Pottery Barn inspired ladder lantern porch chandelier

Last weekend J and I hit up Antiques in the Garden at one of my favorite nurseries, Petals from the Past.   While we were there I stumbled upon an old worn out ladder with round rungs. I’ve been looking for a ladder with round rungs ever since I spotted the ones in Pottery barn hanging over the tables and used as lantern hangers.

How freaking awesome is this??

pottery barn ladder over dining table


Image via Pottery Barn

Yes please.

So, I asked for the booth owner to give me a good deal on all three items, and he agreed! I love bargaining for stuff. It makes me feel like a Pawn Star. We loaded everything up along with a few other treasures and brought them all home. J got to work hanging the ladder over our patio table so we could have some lantern action of our own this summer!


I’m so happy with the way this project came together. A huge thank you to my husband for helping me with this. I can’t stop oohing and aahing over it.

old ladder turned into a chandelier


To create the centerpiece, I folded lengths of burlap and wrapped them around store-bought containers of succulents.  Polka-dot ribbon tied in a simple bow holds the burlap in place and adds a pretty feminine touch. Citronella candles in mini galvanized buckets helps to keep the mosquitoes at bay, while an Autumn Fern spills over the top of a fleur-de-lis planter.

pottery barn ladder lantern DIY

Even my ferns seem happier peeking out behind all this awesomeness.

pottery barn ladder lantern DIY

The hanging lanterns came from Kirkland’s, although I’m sure you could DIY these pretty easily. I added the ribbon and the sand stuff at the bottom.

ladder chandelier tealight candles in mason jar

I’ve had that Moravian star from Pier One since our wedding back in 2004. It gets around.

pottery barn ladder lantern DIY

Altogether between the ladder, the mason jars and the star lantern I think I might have formed a trifecta of perfection.

pottery barn ladder lantern DIY

Now here’s more about how we did it, in case you’re wondering. To attach the chains without drilling into our patio roof my husband used “C” clamps. As a side note, let me say that he also put up our rope lights from our old patio so the ceiling is lit up at night. I love soft, ambient, glowy patio lighting at night.

pottery barn ladder lantern DIY

He used “S” hooks and regular hooks with a screw at the end to attach the lanterns and the chain. It is pretty sturdy, but I have switched most of them over to these carabiner keychains for a much safer connection. will take the glass lanterns down when they are not in use in case a freak storm blows through. I don’t want to risk broken glass all over our pool patio.


patio table hanging lanter

Isn’t is so pretty? I just love it. It’s going to get a lot of use this summer with the pool light turned on and the tree frogs and crickets chirping outside. I’m falling deeper in love with this house more and more every day.


hanging ladder with mason jars and moravian starGarrett was obsessed with blowing out the candles. I think I might have a little pyro on my hands. Yikes. He also asked to pose with the new “campfire” so I happily obliged. What a rare event for him to willingly pose in front of the camera like this! Snap snap snap!



The view from my lounge chair is even more excellent than before.


Anyone want to come over and have a night time picnic with us? I’ll fill up the cooler and light the grill.

BYOMR. (Bring Your Own Mosquito Repellent).


DIY rustic Ladder chandelier

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  1. I am absolutely in love with all your awesome finds–and what you did with that great ladder/the lanterns is just FANTASTIC!!!!! i definitely want to try this, too!!! You have inspired me!!!!


  2. DianeTaylor says:

    Wowowowow I love this idea. It looks amazing, you always make everything look so easy and effortless!!

  3. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Beth, that is just stunning!! I will definitely be highlighting this one in one of my future party posts. Girl, that looks fantastic, I love those hanging ladders & you found a beauty. I love going to the Petals antique weekend & hate that I missed it this year. But, there is plenty of thrifting in ATL too. xoxo

  4. I LOVE this!!!! You did a fantastic job:)

  5. This is seriously awesome. Can you come makeover my house, please? 😉

  6. Cottage Touch says:

    Nice project and post.Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  7. anangloinquebec says:

    Now, this is really sweet…love this idea!

  8. Summerland Cottage Studio says:

    Just in time for summer entertaining !

    Thank you for sharing the fun post full of inspiration !

  9. The DIY Show Off says:

    Awesome treasures! I LOVE the ladder with the mason jar lanterns. Now it’s my PB/UB inspiration. 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

    Have a great week!

  10. Miss Kitty says:

    Now THAT is creative! SO pretty too. Did you buy the haning jars recently at Kirkland’s? ‘Cause if you did, I’m running over to get some for myself so I can copy you.

  11. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    This is flippin’ awesome. Looks like something out of a catalog. My aunt used to always have an old ladder on her front porch to hang potted plants. She was ahead of her time, huh?

  12. Simply Kelly says:

    Hi Beth,

    I just discovered your blog and I am in love with this project. I adore the Moravian Star.


  13. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    (PS – Just letting you know I spotlighted this post today at NewlyWoodwards.)

  14. laura@imnotatrophywife.com says:

    Hi beth
    I think you might just be my new bff! I love this! I found you on roeshel’s linky party! okay, my linky of brown paper packages.. is feeling a little wimpy! visiting from

    ps new follower for sure

  15. Mary Ellen says:

    Love this ladder idea and your porch looks so pretty!

