25+ Outdoor Lighting DIYs To Brighten Up Your Summer
Forget candles. These creative lighting ideas are a cheap and easy way to get your backyard beautiful for summer entertaining.
1. Colorful Canning Jar Lights
Cover canning jars in translucent glass paint and hang them from chord fixtures to create a cluster of colorful lights, like this blogger
2. Paper Bag Lanterns
Cut small slits in paper bags and cover string lights— hanging ribbons add a party vibe. Find the full tutorial here
3. Wine Bottle Torch
Turn old wine bottles into snazzy torches with some basic hardware and a wick. Get the full tutorial here
Turn a Dollar Store basket in beautiful lighting with a simple chain and light. Check out this post
for the how to.
5. Tin Can Lanterns
Fill a tin can with water, freeze it, and punch a design using a hammer and nail. once the ice has melted, you can paint the can’s exterior. Find all the details here
6. Hanging Railing Jars
Just create little wire hangers for your jars and hang them on the railing or balcony. A full tutorial is here
7. Cupcake Lights
Who knew cupcake liners made for sweet decor? Cut a small X in the top of a liner and secure it around the bulbs on a string of lights. Created by this blogger
8. Glass Candle Lanterns
Use an old tuna can and glasses of various shapes and sizes to create outdoor lanterns. This post
has all the details.
9. Hanging Tea Lights
Simply hang tea lights from a tree with colorful ribbons and pretty bows. Pinned here
10. Mason Jar Solar Lights
Here’s a tutorial
. You could use newspaper or tissue paper.
12. Hanging Succulent Chandelier
This succulent chandelier used to be a pot rack. Nestle tea lights in jars amongst greenery for a subtle glow, like this blogger
13. Ice Lantern
It won’t last long in the heat, but you can turn a balloon, water. and a freezer into a crazy cool outdoor lighting motif. Check out this tutorial
14. Hula Hoop Chandelier
Wrap lace or another decorative ribbon around a hula hoop, then wrap in icicle lights and you have a truly unique set of hanging lights. Created by this blogger.
15. Solar Light Chandelier
Just replace the bulbs in an outdoor chandelier with solar lights. No electricity needed!
16. Wine Glass Chandeliers
17. Grapevine Lights
Make balls from grapevines (or wires if you don’t live on a farm) and wrap icicle lights around them to create glimmering orbs. This tutorial has all the details.
18. Beer Bottle Table Runner
Stuff colorful string lights into beer bottles to make a nightlight table runner. Super easy, and blogged about here.
19. Glow-In-The-Dark Painted Planters
20. Fabric Lamps
Cover plastic cups in colorful patterned fabrics and string them onto lights. Followthese directions.
21. Upcycled Outdoor Chandelier
This blog post
shows you how to transform an indoor chandelier into backyard decor.
22. Starry Lights
Restoration Hardware sells these battery-powered starry lights that you can wrap around an outdoor plant or trellis.
23. Birthday Hat Lights
Cut the base off of cone birthday hats, polk some holes using thumb tacks, and wrap the hats around string lights. This post
has all the info.
24. Seashell Lighting
String seashells in tea lights or use them as a base for candles. All of these are byMartha
, of course.
25. Origami String Lights
Practice some basic origami skills to create little paper lanterns for each string light. Posted here
26. Glowing Light Orbs
Follow this tutorial and make these glowing orbs for only $3.
27. Watercolor Orbes
Spray white paper lanterns with watercolor paint to add some color to your outdoor decor. This post shows you how.
28. Emergency Outdoor Light
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