. The best part about using an old ladder in the garden for a trellis is that it’s free. You won’t have to go out and buy a trellis for your plants. You’ll already have what you need! Everyone loves free things. It looks amazing to have vines and flowers wrapped around an old ladder because it gives more dimension to climbing plants. There’s a lot more for the eyes to look at. Plus it’s just a cool and unique idea. 

Ladder Birdhouses

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Put some birdhouses on each step of the ladder. Birds will love having a multiple story house to have fun in. It looks so cute to have fun and colorful birdhouses all lined up on some old ladders in the garden. This is an especially great idea if you love birds and bird watching. Lots of birds will flock to the birdhouses on your old ladder because there is so much room for them. Then you can put out some yummy bird food for all your new bird friends to enjoy. 

Make a Festive Display

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Use old ladders in the garden to create seasonal decor that is fun and exciting. Put pumpkins on your ladder to create Halloween decor, or put pine branches and cranberries on it come Christmas time. You can also wrap lights around the ladder to add a little extra sparkle and flair. Any holiday or season can be represented on your decorative ladder. Put little bunnies and chicks on it for Easter, or put turkeys on it for Thanksgiving. The options are limitless. You can even put birthday signs or balloons on it when it’s someone’s birthday. Ladders are also great for hanging cute banners from. What a great thing to be able to decorate. 

Show off Your Antiques

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Lots of people love showing off special things that mean a lot to them, or things that they found at antique stores. Old ladders in the garden are a perfect way to do that. Some people like using old boots as planters, others like putting flowers in old Coke bottles and putting that up on their old ladders. Old mason jars, rusty old watering cans, and antique birdhouses are good choices too. These things create a beautiful, antiquey look that makes people reminisce about the good ol’ days. Put meaningful things on display, or just create a fun antique display for others to admire. 

Show off Your Favorite Color

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Paint some old ladders in the garden all the same color. Have it be a bright and bold red, or a cool and calm green. Then use decor that matches that same color. Red ladders could have bright red birdhouses on it. A cool green ladder could have an old blue-green mason jar on it. Have fun matching the colors of decor and antiques to the color you’ve decided to paint your ladder. This looks great sitting in a bed of low growing plants like ground cover. It adds a pop of color and a focal point to your garden. 

Brighten Up a Dark Corner

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Some gardens have a dark corner where nothing seems to grow. That’s ok! Use an old ladder to brighten it up. Paint your ladder white so that it stands out in a dark corner. Then add multiple plants to your ladder to make the ladder pop. Add colorful flowers, bright pots, and fun items. Your garden will look much better with something standing out for people to look at. Now your garden won't’ seem like such a dark and dreary place. 

Summing Up

There are tons of fun ways to use old ladders in the garden. Each and every one of these ways will make your garden look fun, festive, and full of life! Have fun decorating your old ladder and choose which items you’d like to put on it. There are flowers, pots, antiques, seasonal items, and much much more! It’s going to be a lot of fun making the ladder your own and really having fun with it. You’ll love having such a fun and colorful addition to your garden. 

Denali Gillen

I am a farmer’s wife living a farmer’s life. I love having wide open spaces and plenty of space to raise a family. Making the most out of outdoor spaces is something I never get tired of!

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