Antique Ladder Hanging Planter

Learn how to build this affordable ladder hanging planter for your plants to add space and antique charm to a vertical garden.

| Spring 2019

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A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden.

Antique Ladder Hanging Planter

Antique ladders have become popular pieces of interior décor, used by savvy designers to create everything from rustic bookshelves to shabby-chic bathroom towel racks. Because it’s such a popular trend, I wanted to use an antique ladder to create a cute and functional vertical garden. But due to their popularity, real antique ladders can be difficult to come by, so I decided to build one.

This replica antique ladder planter is easy to build — and inexpensive. It looks adorable sitting on the front porch or leaning against an old garden shed or fence. If you’re lucky enough to own an antique ladder, you can definitely use it instead of building your own.



For this project, I used simple metal buckets that I found at a local department store, and hung them from the ladder using large S hooks. To make your ladder planter look even more authentic, you could comb local antique shops for buckets or basket planters to hang on it instead.

It won’t take long for the wood to age, making the ladder look more authentic. However, if you prefer to speed up the process, you can use simple painting and distressing techniques to make the ladder look like it’s been sitting in your garden for years.






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