Easy $20 Blanket Ladder DIY


I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel.  I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools!  Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools!  I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option.  Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me ;)

2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off.  I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
Drop Cloth

2-2x4x96  $5.32
1- 1×4       $1.57
Nails         $1.30
Brushes    $3.00
Felt Pads  $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly           $8.48 (optional)

Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!


Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder.  It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy.  I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets!  I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!


Here is a side view.


The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it.  A great design element to add to any room and add some height.


Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts.  All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one ;)


Here is the video tutorial!  Hope you love it as much as I do!  Click Here if you are unable to see the video.

Sewing Room Coming Together


Hey there!  So my sewing room has slowly but surely been coming together in the new place.  All of our stuff arrived from Hawaii, so the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of organizing and cleaning to get things nice and tidy.  Here are some pictures of how my sewing area (its in the dining room) has been coming together!


My storage hutch from Ikea, its the big Billy with these nice doors.


Loading it up


My new sewing machine!  I will be doing a review soon, now that I have had it about 2 months, so stay tuned for that!


It’s getting there!  This was a little pic I put on Insta with a fun saying.  Are you on Instagram?  Come say hi if you are! Insta name: MelanieKHam

Who else out there sews in the dining room?!  What are your favorite sewing area tips for organization?

DIY Nursery Decor Video Series

Hey Everyone!  I am excited to share a little DIY nursery decor video series I am doing with the fabulous ladies over at Project Nursery!  I made some fabric art in the first video, here it is!

If you can’t see the video, click here!

Tassel Garland Tutorial


Hey Everyone!  I have a super fun new YouTube video up showing a really fun and inexpensive craft.  Tassels!  You can make these with tissue paper, but I decided to make them with plastic tablecloth (.97 ea at Walmart) instead so that they are more durable.


They are very light and flowy and would be great for outdoor decor as well as indoor.


I used cute washi tape to bind the tassels which creates some additional whimsy and color.


Great for so many types of party decor!

Click here if you can’t see the video tutorial.

Have a wonderful day!

Ironing Board Cover Tutorial


Happy Friday Everyone!  I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel, its an Ironing Board Cover Tutorial!  I was in such desperate need of one, I’m not sure what took me so long to do this project!  Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


Click here if you can’t see the video.

Diy Easy Ornament Wreath


Tamie won the giveaway!  Congrats girl, I sent you an email! Here is the last DIY video for this Christmas season!  I think this one is my favorite. I hope these diy videos have given you some inspriration to get crafty this Christmas and make some fun things for you home!  Happy crafting everyone! Here is the link to my YouTube Channel, and here is the link for the video.