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.
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.
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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