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Six Panel Jacob’s Ladder

Materials: PVA glue (or craft glue if you don’t have PVA on hand), glue
brush, spray adhesive (optional), scrap paper (I used some paint swatches
that we had collected over the years), scissors, ruler, 12 boards (light weight
book board or mat board) all the same size, 3 ribbons 1/8”-1/4” wide (each
ribbon two times the length of six boards) packaging tape (optional).

Preparations: Cut out 12 boards (mine are mat board) the size you desire,
mine are cut to fit the size of my paint swatches. Cover 1 side of your
boards with scraps of newsprint, magazine paper, paint swatches, photos,
wrapping paper or whatever else your little heart desires. I used spray glue
for the step.

Measure and draw three lines in the exact same places on the back of all 12
boards ( one about 1/2-1” in on either side, and one in the middle of these
two marks). These marks are guides on where you will be attaching your

Tip: If you are hoping to attach your boards in a specific sequence you will
want to lay them out in two rows. One row for front boards and one row for
back boards. You can also assign them numbers with one row of boards
being odds and one row being evens.

When attaching your ribbons and boards take care that your ribbons don’t
twist. Pattern
Jacob’s Ladder from Paint Swatches

Step 1: Attach two ribbons to your first board with strings facing left on the
outer marks. Attach your center ribbon with string facing right. You can use
either glue to attach your ribbons or tape. I used tape because it is easier to
adjust if needed.

Step 2: Glue the second board on top, like a sandwich.

Step 3: Turn your attached boards over so that the middle ribbon now faces

Step 4: Wrap the middle ribbon on top of the board, so that all of the
ribbons face right. Pattern
Jacob’s Ladder from Paint Swatches

Step 5: Attach the middle ribbon to the bottom of the third board.

Step 6: Move the outer ribbons out from under the third board, so they are
on top of board one. (The ribbons are moved out from under between the
two boards).

Step 7: Place board four face down directly on top of board two.

Step 8: Fold the top and bottom ribbons over board four so they are facing
right and tape or glue down, but only on board four.

Step 9: Move both the top and bottom ribbons under the third board. Pattern
Jacob’s Ladder from Paint Swatches

Step 10: Glue the third and fourth boards together.

Step 11: place your fifth board under the two outer ribbons. Attach your
ribbons to your board.

Step 12: Fold the middle ribbon over to the left and attach to board 5.

Step 13: Glue board six on top of board five. Wrap the middle ribbon to the

Step 14: Attach the middle ribbon to the bottom of board seven (see step

Steps 15-19: Repeat steps 6-10 to attach boards seven and eight.

Steps 20-22: Follow steps 11-13 with boards nine and ten. Pattern
Jacob’s Ladder from Paint Swatches

Step 23: Attach the middle ribbon to the bottom of board eleven. Trim the
end of the ribbon so that it doesn’t stick out past the end of the board.

Step 24: Pull out the outer ribbons and have them facing left.

Step 25: Place board twelve face down, on top of boards nine and ten.

Step 26: Attach two outer ribbons by folding over board twelve so that the
ribbons are now facing right. Trim the ribbons so that they don’t stick out
past the last board.

Step 27: Glue boards twelve and eleven together.

Step 28: Allow glue to fully adhere. Place folded Jacob’s Ladder under a
large book during drying.

Step 29: Enjoy. Pattern

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