As usual most of the materials I already had. Therefore the cost of this project was very minimal. I began this project with 3 tobacco sticks of the same size in length! I scored a bundle of these at the local flea market for $10! Fall is a great season to find them on a budget!
You can always trim them to make both equal so your blanket is stable!
I had previously cut the 3rd stick into 5 pieces each 12 inches in length for the steps.