Do-It-Yourself Mardi Gras Ladder Tips

Make your Mardi Gras ladder pop!

Lots of people are “love” or “hate” when it comes to Mardi Gras ladders, but unless the city of New Orleans decides to implement a full-scale ban, they’re going to continue to be a part of the festivities.  (Our little ones need to be able to see, too!)

Above is a video with some cool design tips.  Below is some helpful advice on assembly and/or building your own box.

Make your own Mardi Gras ladder

Option 1: Go to a hardware store and buy a kit.

This is the easier way to go, and it can be pretty fast, depending on how much you want to invest in decoration and extras.  If you want to leave it as is, you only have to attach the box to the ladder, and add the wheels and straps.  Thankfully, the folks in the business of making this easier on us do us the favor of drilling the holes, so actual assembly only requires a couple of wrenches and a screwdriver (make sure you have those handy).  And honestly, this saves you TONS of time with the box being pre-assembled.

Option 2: Build your own box.

This option is a little cheaper (not much, but a little), and it gives one the satisfaction of being able to say, “I built that!”  Some of us are just craftier than others.  And it doesn’t have to be needlessly complex either, as a person has the option of buying some/all of the hardware that comes in the full ladder kits.  Harry’s Ace Hardware in Uptown has the full ladder kits but also sells individual components from the kit separately.  Those components include:

The box (Wood, between 2-2 1/2 feet wide, 1 foot deep, 1 foot tall)
The ladder (Wood, 6 feet tall)
The wheels (2, plastic)
The hardware for the wheels (2 large 1/4″ width bolts, 2 large nuts, 4 large washers)
The seat belt with hardware (2 wood screws, 2 washers, 2 nylon belts, 2 clasps)
The box straps with hardware (2 nylon belts, wood screws, washers)
The hardware for attaching the box (4 bolts, 4 washers, 4 wingnuts)

 

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To build your own box, you’re going to need 2 longer boards (2-2 1/2 feet) and 2 shorter boards (1 foot), each a foot high and 3/4″ thick, along with a wooden dowel cut slightly longer (2 1/2 feet or more) and some wood screws (and wood glue more than likely for the dowel, unless you want to secure it another way).

Drill in your holes for the dowel, ladder attachment and wheels, screw/glue your pieces together, sand the thing over, and you’re good to go.  And if you have any positioning or hardware questions, check out the kits at the hardware store … those are great reference material.

And here are some more options for research:

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