DIY Branch Ladder

What you will need:

  • Long branches, the height of your ladder (approximately 7.62cm – 8.89cm round)
  • Shorter branches for the rungs (approximately 3.81cm – 5.08cm round)
  • 1” (2.54cm) hole saw
  • 1” (2.54cm) forstner drill bit
  • Miter saw
  • Craft Knife
  • Sander


  1. Before starting work, make sure to thoroughly clean your branches. Use the craft knife (or a pocket knife) to scrape off the bark and smooth them out. If you prefer, you can leave the bark for a rougher look.
  2. If you opted to remove the bark, use the sander to smooth out the wood.
  3. Cut all of your rungs so they are nice and straight.
  4. Clamp one of your branches to a stable surface and centre the 1” (2.54cm) hole saw on the end and drill ¾” (1.9cm) deep.
  5. Chip away the wood on the outside of the hole you just made.
  6. Now use your forstner drill bit and drill holes along each side of your long branches, making sure to line them up so the rungs are level.
  7. Fill the holes with a little wood glue and attach the rungs.
  8. Let the glue dry and there you go!