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Ladder Trees Will Be Your New Favorite Christmas Tree Trend

Move over, Christmas trees! Country Woman’s December/January cover has inspired readers to create festive holiday ladder trees. Which one is your favorite?

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Amanda Stice of Otterville, Missouri, writes: “My mother, subscriber Teena Fugate, was quite inspired by your December/January 2018 issue. Here is her version of the ladder tree from the cover with elves decorating it. My father is a carpenter and this was one of the original wooden ladders he used when he first started his business 30 years ago. He dug it out of the back of the barn for this project. We painted the tree green, but it was very dark, so I dry brushed some white ‘snow’ on it for her.” (Here are the 12 secrets your Christmas tree wish you knew.)

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Jan Buetow of Kansasville, Wisconsin, writes: “The cover of your December/January 2018 issue inspired me to repurpose the 10 foot ladder that has been sitting in my basement for 21 years. It’s such a clever way to decorate. I just love your magazine and share the ideas and recipes with family and friends. Keep up the great work!”

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Jeanne Ambrose, executive editor of Country Woman, recently took the December/January 2018 issue to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she visited with her sister Theresa Kamakana and her nephew Keola Kamakana. They were inspired to create this tree after seeing the cover. It was a family affair, and Keola’s girlfriend helped, too. (Here are 20 other wacky ways to decorate your tree.)

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Amanda Stice of Otterville, Missouri, writes: “My mother, Teena Fugate, was inspired by your December/January 2018 cover to create this penguin ladder tree. She also made matching penguin curtains to hang above it.”

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Janie Clark of Kingsport, Tennessee, writes: “I went to the salon for a haircut and my hair stylist was looking at the December/January 2018 issue of Country Woman. She thought the ladder tree looked cool. I told her that I had a ladder and that I would have to try to create my own tree. I had fun putting it together with my great niece and nephew. When I invited a group of friends over to see it, they were impressed.”

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Susan Walsh of Winter Springs, Florida, writes: “Thank you, Country Woman magazine, for the idea of decorating an old ladder. It truly is a step up from tradition! What an inspiration. We live in Florida, and, this year, real as well as artificial Christmas trees are expensive. So, we dusted the cobwebs off of an old ladder in the garage and went to work! The ladder is pretty neat with paint stains, etc. However, it was transformed into a beautiful ‘tree.’ It was so much fun to let the creativity flow using the decorations we already have; no need to buy anything new. We covered it in green and red garland, colorful lights, cranberry garland, and topped it with our lighted angel along with Rudolph sitting on the shelf. The base of the ladder had a white sheet for ‘snow’ and wooden Santas painted by my mom. We love it and will decorate this old ladder for years to come! Everyone should give this a try.”

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Connie Mearkle of Everett, Pennsylvania, writes: “I loved the ladder tree on the cover when I got my magazine in the mail, and I was determined to do this. My husband is a painter and he thought it would be cool to do.”

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Here’s the cover of Country Woman that was the inspiration for the creations. 

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Originally Published in Country Woman