Tutorial: DIY Pottery Barn Rustic Lantern

If you read my post last week, you know that I promised you a tutorial on how I made this rustic outdoor lantern.  The best part…it costs pennies and can be done in about an hour!

how to make a pottery barn rustic lanternHere are the supplies|tools you’ll need:

To start, you want to create the base of the lantern.  I grabbed 5 redwood stakes and cut off the pointy end to a length of 8.5″

make your own rustic lantern[yes, there are only 4 pictured here, the 5th one was camera-shy]

Slap some glue along the long edge and snuggle them together.

diy pottery barn rustic lanterndiy rustic pottery barn lanternNow squeeze the living daylights out of these poor things using a couple clamps.

knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternAnd wipe off any excess glue that oozed out.

rustic pottery barn lanterns diyTo make the little feet, I used the pointy tips that I cut off prior and cut 4 of them to 0.75″ x 1.5″

knock off pottery barn rustic lanternsAren’t they cute?  Now attach them onto the base with a little wood glue [still love the old Gorilla] and a couple finishing nails.  I attached the 4 legs 0.5″ in from either side.

rustic lanterns diyBecause the base is clamped together, I kept on plugging away building the sides.  Grab your redwood board and cut 4 pieces to 18″ long.

rustic outdoor lanterns diyWe are a carpet-crazy family!  Even the garage has the whole layered rug look thing going on.

Now attach each of these to the base using a little blob of glue and finishing nails.  By this time I removed the clamps [apx 25 minutes had passed] and had no problem with the base coming apart.

diy outdoor rustic lanternNow it’s time to add the support pieces.  Grab 8 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these lengths:

  • 4 @ 5.5″
  • 4 @ 5″

Starting at the base, place 2 of each size in between the redwood board.  I simply used wood glue to hold these in place.

make a rustic outdoor lanternYou can also see that I laid these pieces on their sides to give the bottom some chunk.

Now use the remaining 4 pieces at the top, but this time flip them the other way and nail into place.  Be sure they are level with the tops of your side boards.

pottery barn knock-off rustic lanternAlmost done, I promise!

Grab 4 more of those redwood stakes and cut down to these dimensions:

6.25″, 2 @ 5.5, 6″

Create a “box” [I like the staggered seam look] and nail together.

knock off pottery barn lanternTo create a handle I used what I had on hand.  You can pick up heavy gauge wire at you-guessed-it Home Depot, or any hardware store.

You’re going to laugh when I tell you what I used.  Do you remember my Lego storage project?  Remember I removed the wire handles from the paint cans and replaced them with jute string?  Don’t ask me why I kept them, but I’m so glad I did.  These are paint can handles!!  Am I weird, or what??

knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternsTo attach your handle, drill 2 small holes on 2 sides and slip your wire/paint can handle in.

knock-off rustic outdoor lantern pottery barnI had to use pliers in order to straighten out this sucker.  Once through the hole, I simply curled it back up.

diy knock-off pottery barn rustic lanternNow simple attach this to the top your piece with some glue and you’re done!

I think all my blabbing was worth it, ‘cuz this is what I have to show for it!

how to make a rustic pottery barn lanternIsn’t she pretty?

pottery barn inspired diy rustic lanternI chose not to stain or seal my lantern because I want Mother Nature to distress it naturally for me.

diy rustic wood lanternbuild a pottery barn lanternI know I blabbed on and on, but trust me this is such an easy project.  I banged out one lantern in one hour [thank goodness for play dates!]

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19 Responses to Tutorial: DIY Pottery Barn Rustic Lantern

  1. Amy, this is freakin’ gorgeous and I can’t believe you made it from scratch! Amazing!

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  3. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome says:

    What a great project Amy!!! I absolutely love it and don’t you love Gorilla Glue! xo Thanks so much for linking all your creativity! ox

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  6. Doree says:

    I love Pottery Barn, this DIY is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. Join us this wednesday night at 8:30 PM EST for our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party -Doree

  7. Kristi says:

    LOVE this! I could see grouping a few of these in my front entryway! I can’t wait to share it tomorrow morning with my favorite projects for the Summer at http://www.makingitinthemountains.com! Wishing you SUCH a lovely long weekend!

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  10. Beautiful project, Amy! I love how this turned out! I’m so glad you linked this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop because this will be one of my features at our next party!

  11. Amy says:

    These are so pretty, Amy! The paint can handles are genius!!

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    Ana White and Team

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  15. Oh my am I loving these lanterns! Awesome tutorial too ☺ Pinned to share and make – thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Nita says:

    Love it!!! What a comedy show. Thanks for the laughs.

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