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. Melissa Cagle says:

    I just love the ladder with the mason jar lights. It is a wonderful idea, I just wish that I had a patio to hang one up on!!!!! WONDERFUL!!!

  2. I am in love! We’ve been looking for a way to liven up our porch and provide some lighting at night and I think I just found it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. It looks gorgeous… now you’ve got me thinking….

  4. Hi lady! I’m featuring you over at Looksisquare.com for my takeover day later on today! It’s gonna be alllll mason jars! xo

  5. Love this and your blog!

  6. Love the ladder!! Will definitely plagiarize your idea…I was thinking maybe carabiners instead of s-hooks though as they will never let the lanterns go!!.
    Thanks for the marvy idea!!

  7. Oh, I love this! Perfect idea for a backyard patio. Good choice on the lanterns, too. It just looks so beautiful with the candles glowing.

  8. Beautifully done! I’m definitely going to have to keep my eyes open for an old ladder and some fixtures so I can duplicate your wonderful idea in my backyard!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  9. I love this idea. A few years ago my husband made me pot rack for our old house and it looks similar to your ladder you have here. I have been struggling with what to do with it since we no longer live in that house and now you solved my problem! I love this idea and cannot wait to put it up in our new house!

    Thanks for posting!

    I hope you link up with our party this week too!

  10. Hi there, I would like to know where did you get the wire to make the Bell shaped votive holders

  11. This is ah-mazing!!!! I actually featured it today on my mason jar light round-up 🙂


    Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  12. Beautiful! I’m just sorry it took me this long to find it 🙂 I’ve featured this on Copycat Crafts http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pb-inspired-ladder-lantern-hanger/

  13. I love your post on using ladders! I just wanted to let you know I featured you with a link back at inspiringhomestyle

  14. You have a beautiful home. Love all your ideas. Keep them coming. Thanks and have a Blessed Day

  15. I love the ladder. As for mosquito control, why dontcha buy a couple of Citronella buckets from Walmart. They come in various colors, plain galvanized, red, blue, green. I bought a couple of the galvanized ones. They are small, about the size of your mason jar lanterns, and each one last 30 hours, and cost under 5 bucks. Or better yet, get some citronella scented candles to put in one of your own lanterns.



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