A-Frame Ladder Transformation

Last holiday season, I purchase an A-frame ladder to display our Christmas village. Sue’s sister, Janice, helped us put it together. “Helped” is a relative term as all I did was aid in the unboxing and later, take a picture!

It was advertised as a bookcase but to date, no books have resided on any of the shelves. It has been handy to display a multitude of pictures, though! It’s time for a transformation though now that it’s Spring.

A-Frame Plant Holder

Currently, we have a variety of plants on our dinette table. Three of them are peace lilies, one is a confused Christmas cactus that has been blooming non-stop since Thanksgiving, and one palm frond that is very happy. My plan is to move them all to the A-frame so we can use the table for a jigsaw puzzle. Judy, a blogger friend that I follow, has been doing puzzles lately and it has me itching to start doing them as well. Before I can even think about moving the plants, though, I want to cover the shelves.

Here’s the image from the company’s website, complete with books and doodads. There are five shelves of varying length but the width is a constant.

A-Frame Transformation

This is initially what the ladder looked like when the village was set up. We tweaked it a bit shortly after this picture but it’s fairly accurate. To transform this a-frame into a plant holder, I’d like to make some double-sided shelf liners. One side will reflect a gray and white Buffalo plaid checked fabric, while the reverse will be a sparkly white fabric to represent snow. During most of the year, you would see the plaid side but for the village, it would be switched to all sparkle.

The white fabric has a silver glitter sprinkled generously across the entire width, and I’m hoping the village pieces will catch that glitter and make it shine.

A-Frame Converted

Our test cover was made for the top shelf which is also the shortest. We elected to make the liner approximately an inch longer and wider to allow for shrinkage after washing and drying.

Straight-line quilting made the project a quick and easy one. Ironically enough, the shelves aren’t tall enough for the plants! Only the top shelf can host any plants . . . darn it. We’ll make the rest shelf liners anyway since we have the fabric already. Unless we can take one of the shelves off . . .

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8 Responses

  1. Rose Mikulski says:

    Yay, I was able to like this post on WP. I need more info on the ladder since this is a wonderful way to display the Snow Village at our house and not the GP house because if you know who.

  2. What a wonderful ladder!!! I love it!

  3. Cindy says:

    Did all of your village pieces fit on these shelves? I’ve been looking for something like this to display mine. Would you mind sharing what company you ordered these from? Thank you so much. Enjoy your blog!

  4. Judy B says:

    I like your idea of a shelf liner, and reversible, genius! No doubt your Christmas cactus is huge or will be. Mine is blooming continually since Christmas too, silly things! I’m sure you’ll find a place for the plant..good luck with your jigsaw puzzle!

  5. Mary says:

    Like Dawn, I was think that African Violets should work on these shelves. I love your double sided shelf liners.

  6. chrisknits says:

    Perfect idea! I bet you could leave a shelf or two off.


    I wondered about the shelf height for the plants but nothing ventured nothing gained. It’s a beautiful unit and I know you will find things to put on it and maybe find another place for the plants. Jigsaw puzzles are a great way of working the mind. Good luck.

  8. Dawn says:

    Cute shelf unit! I’ve been looking for a plant stand to put my new obsession with African Violets and other house plants. Good to know that taller plants won’t fit on these shelves. Looks good with your Christmas collection. Great idea for a reversible liner!

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