  16. Home Frosting says:

    Love, love, love this! Your version is much better than Pottery Barn!

  17. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    Your lantern is amazing! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

  18. Anonymous says:

    love, love, love, this idea – I am thinking of my own spin on this. I have access to wood pallets and am thinking of using half a pallet to recreate this idea. Thank you so much for sharing – you have inspired me and several of my friends.

  19. Erin Zacharda says:

    Wow – this is one of the BEST projects I’ve seen in a long time!! So clever, creative, and charming!
    I’d be so honored if you’d link it up to The AFTER Party @ 3 Meadow Lake Cottage…



  20. Suzanne says:

    Gorgeous. I am so jealous! Seriously. We don’t have any kind of overhang on on patio or I’d be all over this.

    And as you know, I linked you in my recent “you should be reading” post at delightfullyorganizedlife.com

  21. Love it! and everything else you do!
    new follower,

  22. Mimi@blueroofcabin says:

    Seriously awesome!! It’s perfect!

  23. Jamara @ My NW Nest says:

    LOVE it!! There’s not a whole lot better than making something inspired by PB for a fraction of the cost!! =o)

  24. Holly Austin says:

    What a fantastic idea, I absolutely love this!

  25. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    Love your lantern ladder chandelier! Looks great out on your patio!

  26. So pretty! I may just have to steal that idea! 🙂

  27. Megan Brooke says:

    I love this! I absolutely love anything to do with mason jars and love that you hung them from a ladder! I’m actually going to an antique store this weekend and this serves as inspiration to look for some unique things I could use for my patio 🙂

  28. Centsational Girl says:

    Just beautiful Beth, I love this idea, what an enchanting porch you have! Thanks for linking up to the party !


  29. R. Pyper says:

    Holy Hannah, what a great project! Right up my alley. Thanks for posting. 🙂

  30. JENNY K. says:


  31. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    This is wonderful~ I love your inspirations and how you made your own charming piece! Stopping by from CG today~ I host a Friday decorating party if you would like to come join sometime- love this!

  32. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing such a fun idea!

  33. Mrs. Sam says:

    Those pix are magazine worthy! Beautiful job. 🙂

  34. allenaim photography and design says:

    oh my goodness…BEAUTIFUL! I want to come to your house!!!

  35. this is absolutely gorgeous! Love yours much more than the PB version. I would just love it you’d find a moment to share this on my international crafty linking party, Craft Schooling Sunday, we could really use someone like you at the party! all the best and hope to see you there, and of course please feel free to share a few projects!

  36. Becky C says:

    Hi Beth, this is a fabulous find! I love how you made the ladder fit in with your decor. It’s a great way to hang lights, lanterns above the table. So cute!
    Visiting from SNS
    Becky C
    Buckets of Burlap

  37. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Oh wow…. this is amazing! It’s absolutely perfect in every way. You two make a great DIY team. 🙂

    Sharing this on FJI Facebook for SNS 85. 🙂



  38. At The Picket Fence says:

    That is just absolutely fantastic! Truly gorgeous and full of charm and warmth. You did such a great job and I like yours TONS better than the PB version…and not just cause of the price difference! LOL!
    Thanks for sharing this at the Blogger Block party last week. 🙂

  39. I keep rescuing an old wood ladder out of the fire pit that my dear husband really thinks is useless. I knew I wanted to hang it up either for a pot rack or even to hang my towels on, but I really like this idea and think I will try this. Now to go and find that ladder…

  40. This is awesome! And that chicken crate thingy is screaming to be turned into a coffee table with a piece of glass cut to size on top and casters put on the bottom. I think I saw something like that in a recent issue of Better Homes and Gardens! Thanks for sharing…I am enjoying your blog!

  41. kathyalto says:

    Love this so much. You are amazing. Love your blog. I will be following you.

  42. Love how you were able to replicate this! I had seen this in their catalog, and always thought what a neat idea it was. I honestly think yours looks way better.

  43. That is so crazy awesome that I’m thinking of ways to convince my hubby to take down the ceiling fan in our screened porch space and putting something like this up … or maybe I can find another place. Just love, love, love!

  44. shellyandrade says:

    Absolutely fabulous!!

    After my dad passed away, I scored an old ladder that nobody else wanted. I’ve had it in the garage ever since waiting for that perfect something. This is it! This is that something!! Thanx for sharing!! Awesome photos too!!

  45. Anonymous says:

    This is so phonominal…..ok i cant spell….love love this!

  46. Awesome I’m sure sitting in your garden must be real treat at night time!

  47. North Dakota Camper Wife says:

    I love this!! We just found some great driftwood for a love seat in a slough on the Missouri River–now I want to go get more for a ladderish thing for our sun room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  48. hi beth~ love the ladder-of-lanterns…great idea and it looks beautiful along w/ the rest of your patio area! fyi…i was out shootin’ th moon w/ a canon last night as well—from arkansas 🙂

  49. Primsy Doodle Designs says:

    I love your blog and all of your projects. Please consider getting a pinterest button so I can pin them 🙂 If you have one I didn’t see it. Thanks 🙂

  50. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    I loved this when I left a comment on it in December … and I loved it when I came across it last year before I was even blogging.

    And now that I figured out the whole Pinterest thing, I’ve pinned it so that I can share my love with everyone …




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