Backyard and outdoor lighting ideas for all your home that can be made by repurposing items into stylish and functional ways to light up the outside of your home.
If you are looking to kick start the season of outdoor living – in style! I have a few outdoor lighting ideas to inspire you to make the most of your outdoor spaces when the sun goes down.
If you have read my blog for awhile, then you know I kinda have a thing for outdoor lighting. I love the atmosphere it creates for entertaining or just when I am sitting alone outside swinging on my deck swing or gazing out at the lake when dusk arrives.
The glow of the candles makes my backyard feel like a tropical getaway – without it – it is just dark. The exterior lights on the house just don’t add the same ambiance.
I often go outside right before going to bed on hot nights to just enjoy the stillness of the dark with the glow of a candle nearby. It feels magical, plus even if we’re not outdoors, outdoor lighting helps the indoors feel larger; giving the impression that the living space is extended, and draws the inside in.
I receive a lot of questions about the outdoor lighting projects I have posted. The tuna can lantern is still one of my most popular posts and around this time every year, questions start arriving in my inbox about it.
So I thought I would do a round-up of all the outdoor lighting ideas I have made along with a few other easy to do DIY ideas that I have found online.
Outdoor DIY Lighting Ideas:
1. Round Umbrella Table Candle or Flower Centerpiece
2. Pottery Barn Knock-Off Candle Chandelier made using a brass thrift store chandelier.
- Outdoor chandeliers like this work best with battery-operated candles. Here are the ones I use: White Battery-Operated Flicker Candles.
4. Glass Globe Hanging Lantern made using a ceiling fixture globe.
5. Tuna Can Lantern made using a can, lantern, and hurricane or drinking glass.
6. Walkway Lights made using plastic soda bottles
7. Restoration Hardware Knock-Off Concrete Fire Column made using concrete and cardboard tubes.
8. Update a Rusted Light Fixture using this paint.
More DIY Outdoor Lighting Ideas:
- Place lights at every level, on the ground, on tabletops, and suspended overhead to make your outdoor space feel warm and inviting. (Would be nice to have the water view, too.)
- Line a railing, walkway, or garden with mason jars, seashells with votive, or colorfully painted cans that have holes punched into them.
Photo: Lowes Creative Ideas
- Hang mason jars or punched tin cans from a tree, an arbor, or a swing arm hanging flower planter bracket, or even a curtain rod bracket.
Credit + Photo: Chezbeeperbebe
- Make your own chandelier using a wire basket. Hang using chain and fill with candle filled mason jars. For added style, add a few crystals.
- Use candles alone or group together in multiples for more impact. Add water for floating lights.
Photo: How To Do It
- Place a candle at each place setting on an outdoor table when dining alfresco. Anything can be made into a candle holder. Even without the shades – stemware alone makes perfect votive holders.
- If you can’t use candles, look for strings of white wired Christmas lights to hang from a white railing, trellis or pergola on a porch, patio, or deck. I have bought them at Walmart. Use cups hooks to hang.
Photo: The Handmade Home
- Use green wired Christmas Tree lights around trees in your yard.
Photo: Best Coolist
- Don’t have the time to DIY? Most home improvement stores, Target, and Walmart sell inexpensive solar powered walkway lights that are on stakes. They are simple to use. Place these around your garden and porch. They might only last one summer, but will make your backyard feel like a magical place to getaway.
I hope that seeing some of these outdoor lighting ideas will inspire you to create your own unique lighting for the outside of your home this year.
Light Up the Night in Style