DIY Blanket Ladder With Croquet Mallets + Scrap Wood

7 Materials
$10
2 Hours
Easy

This is a fun and simple DIY that only took one evening. This blanket ladder is made using vintage croquet mallets, scrap lumber and a few simple tools.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

This was a fun and simple DIY that took only one evening with the help of my husband, Steve. I have been looking for a vintage ladder to hang a few blankets on for quite some time and never found one I loved. Then one day while rummaging through some of my thrifting finds I spotted the croquet mallets. This was the inspiration I needed for this ladder.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

These are the supplies I used: 


  1. Croquet mallets (I used 5)
  2. 2 X 6 lumber 
  3. Saw
  4. Drill with wood bits
  5. Wood Glue
  6. Nail gun (or you could use a hammer or screw and screw driver)
diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

I used a 2 X 6 board, because it is what I had lying around. You could use a 2 X 4 or whatever you like. We measured and cut it to length. I wanted it to be 7′ tall.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

We then ripped the boards down to the width that I wanted which was 2 1/2″.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

We then positioned the 2 boards next to each other to mark the placement for the rungs for the ladder. I spaced each rung 14″ apart.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

We removed the mallet portion from each croquet mallet and cut the handle portion to length on a chop saw. We cut each croquet handle to be 22″ long.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

We drilled holes in the boards that will be the sides of the ladder. Each croquet handle had a slightly different circumference, so we used several different wood drill bits for each hole. Each hole was drilled to a depth of 1/2″

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

Working on one side of the ladder at a time, put a little wood glue into each hole. Place the handle of the croquet mallet into each hole.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

Carefully turn it over and place a nail (or screw) in the center of the croquet mallet handle through the board, securing it in place. Repeat for the other side of the ladder.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

I knew that I wanted this to look like an old vintage ladder, so for the finish I wanted to use the vinegar and steel wool method. To make this stain, fill a glass jar with vinegar and add a piece of steel wool. Let this sit for a couple of days and let the magic happen.


I know my “stain” jar looks pretty yucky, but I had made my vinegar & steel wool stain over a year ago for another project. I just save any unused portion for my next project. On the lower portion of the photo you can see where I have applied the stain. Brush it on with a paint brush, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe off any excess. Let dry.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

To finish off my aged and vintage look for this ladder, I applied a liming wax or a white wax. Using a stiff waxing brush, I applied the wax in a circular motion pushing the white wax into the groves and imperfections of the wood.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

I let the wax dry overnight and then I buffed it with a clean cotton cloth. This gives it a silky smooth finish with a slight sheen.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

Here is the final result of my staining and waxing process. Isn’t it wonderful? It looks so aged and worn, just what I was looking for.

diy blanket ladder with croquet mallets scrap wood

This is such a fun and simple project! We love it when we can incorporate vintage items into our projects. Has this inspired you to incorporate some items you have lying around your home into your next project? We would love to hear from you, please share with us what you are working on.


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  • Jacque
    on Jul 1, 2019

    Great idea! I just happen to have an old croquet set that was on its way to the junk store. As a quilter, always in need of display/storage space.

    • Sunny Side Design
      on Jul 1, 2019

      Perfect to quilts! Bonus that you already have an old croquet set, I it really is such a fun little project. Thank you so much!

  • Kyralee
    on Jul 1, 2019

    Looks great and a cool way to reuse the mallet handles. Now you can use the mallet heads for another fun project! I like your stain idea too!

    • Sunny Side Design
      on Jul 1, 2019

      Thank you so much Kyralee! Of course we kept the heads to use for another project. We also love the finish it that gave us that great vintage look we were going for.

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