A-Frame Ladder Alternative Christmas Tree

15 Materials
2 Hours

Around this time of year, it's become a tradition to come up with an alternative Christmas tree idea. This year is no exception!

The inspiration for this year's tree is from a visit to Epcot at Walt Disney World. Steph took the boat ride in the Land Pavilion and saw their version of a ladder tree, which became the model for ours. Take a look at how it came together!

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a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

One of the nice things about his build is that it uses readily available materials. We used (one) 12' 1"x10" board for the shelves and (6) 1"x2" wood strips for the legs and cross bars. We also purchased a pair of hinges. You can find a detailed list of everything we used in our blog post.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

Our first step was the cut the 10" wide board to length to make three shelves. Tip: we had the board cut in half at The Home Depot so that it would fit into our car. The finished lengths of the shelves are 4', 3 1/2', and 2 1/2'. We used a circular saw to cut the boards, but they could also be cut with a miter saw or hand saw. Use what you have or ask to have all the boards cut to size where you purchase them.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

Before we cut the legs to length, we put everything on the floor to determine the placement between shelves. Note: We actually made this a foot taller, but decided it was too tall. We cut off the extra foot and eliminated the extra shelf. You can customize this design for your own display needs or ceiling height.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

To hold the shelves in place, we used two cross bars, each 13" glued and nailed across the two legs. The shelves will slide between that 1" opening although 1 1/2" would probably be better.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

Once we finished one leg, we laid the other one on top and just eyeballed the placement of the crossbars. This went really quickly and was fairly precise.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

The shelves were sanded and stained. They could also be painted.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

The legs were painted with a chalked paint and hinges were added to the top. The hinges will allow the display ladder to be folded for storage.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

Here it is finished and ready to be styled!

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

The shelves are a great place to showcase my Christmas village.

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

All finished!

a frame ladder alternative christmas tree

In case you're wondering, this is the inspiration "tree" Steph saw on the Walt Disney World boat ride.

Don't forget to check out the video to see how it all came together!

If you like this, be sure to see our 'Mini' version here!

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  • Carol de la Fuente
    on Dec 3, 2018

    You ladies are such a beautiful team and work so well together. You have great personalities and do such beautiful work. Such an inspiration for all. God bless you always!!!

  • Sandy
    on Dec 6, 2018

    I also just love the way you two come up with projects they are just what I like esp. the ladder I am in desperate need for something to put my cathedral cactus on in the winter but am limited in space, just the corner of my living room. It is almost 2 ft tall and have to bring it in in the winter any ideas...

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