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How To Make Outdoor Glass Hanging Lights

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I love to be outside and have this thing for outdoor lighting. I think it can make or break the mood of an evening spent outside so I am always looking for new ways to best light my deck and patio for different occasions.

I cannot take credit for coming up with this idea for this trendy outdoor light.  I have to thank the creative team at Lowes that puts together their free Creative Ideas Magazine for the idea.

How To Make Outdoor Glass Hanging Lights using an inexpensive globe light shade and chain bought at the home improvement store. #outdoordecor #outdoorlighting #yardlights #DIYlighting #globelights

I am at Lowes almost every day.  It is really close to my house which is good and bad, but it sure helps when I need to pick up supplies for my projects.  Last week when I was there, I picked up a copy of the latest issue of Lowes Creative Ideas.  When I got home and flipped through the pages and saw these DIY globe lights, I knew I had to make one.  Since Lowes is so close, back I went to buy a glass globe. They had one left so I think I am not the only one who loved this project idea.

They used twine and paint to make their version, but when I went to my basement to get some twine, I didn’t have any.

How to make outdoor globe lights

I could have gone back to Lowes to get some, but since I am a DIY loving girl, I searched through my stash and came up with something else to use.   I found gold hardware store chain that I used to make jewelry and some jump rings. I am calling  the one I made the glam version.   :)

supplies needed:

  • 3-1/4” – Prismatic Glass light globe
  • Hardware store chain, cut into 4 sections:  Enough to go around lip of globe and three equal lengths to hang.  Any narrow chain will work. The one I used is called #300 Hobby Twist Chain
  • 5 jump rings. I used a small one to connect the chain around the globe and larger ones to hang.
  • Wire Cutters

1.  Measure around globe and cut a piece of chain to that size.

How to make a light from a glass globe light cover

2. Attach it with a jump ring. Make sure it is very snug. I initially made it too big and ended up removing one more link so it was snug.

Tutorial on how to make an outdoor hanging light

3. Figure out where and how low you want it to hang and cut 3 pieces of chain the exact same size. Count the links if necessary. If one of the chains is longer, the globe will hang crookedly.  Attach each chain with a jump ring evenly spaced around the chain which goes around the lip of the globe.  Then attach the ends together with another jump ring. I used a very large one as this will be what you hook the globe on to hang.

How to hang an outdoor light fixture

4. To keep the globe from getting wax in it, you can use battery operated candles, tea lights, or even place a tea light in a glass votive for extra protection.  You can also fill the bottom with sand to help keep the candle secure.

Outdoor candle DIY ideas cheap and stylish

I hung this on the pergola on my deck to take the photo, but I think I am going to  move it to the side entrance of my house and hang it on a wall mounted swing arm style plant hanger for added impact.

*Update – Now that we have moved to our lake home, I will find a home for this hanging globe light on our dock to welcome lake wanderers back home at night. :)

Inexpensive Outdoor Lighting fixture ideas using items from the hardware store.

Later in the week I was at Home Depot to buy some Glidden paint and found these outdoor glass light covers.  I usually use cleaned out pickle jars for the candles I use on my outdoor tables, but these are prettier and only $3.50 each – plus they complement the hanging globe light.

Candle holder ideas from the hardware store

I placed tea lights inside each. They just glow – so pretty.

 Candle holder ideas - repurposed

How To Make Outdoor Glass Hanging Lights using an inexpensive globe light shade and chain bought at the home improvement store.

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47 Comments

  1. Diane, thank you for making and posting. I would have missed this! I have been looking for something to hang under the wood boards on my patio area. My porch area is above. I thought about the revamped dining room fixture that you have previously done but like the idea of just tying a few of these to the boards above. I have small blue rope that I think I will use to attach. Yep, I have been pushed the right direction!

    1. Hi Linda –
      So happy that I inspired you. The blue rope will work perfectly and make the lights truly unique to your style. Love when I read or hear that someone used what they had on hand and created something in their own style with it- way to go!

  2. I love them both but I think I like your version better. If you want to paint them but still make them see through. You could mix food coloring and ModPodge and paint the inside or outside of the globe and still be able to see the tea light burning.

  3. I like your glam version better than Lowe’s painted ones. I had a couple of vintage light covers like the Home Depot ones you showed. I used tea lights in them too. Very pretty….till the ND wind took them and blew them right off the picnic tables! :-(

    I also have used wide-mouth brown glass bottles we get vitamins in. Those too are very pretty with tea lights. I would hide them in the flowers outside for soft, ambient lighting at parties.

    1. Hi Connie – that darn wind!!! :) The brown bottles – great idea hiding them in the flowers. I can just imagine how nice that would look. Now I am going to be on the look out for them.

  4. I actually pinned this from the Lowe’s pinterest pin. Thought it was such a great idea. But now, seeing yours, so much more classier, I am glad you didn’t find any twine, the chain is so pretty against the glass. Almost as good as your tuna can ones :)

    1. Hi Stephanie – Thanks. I am glad that I save all my supplies from past projects. The chain has been untouched for a long time and I was thrilled to have found a use for it. I bought a whole spool of it – for what I can’t even remember, but I am sure glad I had it on hand. Lowes sells it by the foot.

  5. That is so creative! Awesome. And Lowes SHOULD be paying you to post about them since you’re so good at it!

    1. Thanks Furniture Girl XO

      I am on a first name basis with a lot of the employees at my local Lowes. The guys in the lumber department see me coming and know I am going to be asking them to help me look for something unusual. They are the best and answer all my questions about materials etc.